Friday, October 21, 2016

A zen place called Nan Lian Garden

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When you go to Hong Kong you should also see some tempels too! They are quite stunning and Hong Kong has a lot of them. I think the biggest and well known tempel attraction that Hong Kong has is the Big Buddha which is obviously stunning, but I think its also worth paying a visit to the other tempels and monasteries too.

Like the Chi Lin Nunnery that covers a large area of 3,5 hectares between all the apartments and tall buildings of Diamond Hill town. It's like Central Park in NY basically. I have to say that Chi Lin Nunnery is twice as neater and cleaner than Big Buddha with less tourists too which is always a plus in my travelbook. To reach Chi Lin Nunnery you have to walk through Nan Lian garden first which was very zen! 
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Wanneer je in Hong Kong ben, moet je absoluut enkele tempels bezoeken. Ze zijn best indrukwekkend en Hong Kong heeft er veel van. Ik denk dat de meest bekende tempel attractie dat Hong Kong heeft is de Grote Boeddha wat natuurlijk erg prestigieus is, maar het is ook de moeite waard is om andere tempels en kloosters te bezoeken.

Wat dacht je van de Chi Lin Klooster dat uit 3,5 hectare grond bestaat en die tussen hoge gebouwen en appartementen van Diamond Hill bevindt. Net Central Park in NY eigenlijk. Ik moet zeggen dat Chi Lin Klooster tweemaal netter en schoner is dan Grote Boeddha met minder toeristen en dat is natuurlijk altijd fijn. Om Chi Lin Klooster te bereiken ga je eerst door de Nan Lian tuin, wat mij een zen gevoel gaf!

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Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池) - Diamond Hill - Hong Kong

The Nan Ling Garden is a public garden and free from charge (yay!). The garden is designed in `Tang dynasty` style with lots of green, temples, bridges and everything else to make this garden amazingly scenic leaving nature loving people like me a zen feel behind.
Too bad the bridge was closed. I would have love to check this temple out from a closer distant.
It was extremely hot, sunny and always humid in Hong Kong that day. Even the rocks needed to cool down by water sprinklers/mist which looks pretty cool too.
Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery - Diamond Hill - Hong Kong 

Inside the Nan Ling garden was the Chi Lin Nunnery which was actually our main purpose to go to this garden in the first place. One of my aunt is Buddhist and she wanted to pay her respect and prayers to her Gods inside the Chi Lin Nunnery. And of course I did as well, not that I am a Buddhist.

The Nan Ling garden holds now and then exhibitions of art, culture matters etc. and apparently there is also a teahouse and a vegetarian restaurant which we didn`t go that day.
Impressive wood work!
So inside the main temple of this nunnery lies the many Buddhistic and Hindu Gods statues displaying in full glory and it`s quite remarkable and stunning. Unfortunately no cameras and photo shoots were allowed inside and I respect that
of course.

8 comments :

  1. I need more zen in my life! :D Ooh I love those mist things! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  2. You were probably wanting to jump in with the sprinklers to cool off!

    I think it is very cool that there are these pockets of green in the midst of the skyscrapers and everything

    nat // dignifiable

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  3. Wow! I love the pictures. The temple looks so peaceful and relaxing. I would love to visit Hong Kong someday. :)

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  4. Wow it is so beautiful! I just love the architecture and landscaping of this gorgeous temple. It looks so peaceful here :)

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  5. This place looks really beautiful, in the middle of all those high rises. Love your dress too!

    Jane / deluminators

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  6. OH MY GOSH! What! Love all the photos Mei and the place looks like it was such fun and relaxing and beautiful. I'm surprised our tour didn't take us there. :O

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  7. Nan Lian is stunning; I can't get enough of those trees and the bright colors! Hong Kong has been on my travel wish list for so long; jealous!

    JennifHsieh

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  8. So serene! I've visited some temples in my holiday and trips but I always end up just taking a quick look around and leaving. I'm really into the super touristy spots where there are loads of crowds, although my mother much prefers somewhere less packed and peaceful.

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