Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

Most everything is still closed around Hong Kong, so we headed over to Diamond Hill to check out a nunnery I had heard about. It ends up being a more of a botanical garden and we loved it.

It is located in Diamond Hill in north Kowloon, amidst high-rise apartment blocks and a mountain backdrop. The nunnery provides a tranquil retreat from its urban surroundings. It was founded in 1934 but was rebuilt in the late 1990s in the style of the Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture. It didn't feel like Hong Kong at all and we left there feeling very Zen-like. The nunnery is home to about 60 nuns. We only saw 1. Where were they hiding?

Surrounding the nunnery is Nan Lian Garden. It is also built in the ancient style of the Tang dynasty. The scenic garden is meticulously landscaped in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure is placed according to specific rules and methods. We hit up the gardens first and then circled back to the nunnery.

Gorgeous flowers through out the gardens

Loved this rock. I wish I knew its history

We had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant, hidden beneath a waterfall

More flowers outside the restaurant that we couldn't resist photographing

Koi ponds ran throughout the gardens

Exhibit we attended (no photos were allowed)

Inside the rock garden

This Buddhist nunnery is absolutely stunning. There were more temples and shrines inside that we couldn't photograph, but honestly the pictures wouldn't do them justice

Beautiful blooming trees. I am guessing the net was put up to keep the birds away

Getting there: Take the MTR to Diamond Hill (Kowloon) and take exit C2. Follow the marked signs to the nunnery. About a 5 minute walk from the MTR station.

Chi Lin Nunnery
60 Fung Tak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Open daily from 9am-4:30pm

Nan Lian Garden
Open daily from 7am-9pm


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