Saturday, April 2, 2011

Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery in HK

Under a light drizzle at 7:00 am of Saturday morning, I braved the 16 C outdoor temperature of Hong Kong, just to see the Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery at Diamond Hill. Their brochure says its "serenity in the midst of urban hustle and bustle", and they are absolutely correct.

At that early hour and with cold gloomy weather, I was the first visitor of the area that time to enter the Black Lintel Gate below. I just don't understand why they call it black, when the color of the wooden gate is brown.

Stone formations and various plants will greet you along the pathways

There is a picnic area under banyan trees.

Their eye-catching Perfection Pavilion, on the middle of a lagoon, that can be accessed only through the orange-colored Zi Wu Bridges.

The blue pond with its colorful and big koi fishes. Very tranquil and relaxing place. Disturbing the koi fishes by feeding them or creating noise is not allowed on this place.

Man-made Silver Strand and Waterfall on Long Men Lou area.

Next to it is a large watermill.

A stone formation along the path. I'm curious if its carved by nature or by human hands.

The steps that lead to the Chi Lin Nunnery upstairs. 

Top view of Perfection Pavilion and Lotus Pond from the steps leading to Chi Lin Nunnery.

View of Chi Lin at the entrance

One of the many stone displays on the perimeter walkway of the nunnery, with words of wisdom below the stone's post.

Another view of the front building.

One of the 4 lotus ponds in the nunnery.

View of the east courtyard from the west side.

The operating hours of the nunnery building, displayed on the bottom of its stairs.

A dragon-inspired door knocker on the doors along the nunnery's fences.

An attempted panoramic view of the area.

This is a nice place to visit when you want to relax, clear your mind, or do personal soul searching. Visitors are encouraged to dress properly and refrain from taking group photos, to maintain serenity of the place.

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