Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery

After having some dim sum with Alex’s grandma one day, we took a quick trip through Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池) located in the Diamond Hill district. The garden and surrounding Buddhist temple complex (includes an active nunnery that was founded in 1934) was a project headed by the Hong Kong government and opened to the public in 2006. It’s currently run as a public park/museum/religious center.
Buddhistgarden3This is actually one of the larger Chinese style gardens in the city and includes a gift shop, restaurant, and exhibition hall. While we were there, they had a small exhibit featuring miniature replicas of famous wooden buildings that were built during the Tang dynasty. This one is of the main hall of Nam Chan Monastery built in 782 AD in Shaanxi province. We totally didn’t take this snapshot while the guards weren’t looking. Shhhh.Buddhistgarden7To the side of the garden is a Buddhist temple with halls filled with sculptures and shrines where people can come to pray. We ran out of camera battery at this point, so don’t have any photos of this section.Buddhistgarden4This fun fountain is shaped like a lotus and each side features a different kind of sundial. However, it too overcast when we passed by it, so we couldn’t actually try using it.Buddhistgarden6The garden’s design was based on blueprints of Jiangshouju, a Tang dynasty garden built around 596 AD. This particular garden had a strong water focus with small hills, plants, and rocks arranged to instill a sense of peacefulness and “leisure in the mind.” The garden grounds are currently managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery. Buddhistgarden2

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