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Nan Lian Garden: These 20 Photos Will Inspire You to Visit Hong Kong

Nan Lian Garden is a short walk from Hong Kong's Diamond Hill MTR stop and gets you away from the hustle and bustle of busy, noisy Kowloon. This tiny space of beauty, harmony and seclusion boasts of the perfectly laid out Chinese garden but hides what I see as the best reason to visit: photography.

Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery

Tranquil Nan Lian Garden is a public park built in the Tang dynasty style. It features a lavishly landscaped area of over 3 hectares with water features, pagodas and bridges. When combined with the normal garden decor, this offers a welcoming opportunity that's unusual for photography.

View from bridge connecting Nan Lian Garden with Chi Lin Nunnery
View from bridge connecting Nan Lian Garden with Chi Lin Nunnery

Here is a collection of our favorite photos from Nan Lian Garden starting from the bridge at Chi Lin Nunnery.

We walked across the bridge, down the steps and worked left to right. The area was closed off to visitors, but Blue Pond and Pavilion Bridge are better photographed at a distance.

The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection (
The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection (“Golden Pavilion”) and Zi Wu Bridge
The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection (
Reflecting in Lotus Pond
The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection (
Golden Pavilion and Zi Wu Bridge hidden.
Path leading to Blue Pond and Pavilion Bridge
Path leading to Blue Pond and Pavilion Bridge

Nan Lian Garden Entry Area

Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian Garden

Nan L:ian Garden

Nan Lian Garden entry area
Nan Lian Garden entry area
Incredible display of Bonsai trees
Incredible display of Bonsai trees
Looking back at Chi Lin Nunnery
Looking back at Chi Lin Nunnery
Moving towards Blue Pond
Moving towards Blue Pond
Decorative features of Pavilion Bridge
Decorative features of Pavilion Bridge
Pavilion Bridge and Blue Pond
Pavilion Bridge and Blue Pond
Silver Strand waterfall masks the Buddhist vegetarian restaurant.
The Mill at Nan Lian Garden
The Mill at Nan Lian Garden
Viewing Chi Lin Nunnery through the garden
Viewing Chi Lin Nunnery through the garden
Nan Lian Garden
Nan Lian Garden

Chi Lin Nunnery

Since Chi Lin Nunnery is adjacent to Nan Lian Garden it is worth spending time looking through this site as well. Like Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery is serene, peaceful and stunning loaded with bonsai, bougainvillea and of course a large pond.

The Chi-Lin Nunnery is one of the “must visit” Buddhist attractions of Hong Kong. Originally built in the 1930's, also in the Tang dynasty style, it was rebuilt in 1998. An interesting fact is this is built with no nails and all wood.

Photography details

Nan Lian Garden was photographed using a Sony α7r II camera body and a 24-70 mm f/2.8 G-Master lens. Lighting was low level because of to heavy overcast, but I still used a B&W circular polarizer. All pictures were taken without a tripod (hand-held).

Inspired?

Learn more about this Buddhist site on these websites:

See more photos of this oasis of peace in our Nan Lian Garden photo gallery.

Dan

Written by Dan

Professional photographer specializing in street, food and travel shots at As We Saw It travel blog. Enjoys catching children at play, showing their innocence in every situation … we all can learn that, to be content with what our Father in heaven has provided. Photography is unique in that it captures light in all forms, and since the Bible says YHVH (God) is light, photography captures Him in many forms.

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3 thoughts on “Nan Lian Garden: These 20 Photos Will Inspire You to Visit Hong Kong

    1. Hello Nausheen,

      Yes Hong Kong was fantastic and the garden extremely special. Best thing was we finally got great weather for photography. Hope you do go to Hong Kong and share your experience too.

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