- Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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If you're looking to rest your feet after a long day of touring, retreat to the Nan Lian Garden. Located in Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden is a nearly 9-acre public park modeled after the style of the Tang Dynasty, which ruled from A.D. 618 to 907. Along the peaceful pathways, you'll find lotus ponds, manicured trees and gurgling springs, not to mention traditional Chinese timber architecture spread throughout. That, combined with Hong Kong's soaring mountain range as the garden's backdrop, makes for a tranquil place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The garden is currently managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery, whose place of worship is also on-site. The Nunnery is open to the public and free to visit, although photography is prohibited. Recent travelers said it's not uncommon to see people praying, so if you plan on visiting (which you should) be quiet and respectful of their space. Along with the relaxed nature of the park, visitors were also delighted by the teahouse and vegetarian restaurant on-site and recommended staying for a quick bite to further soak up the experience.
Nan Lian Garden is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the nunnery welcomes guests from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. If you arrive by MTR, take the C2 exit at the Diamond Hill MTR Station and you'll pop up right near the park. For more information, consult the Nan Lian Garden's website.
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