Nan Lian Garden: Hongkong's Most Relaxing Landmark

By January 07, 2018 ,

My first out-of-the county trip was in 2013 in Hongkong and Macau. It was such a delightful experience. I'd just graduated from my masteral studies and being able to travel to a foreign land with nothing to think but to enjoy the place, taste local dishes and visit amusement parks was such a breather at that time.

Hongkong is an ultra-modern environment, signs of development, both in economics affair, infrastructures and lifestyle, are visible everywhere. Having been a colony of Britain for more than five hundred years, this special administrative region of China retains some British influence in its lifestyle.

However, its culture is largely entrenched to its motherland. Still thoroughly oriental highlighting some of the most important traditions in the Chinese culture. Hongkong seems reminding visitors that despite being under the British rules for more than a hundred years, they're still very much a Chinese territory.

One of its landmarks that remind visitors of the territory's original roots is Nan Lian Garden, a fine example of a magnificent Chinese landscape architecture. This is a must visit place in Hongkong. Apart from the free entrance, this magnificent Chinese garden offers the visitors with a unique tranquility. A variety of oriental plants and trees spread throughout the area. And there's a water curtain that helps relax tired senses after having an exhausting day visiting the amusement parks.

It happens to be my favorite tourist spot in Hongkong. I adored its very serene atmosphere and quiet environment. The relaxing green landscape is cool to the senses.

Nan Lian Garden is a scenic public park in Kowloon that's beautifully built under the Tang Dynasty influence. Smack in the middle of Diamond Hill's myriad of apartments and commercial buildings, this garden covers an area of more than 3 hectares of land. 

At the bright pagoda within the ground of Nan Lian Garden 

It is meticulously landscaped according to the Tang Dynasty tradition. It has ponds, a variety of Bonsai trees and hillocks that run through the rock formation and oriental trees. Potted plants, clay avenues and waterfalls complete the picturesque atmosphere. If you're someone who enjoys the tranquility of nature, and the silence of the environment, this place is a perfect destination for you.

Within the garden is Chi Lin Nunnery, a huge Buddhist temple complex with cluster of wooden buildings that house precious treasures and Buddha relics. It has a lotus garden and a spacious ground for strolling in the upper level of the park, an area that overlooks the bustling thoroughfare of Diamond Hill. 

In the middle of Nan Lian Garden is the bright Pagoda temple. It is beautifully surrounded with a lotus pond that runs along the rock formation and water mill. However, going inside the complex is largely prohibited. During our visit we're only advised to take pictures outside.

Completing the oriental wonder of Nan Lian Garden is the vegetarian restaurant that serves authentic Chinese dishes and teas. Beside the restaurant is a wood and rock museum. Taking pictures while inside the museum is also strongly prohibited.

Museum and Vegetarian restaurant 

Tranquil atmosphere 

At the rock formation and oriental plant landscape 

Nan Lian Garden has no entrance fee and opens to the public everyday from 6:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening. The best time of the day to visit this place is at 4:00 in the afternoon when the weather temperature is no longer punishing. 

At the Chi Lin Nunnery complex with my friend, Dr. Maribeth Galindo

Exact location is at 60 Fung Tak road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hongkong. If you're traveling from Tsim Sha Tsui (like we did), catch an MTR ride and alight at Diamond Hill station Exit C2. Then cross the street, Nan Lian is just around the area.

Important tip when visiting Hongkong: Buy an Octopus Card upon arrival, perhaps in the airport. This is a must and will make your Hongkong travel experience so much easier. Commuting in all public transport is paid through Octopus Card. Upon departure, any remaining balance in the card will be reimbursed to you provided you'll return it to any establishments that accept reimbursement of the card.

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