Serenity at Nan Lian Garden

With a landscape of modern high-rise Hong Kong and the Tang Dynasty-style hills, waterfalls and wooden structures, it is a mix of the ‘old’ and the new. This garden opened in 2006 which is a joint project of Chi Lin Nunnery and the Hong Kong government. That being said, there’s not much history in this garden. However, this in my opinion is one of the best escape from the bustling city of Hong Kong as it’s perhaps one of the least popular tourist destination in the area. Regardless, I would suggest that if you have a spare time and looking for a place to visit, this is certainly should be on your list. The garden is free for entry and it has some temple-scales, rocks and pottery exhibition inside. It’s also for free except the seasonal exhibition which requires you to pay around 7-10 HKD.

I don’t know if it is the golden pavillion or the exquisite garden landscape but this reminds me so much of the Kinkaku-ji which might be the reason why I decided to go here.

This serene place is only a 10 minutes walk from the Diamond Hill Station exit C1. You can get a peaceful walk around, enjoy a vegetarian snack or lunch inside the vegetarian garden behind the waterfalls or just simply relax and breathe the nice air from the garden trees along with the old people who usually hangs out there.

 

Victoria Harbour

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This was probably the most popular sight in Hong Kong and I would say what identifies it besides the Bruce Lee statue at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade which is as of this writing is undergoing a renovation. I know there’s been an issue running about this to be nominated as the UNESCO World Heritage in Hong Kong and not the Chi Lin Nunnery which they thought about as not UNESCO worthy given it doesn’t really embodies the country in its identity. I can’t comment much about the said issue but to just admire this man-made (I would say) view in which is truly something you cannot miss. Although the Symphony of Lights isn’t really something to be in awe about, the ambiance at the Kowloon Public Pier, the ferries going back and forth Hong Kong Island, street performers at night and the historic clock tower watching Victoria Harbour makes it so popular. The area itself is flocked by tourists day and night. I think I saw more tourists than locals riding the Star Ferry going to the other side of the harbour. It seems rather amazing that TST itself is alived and fueled by the tourists with all its bright lights and luxury consumerism all over the place.