We visited Hongkong on the first week of June. Since my boyfriend and I were both busy, we were not able to make a thorough plan on our trip. Going to Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery were an instant inclusion in our itinerary while I was browsing the internet.
The breathtaking Nan Lian Garden
It was raining since the early morning so Steven and I cancelled our plan to go to Hongkong Disneyland on our first day. A visit to the Nan Lian Garden is more doable since it would just be a sightseeing activity. Visiting Nan Lian Garden was a great head start of our trip. This picturesque attraction was an example of a Tang Dynasty architecture. It may not be as popular as Hongkong Disneyland or Ocean Park but it certainly offer something that will fuel someone’s love for nature.
It started to drizzle when we arrived in Nan Lian Garden and we had only one umbrella. Surprisingly, Steven let himself got wet while snapping photos of me. I don’t want to sound like a selfish person. What a girlfriend has to do if the boyfriend is extremely stubborn?
When it started to rain harder, Steven and I decided to look for a place where we can stay. As we were about to take a selfie, a serious looking security guard walked toward us making hand gestures. He was saying something I couldn’t comprehend. It was difficult for me to understand the way they spoke English. We just refrained taking photos of ourselves.
There were some tourists who ran toward the place where we were staying. Just like what we did, some took selfies. At that time, a smiling gardener walked toward us. He showed to us a sign board of a selfie-stick icon with a big “X” on it. It was such a pity that selfie-sticks were not allowed. Visitors were all under surveillance the entire time.
After few minutes of waiting for the rain to stop, we proceeded inside “The Rockery” to see what it offers. It was quite boring to keep on waiting.
I wish I could read those old Chinese characters. Anyway, I was happy I know some Chinese friends who could help me decode those characters inside “The Rockery.”
The rain finally stopped. It lifted our spirit upon knowing we can roam around the beauty of the Nan Lian garden more comfortably.
The sceneries were superb. The landscape, the trees, the architectures, the rocks and the water elements–all were carefully thought and designed. Picture-perfect! Truly, East meets West in this garden of paradise. Who will ever have thought that amidst the towering skyscrapers and busy stress of Hongkong, there were these hidden gems ?
The Peaceful Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery is just a few steps from the Nan Lian Garden. This is a temple of the Buddhists. Cameras can only be used at the courtyards of the monastery.
This was so much like those what I have been watching in Korean telenovelas. Brave soldiers will line up to listen to a mighty king.
It was such a relaxing day in these two pristine and well-maintained attractions. I certainly guarantee that these places are worth a visit for those who prefer silence over the city’s cacophony. The good news is that both Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery are open to the public. Another fantastic news is that there is no need to pay for an entrance fee to get inside.
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