Nan Lian Garden is located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon. It is a Chinese garden in the heart of the city. It is surrounded by high rise buildings, however the garden is very peaceful. This garden is very scenic and has lots of unique rocks and plants. Entry to visit is free, so there is no excuse not to visit! The garden is 35,000 square meters, in other words, it is huge! There is a souvenir shop, vegetarian restaurant, a Chinese tea house and a multi-purpose function room for events.
I had debated for a few days if I was even going to visit this place. It wasn't on Hong Kong Island where I was staying and was about 45 minutes away. I decided to just go because I skipped out on some other things I wanted to do and it was a nicer day than the past few had been. I am so happy I decided to go because this garden was so beautiful. I arrived late, around 3 pm and ended staying about an hour and a half. There weren't a lot of people which was great. I hate having other tourists in my photos.
The garden has so many different types of trees and plants. In the middle of the city you expect a lot of noise and people, but the garden was so quiet.
The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection was my favourite building. It reminds me of something you would see in Japan with the gold and red colours. Maybe it's because there is a building that is similar to it in Japan. I took like 10 selfies in front of this pavilion. I also brought my selfie stick because I wasn't using it much, but selfie sticks are actually not allowed to be used here.
I love mills and waterfalls! One of my favourite things to photograph has been flowers, trees and waterfalls.
The Pavilion Bridge functions as both pavilion and bridge hence it's name. On the top of the pavilion is a phoenix.
I've never seen so many weird looking trees. This is such a great place to have a photo shoot!
After walking around for a bit I headed to Chi Lin Nunnery which is accessible by a bridge in the garden.
Chi Lin Nunnery was a lot busier. It was established in 1934. It is a large temple made of stylish wooden architecture. There are two lotus ponds with koi fish swimming around. You can also see the golden horns on top of the temple.
The two lotus ponds are on both sides of the path in the nunnery.
You can see how urban this garden and temple are with the tall buildings in the background.
The nunnery was like every other temple I've been to in the sense that you can go inside the temple and see a shrine and take pictures. There's not much to see other than that. I probably stayed there about 30 mins then went back to Nan Lian to walk around more.
I walked though a pathway and I saw these trees and branches that I thought were really cool.`
These trees look like they should be in a creepy dark forest.
I can't get enough, it's so beautiful!
I took so many selfies with this pavilion. I spent like 15 minutes just taking pictures in front of it. This should be on your list if you are visiting Hong Kong. It's free, not crowded and beautiful!
Take the MTR to Diamond Hill MTR station (MTR Kwun Tong Line). Exit the station through C2 and follow the signs. It's only minutes away.
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