We arrived in Hong Kong at 10 o’clock in the morning of April 18th and the hotel check in time is at 2 PM, so what we did while waiting for our check in time is to stroll around Tsim Sha Tsiu and go to Victoria Harbour. Come 2 PM, we checked in, freshen up and changed clothes before we went to our second and third destination; the Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery.

 

Nan Lian Garden

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What I loved about Hong Kong and Singapore is that they have public parks and gardens that are properly maintained and will not ask tourists to pay for entrance fees. I guess this is what Philippines should have since everything is becoming urbanized and recreational places are now limited. The reason why I am saying this is because travelling made me see that there is more to life than the traffic we experience here in the Philippines everyday, the stress because of work and the pressure we feel as if life is the biggest race of human kind. People failed to realize that we also need to relax, sit back and enjoy life. Travelling also opened my eyes to see what is ideal and unintentionally made me compare what they have that we don’t. Purely thoughts I have before I take a detour to the right topic. I know I tend to go off topic.. I know. *wink

 

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Nan Lian Garden is so beautiful you will not run out of spot for your photo-shoot. And since everything is so picturesque, I took this opportunity to take a snap in every corner.

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Based on my research this park was built in the style of Tang Dynasty, an imperial dynasty of China. It is 3.5 hectares based on land area and is meticulously landscaped.

 

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Nan Lian Garden also have a shop selling souvenirs and restaurant that serves lunch and tea. I guess no race consumes too much tea than Chinese people.

 

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Inside the Rockery.

 

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The lake with lots of Koi fishes in different sizes.

 

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Amidst being in the middle of the city, I am glad there is still total serenity when you are inside. This is my view with tall buildings around.

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Chi Lin Nunnery

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Just across Nan Lian Garden is the Chi Lin Nunnery. I am happy that I don’t have to ride a train just to go to another tourist spot because Hong Kong transportation is really expensive. I guess what I liked about Singapore is that they have a tourist pass MRT card wherein tourist only have to pay one time until its validity and can use MRT service anytime.

 

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Anyways, another tourist spot built following Tang Dynasty style is the Chi Lin Nunnery. I didn’t do research of how Chi Lin Nunnery looks like and without exaggeration my eyes widen with so much delight as soon as I entered. I’ve never felt so connected with a place until I saw this. It is like watching a traditional Chinese movie with Chinese soldiers lining up and the emperor; long haired fierce and intimidating is in the view. Without a doubt my Chinese Temple fantasies come to life. It felt so real I have to pinch myself and do reality check. I lingered for a while just to appreciate the view and take it all in because I want to remember it even in my sleep. For the first time, I said to myself that if I am going to visit Hong Kong again, I will surely come back to Chi Lin Nunnery.

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What surprised me even more was when I found out that this Buddhist temple was constructed entirely with cypress wood and without the use of any nails. I mean really? Is it possible to build a temple without nails? Well, this question was answered and it is a yes. This type of construction is a traditional Chinese technique that uses interlocking cuts in the wood to hold them in place.

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Chi Lin Nunnery is currently the world’s largest hand-made wooden building.

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If you want visit this 2 incredible tourist spot, take the MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.

 

I hope you enjoyed this visual tour. Next time I will be blogging about my day in Hong Kong Disneyland.

 

Outfit Details:

Dress: Belle Jean Clothing
Bag: Parisian
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings: Parfois
Ring: Call it Spring

 

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Our Hong Kong trip is a bitter-sweet trip. Bitter in the sense that we were not able to catch our flight going back to Cebu, hence the additional 26k expense for the one day extension plus all the stress in booking flight, hotel accommodation and getting additional pocket money as we already spent all our pocket money for the first 5 days. Sweet because we were able to enjoy the trip so much it covers up all the frustration I felt due to the unplanned one day extension.

 

I will not be stressing you about my sentiments, but I will show you how beautiful this trip has become.

 

Upon our arrival, we were supposed to visit the Avenue of the Stars but it was closed at the time of our visit because it is under renovation, so we decided to go straight to Victoria Harbour instead.

 

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The Victoria Harbour visit turned out to be an outfit photo-shoot due to scenic views that I want to be captured as my background. It is also a great place to chill after tiring flight; to marvel the beauty of the lake and skyscraper buildings, feel the breeze on your face and enjoy the outdoor weather because boy, it was 21 degree Celsius in Hong Kong on our first day, while it was 32 degree Celsius in the Philippines before we left.

 

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We lingered for a while just to relax before we head back to our hotel to check in.

 

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Hope you enjoyed my blog. I’ll be blogging in order from the first day up to the last day, so my next post will be my visit to Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery.

 

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Outfit Details:

Top: Retro Doll
Vest: Collezione Donna
Pants: Berska
Bag: Sfera
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Swarovski

 

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Fashion
Bag: Evernew
Shoes: So Fab
Hat: SM Accessories

 

This is my last post on queue. By now, probably I have just arrived in the Philippines from my Hong-Kong and Macau escapade. I intentionally placed this blog on queue because I am sure I will not be able to blog on arrival as I will still be on travel high.

 

So for this post, I am wearing my favorite ensemble: floral dress and floppy hat. I got really obsessed with this floppy hat because it’s too posh. Any dress that I wear this with looks really elegant. Red is also a color of class, so I have all the right to say that I am looking extra sophisticated today.

 

Stay tuned because my next and succeeding blog posts will be about my Hong Kong and Macau travel.

 

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