A Wander in the Garden and the Nunnery

On my second day in Hong Kong, I decided to go to one of their known gardens called the Nan Lian Garden. The hotel I stayed in was in Tsing Yi so it took me three subway trains before I reach Diamond Hill where the Nan Lian Garden is located.

 

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There’s a hall here that shows scale models of I believe are prominent temples around China. The scale models are so detailed that it seems each pieces used here are as accurate as the ones they’re modeled for.

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A scaled down model of a temple to show wooden brackets called dougongs that support wide eaves of most Chinese temples.

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A scale model of the Sakyamuni Pagoda.

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A scale model of the East Main Hall of the Foguang Monastery.

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a close up to those miniaturized dougongs.

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Stairway to Chi Lin Nunnery

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The Zi Wu bridge and the Golden Pavilion

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Pavilion Bridge

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An interesting watermill cottage

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The view under the shed

 

Blue Pond

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Xiang Hai Xuan

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Golden Pavilion and Zi Wu bridge on a different view.

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After strolling around the garden, I then took the stairs ascending to a Buddhist temple called Chi Lin Nunnery. When I first saw it, It looks majestic. They have these amazing courtyards with man-made ponds. The ponds have lilies and statues drooling water.

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Interesting dragon head water spouts.

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Lilies.

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The Bougainvillea and the Temple.

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A stairway to go further inside but not for tourists.

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lilies again

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You might be expecting a ninja or a Kung-fu master jumping off this rooftop but hey, even the rooftop alone looks magnificent.

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Wow! look how pretty this is. I saw it in a nearby souvenir shop. Pretty unusual to finish a series of “temple pics” with this, isn’t it?

By the way, you are not allowed to take pictures of the interiors of the temple. Sadly, I saw some stubborn tourists who do otherwise. It’s like “C’mon man! Respect their temples and their rules!”

These Chinese temples are so amazing. Hoping to see more in the future 😀

Time to go, ‘Til next time 🙂

 

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