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
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
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.
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.
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.
Inside the Rockery.
The lake with lots of Koi fishes in different sizes.
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.
Chi Lin Nunnery
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.
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.
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.
Chi Lin Nunnery is currently the world’s largest hand-made wooden building.
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.
Dress: Belle Jean Clothing
Shoes: Forever 21
Ring: Call it Spring