Among the nice parts of Hong Kong to visit are the Nan Lian Gardens and Chi Lin Nunnery northeast of Tsim Sha Tsui. Its lush greens and scenery will really make you feel you’re in Hong Kong, to us at least. The garden and the nunnery are quite far from the Tsim Sha Tsui area, where a lot of the tourists usually are, but I’m guessing there’s a bus you could take to get there. Just don’t quote me on that as we really weren’t able to travel much by bus. You could also opt to ask your tour guide if you could have an arrangement with the tour company to take you there, at least, or if the gardens and nunnery could be a part of your itinerary in the first place.
But then, just like we did, you can just use the ever-reliable MTR. Drop off at the Diamond Hill station. You’ll end up near or within the Plaza Hollywood mall. It’s quite a good mall actually, with lots of shops and even an amusement center. Anyway, from there, you’ll just have to walk a bit under a bridge and you’ll see the Nan Lian Gardens. Don’t forget to grab a free map by the reception area. The receptionist here can also help you in case you need something.
Here, of course, you can see exotic flowers and trees, and there are several places where you can rest and relax. There are small houses, pagodas and a lake at the center. You can just sit by the benches there and enjoy the cool breeze. There’s also a small aviary inside the gardens too. There’s a coffee shop inside the gardens and a souvenir shop.
It’s really good to take pictures here, especially with the hills and buildings in the background. Just a side note, tripods are not allowed within the gardens. One of the caretakers approached us just as we were about to set up ours.
As you move along, you’ll be able to see the white stairs leading up to the temple at the Chi Lin Nunnery. While you’re within the temple premises, you are not allowed to take photos of the statues. There are quite a lot of guards. We didn’t take the chance as they might have asked us to leave the premises had we took some photos. There are several statues inside and you’ll most likely see worshippers about. There are descriptions posted around the temple that explains their rich culture, religion and history.
If you want to take a rest from the modern world and experience Hong Kong a different way, other than shopping at least, the Nan Lian Gardens and Chi Lin Nunnery would be a good choice for a place to go to. You probably will spend around 30 minutes to an hour, but with the scenery and the temple, it’s worth it. We’ll most likely go back there when we visit Hong Kong again.