Nan Lian Gardens

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My first post was on Chi Lin and now its on the gardens that the nunnery faces : Nan Lian Garden.

This gardens is chinese classical garden, with pagoda & wooden bridges, water features like koi pods and small lakes, small curved paths and undulating hills of giant rocks and lots of bonsai trees. It is very similar to a japanese garden, I know right off there are some variances but I can’t exactly tell you where because I’ve never been to an authentic japans garden before.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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This bridge often reminds me of a scene in memoirs of the geisha because the bridges back then had looked very similar in style.

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The view from Chi lin nunnery entrance, if you remember there was a big pathway/space and you could overlook Nan Lian gardens from there.

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A view from below.

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The private collection of bonsais, I have to say they are very beautiful and impressive.

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A beautiful pagoda style bridge so you can sit and ponder about life while watching the Kois swim in the pond like screensaver, very therapeutic!!

I highly reccomend visiting both these places while you are in Hong Kong, it was honestly one of my favourite places here and to think that initially I was grumbling to Raphi that I don’t really wanna go see another temple!

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A little shelter amidst the greenery, can you spot it?

 

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Me caught in a less than flattering moment.

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This was the entrance to the famous Chi Lin Vegetarian restaurant, it was closed by the time we got there but I’ve heard some great reviews of this place, definitely a must try if you are in the area (and into vegan stuff)

Below is the exterior of the restaurant, it overlooks a small pond and has cascading waterfalls over the windows, it must be quite a nice effect looking from the inside while having lunch.

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Again the unavoidable tall buildings, throughout my pictures I try my best to exclude them but sometimes they just stand out from the back.

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Its pigeon-y love. Can you spot the 2 lovers?

If you wonder how to get here, check out my first blog post on Chi Lin Nunnery. Directions are written there :

https://airydreamer.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/chi-lin-nunnery/

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