A sliced of peace in bustling city
Hong Kong is a bustling city where busy traffic and fast walking people everywhere. Being a local hongkongnesa, mostly, I feel difficult to find a piece of tranquil. For his first visit, I did some research on “the most quiet place in Hong Kong” and surprisingly I found one zen garden.
Nan Lian Garden is a park built in the style of Tang-Dynasty. Located in Kowloon side,
Diamond Hill, yet surroundings with Lion Rock Hill, Chi Lin Nunnery and Fu Shan Estate. It is easy accessible for a day trip in Hong Kong. Its botanical garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares. Every rock, water features, plants and timber structure have been placed in specific rule and method. It reflects the combination of traditional Chinese garden elements, with perfect coordination of rocks, water features, plants and architecture.
Once you walk through the entrance, you start to feel quiet and a little bliss of peace. Zen garden stimulates meditation, reduces stress and rejuvenates your mind and zen sprit.
Along the pathway, firstly, you can find varieties of bonsai here. Each bonsai tree is demonstrated perfectly as it is. The aesthetic beauty of its wild lines have manifested seems like an artistic and natural exhibition.
In the center of Nan Lian Garden, the most iconic, Gold Pavilion sits in a tranquil lotus pond, accompanied with bridge and flowing water. Color of gold, red, green, brown are set off together, seems like a paintings of peace. It is beautiful and graceful.
Ancient Chinese architectural has its own unique style, appears almost in each palace, tower, temple and garden. All architectural elements are carefully arranged and aimed to create a balance, as much as, with nature and the environment. Under the influence of Buddist, Taoist and Confucius, therefore, it focus on simplicity, peace and be one with the nature.
In Nan Lian Garden, most noteworthy, you can discover Chinese culture and building style from each rock, sand, water features and waterfalls. If you feel a little bit tired after walk, lastly before leaving, enjoy a peaceful time in the Tea House and the Temple.
I hope, that day, you enjoyed together we see the beauty and the meaning of Zen Garden. Enjoyed a slice of peace.
A little one information behind the post :
Transportation : Take the MTR Kwun Tong Line (Green Line) to Diamond Hill Station
Follow the signs from MTR station. It is less about 5 minutes walk to the garden.
Opening Hours: Daily 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Cost: Free Entry
Nan Lian Garden
60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong