Nan Lian Garden near the Diamond Hill MTR Station (Gate C2) is a must see attraction of Hong Kong. This beautifully landscaped garden is designed in the Tang Dynasty style and modeled on the Jiangshouju Temple in Shanxi Province of China. The garden has wooden structures, bonsai and other trees, water bodies and rocks, all placed according to traditional Chinese beliefs to create an atmosphere of utmost tranquility. The garden itself, despite being located in the middle of urban high rise buildings, is shielded from pollution and traffic noise through the use of noise barriers and extensive vegetation plated around the garden. Gleaming golden towers, fiery red bridges, beautiful bonsai trees, ponds, flowers, and fish, all leave a lasting impression on the visitors’ minds. How to get to the Garden: To get to the garden, one needs to reach the Diamond Hill MTR Station and exit through gate number C2. There are signs pointing in the direction of the temple. It should be a 5 minute walk at the most. Entry to the garden is free. Opening hours are from 7.00 AM to 9.00 PM. (Read more below and see many pictures)
|Nan Lian Garden Diamond Hill Hong Kong|
|Landscaping inside Nan Lian Garden Diamond Hill Hong Kong|
Song Cha Xie Chinese Tea House and Blue Pond
|Song Cha Xie Tea House and Blue Pond, Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong|
Beautiful Koi fish of many different colors swim peacefully in this pond of crystal clear water. The wooden structure is a Chinese Tea House that serves Dim Sum and aged Chinese tea. Packaged tea and porcelain tea sets are sold here.
|Blue Pond Nan Lian Garden Diamond Hill Hong Kong|
This beautiful landscaping is on one side of the blue pond and leads to a small bridge sort of structure.
Pavilion of Absolute Perfection
|Pavilion of Absolute Perfection, Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong|
This marvelous "Pavilion of Ablosute Perfection" is connected via a fiery red bridge and makes an unforgettable sight. Visitors are not allowed to cross this bridge.
|Chi Lin Nunnery near Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong|
Nan Lian Garden is connected to Chi Lin Nunnery via a bridge. The garden is kind of a joint venture between the nunnery and the Government of Hong Kong. While the government put in the money to construct the garden, the nunnery maintains it for free.
|Lotus Pond and Bonsai Trees, Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong|
A lotus pond at the gate of the nunnery perfectly compliments the several bonsai trees scattered around.
|Fruit Bearing Bonsai Tree, Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong|
A fruit bearing bonsai tree inside the Chi Lin Nunnery is a great sight to behold. I had not seen such a tree before and have not seen one after that day.
Chi Lin Vegetarian Restaurant
|Chi Lin Vegetarian Restaurant, Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong|
The garden houses a vegetarian restaurant called “Chi Lin vegetarian” serving lunch (11.30 – 14.30), afternoon tea (14.30 – 17.30) and dinner (18.00 – 21.00). The food here includes Chinese herbal vegetarian cuisine, seasonal vegetarian set menus, and Dim Sum etc. Diners get to enjoy the view of the waterfall outside while having their vegetarian food. Read more about Chi Lin Vegetarian Here.
Chinese Architectural Gallery
|Chinese Rockery inside Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong|
|Bonsai Trees, Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong|
The Chinese Architectural Gallery inside the garden is also worth a visit and is open from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM. One can see several bonsai trees outside this gallery.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|