I just realize that I have been posting too much food here, and it’s been quite Seoul-centric. My day started so hectic and I am in a very bad mood. How I wish I were at a meditative, pretty place to calm myself down, which brings me to a photo-spam post of Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong. It is a gem in the city. You just can’t believe that you are in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world once you step inside the stunning garden (for your record, next to the garden is Plaza Hollywood — as huge as its many counterparts Hong Kong). Across the street from the garden is Chi Lin Nunnery — another gem but I will write about it in my upcoming post about Temples in Hong Kong.
Nan Lian Garden
Cutting through Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments is the tranquil Nan Lian Garden, a public park also built in the style of the Tang dynasty. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods. There are permanent exhibitions of Chinese timber architecture, rocks and potted plants, while the hungry might want to try the vegetarian restaurant or teahouse.
The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection is the eyecatcher. It was such an inspiration for me. I never got tired of taking pictures from different angles. There is something so Hong Kong about the traditional architecture contrasting against Hong Kong’s usual dramatic sky and numerous skyscrapers.
Beautiful from every angle:
Full of green:
The pond with a man-made water fall:
Makes me feel like in CHinese movie xD
Huge gorgeous pond:
Love the contrast:
It even looks better in the rain:
Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill station exit C2. Follow the sign and you can find your way to the garden main gate easily. Nan Lian garden is free of admission and is open from 7am to 9pm.