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20 Photos of Nan Lian Garden to Inspire You to Visit Hong Kong

Nan Lian Garden is a short walk from the 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 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.

 

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