Nan Lian Garden: A Must Visit Hong Kong Attraction

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Nan Lian Garden quickly whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of busy, noisy Kowloon. A short walk from Hong Kong’s Diamond Hill MTR stop, this tiny space of beauty, harmony and seclusion boasts of the perfectly laid out Chinese garden.

But maybe the best reason to visit is the photography opportunities.

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

Chi Lin Nunnery

Since Chi Lin Nunnery is adjacent to Nan Lian Garden, it is worth spending time walking 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.

Here is a collection of our favorite photos from Nan Lian Garden, beginning at 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

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 the heavily overcast skies, but I still used a B&W circular polarizer. All pictures were taken without a tripod (hand-held).

Visiting details

Hours: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Get there by MTR: Diamond Hill station – Exit C2
Address: 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Phone: +852 2329 8811
 

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There is a peaceful Tang-style oasis of green in the center of Hong Kong: Chi Lin Nunnery at Nan Lian Garden.

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Written by Dan

Professional photographer specializing in street, food and travel shots at As We Saw It travel blog. "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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5 thoughts on “Nan Lian Garden: A Must Visit Hong Kong Attraction”

  1. Hong Kong is indeed Beautiful and one of the best tourist destinations in the world. In fact, this garden is one of the reasons to make Hongkong a tourist attraction. I just loved the pictures. Mind-blowing.

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  2. Simply amazing! Each and every view looks like a beautiful dream, this one place is a good enough reason to visit Hong Kong 🙂

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    • 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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