Nan Lian Garden

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jaymay2202
Sydney, Australia254 contributions
Jan 2020
I was so surprised at how much my family, - husband and two sons, 20 and 23, enjoyed this amazing treasure in the middle of Hong Kong.

We are staying in Mong Kok, it was an easy trip on the train 6 or 7 stops to Diamond HIll Station on the Green line.
(Tip, if you are staying in HK for a few days its worth getting the Octopus card, put min150 HK$ on the card, and use it for all public transport and a lot of retail too. When you leave HK you cash the card in and get back your balance. very helpful). j
Out of the station, take exit C2 and follow the signs on the footpath, around to the left, outside, walking up the hill slightly and then to the right a little, it's easy to follow the signs, and only takes 5 minutes.
You walk down a long driveway, to the entry of the garden. A large Tang Dynasty style timber gateway stands at the entrance, flanked by gorgeous Buddha Pines, cut and trimmed to gorgeous shape.
The whole garden took us around 2 hours to walk around, but most people would take an hour. I just stopped everywhere to take photos, admire the waterfall, watch the huge koi pond, look at the golden pagoda, the red bridge, the beuatiful plants and trees etc.
Don't miss the 3-4 rooms with exhibitions, a wooden architecture room, a gorgeous room of polished scultpure rocks, the souvenir shop etc, all really interesting.
You can stop for a snack and drink at the snack bar just after the souvenir shop.
I was a little disappointed with this, as the drinks were nothing like as pictured.
OUr iced coffee was not milky enough, and had no sugar. When I asked for sugar I received large crystal sugar which of course will never melt into a cold drink. Oh well
Overall, a magnificent afternoon, husband and sons just loved it too, as a real beauty of a place to take gorgeous photos.
Can heartily recommen d this easy to get to, and interesting place to visit.
Written January 5, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,399 contributions
Feb 2020
The Nan Lian Garden opened to the public in 2006 and has been one of the most beautiful locations to spend time since. It is a 3.5 hectare monastery garden designed in the manner of Tang Dynasty with hills, rock structures, bridges, pavilions and ponds. The Garden is free to visit and open from 7am to 9pm daily. The variousexhibition galleries within Nan Lian are open from 10am to 5pm daily.

What you find here is a traditional Chinese landscaped garden, a quiet place of tranquility and peace, particularly when the weather is cooler outside, allowing long and comfortable visits. Within the grounds, you will find a Blue Pond with large koy fish, traditional bridges, watermill and waterfall over a vegetarian eatery, an architecturally attractive ceremonial tea house, snack shop, several exhibition galleries and a gift shop.

There are numerous manicured shrubs, bonsai like trees, large and smooth water worn rocks spaced out amongst the trees and other greenery. Perhaps most interesting is the delightful Pavilion of Absolute Perfection, which is brightly gilded in gold colour and situated on a small island in one of the ponds, connected by a bright orange foot bridge. This is only for viewing and can't be entered. However, you'll want to take a few pictures of this stunningly beautiful structure.

You can easily spend an hour or two leisurely making your way around the Nan Lian Garden. However, you will want to add more time to walk over the bridge to the associated Chi Lin Nunnery located just across the street. This is an equally beautiful and impressive attraction that is free to visit and had the same opening hours. Collectively, they represent one of my very favourite places to visit and take friends and family who visit Hong Kong.
Written February 20, 2020
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MsMkonnichiwa
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
So much to enjoy. Yes, gorgeous garden with wandering paths and picture-perfect settings at every turn. Calm and serene. What sets it apart from similar parks is the addition of wood and rocks. Wood in a beautiful display of structures like the nunnery made from special joinery; no nails. The wood smell and cooler temp in this delightful gallery was quite special. Rocks of all sorts for the garden in a lovely way, and feature with philosophical quotes in the nunnery. Beautiful.
Written May 16, 2020
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Tubby Panda
Portsmouth, UK416 contributions
Jan 2020
A great garden to wander around in the heart of HK. Old style buildings with skyscrapers as a backdrop.
We left the mtr and it is literally a 2 minute walk to the entrance of the gardens, traffic flows by above on the flyovers but the moment you enter the gardens it all seems to disappear and its peaceful and quiet.
I only had an hour to spare here so just walked around in a circle. There are some great views as I said with the modern background, pond with some of the biggest koi I have ever seen. Even jaws would have swam away.
If you take you time and look properly then you could easily pend a few hours here, there are places to eat and drink but they were shut when we were there.
When you head back to the mtr on your right inside the mall is a Marks and Spencers, Living in China now I couldn't resist buying some clothes. It was actually cheaper than buying unbranded stuff on the mainland.
Written January 26, 2020
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Dianne W
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands389 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Because we were going to Hollywood Plaza we found by accident these beautiful and peaceful garden. Very worth to visit, such a Zen place in busy Hongkong. The Gardens were build between 2003 and 2006, but they fee like an ancient Chinese garden. We loved every minute.
Lots of beautiful trees. We loved our visit.
Written February 1, 2020
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Gee19
San Jose, CA169 contributions
Jan 2020
It takes about an hour to see everything which encode a gift shop and displays. There is a restaurant there and it is connected to very nice temple via a pedestrian bridge. The Garden is right across the street from the Diamond Hill Metro stop.
Written February 5, 2020
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Yujin
Seoul, South Korea42 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
It was hot when we visited via MTR. It is a good place to look around and feel the culture of Hong Kong people although the garden looks a bit artificial.
The garden and nearby park are very pretty. It was worth visiting while traveling to Hong Kong.
Written January 13, 2020
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France405 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Such beautiful gardens in the heart of the city. Beautiful ponds, bonsai, lotus flowers and in the center a spectacular golden pavillion joined to the garden by orange arched bridges. Count on spending a few hours visiting the gardens and the nunnery.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jason F
Winnipeg, Canada110 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Steps from an MTR stop heading north east from the Kowloon side, the gardens here are visually very pretty. Fresh vibrant green and rediculously peaceful given that we are talking about HK. We hardly saw anyone about. A good place to recharge for an hour or so and at no cost...unless you wish to dine or take some tea.

One of my more favourable take-aways from HK.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jerry G
Coppell, TX504 contributions
Jan 2020
If you want to see the best garden, this is it.
Believe all of the outstanding reviews that are on this board.
We visited other gardens in Tokyo, Kagoshima and Vietnam and none compare with this one. The design, layout, bonsai's, pines, trees, ponds, walkways, etc. were unbelievable. Plan on spending 2 hours so you can enjoy the beauty.
Written March 31, 2020
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