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“It is heaven”
Review of Chi Lin Nunnery

Chi Lin Nunnery
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Half-Day Kowloon and the New Territories Tour
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Kowloon in Hong Kong
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Small-Group Tour: Kowloon Temples and Markets Discovering
Ranked #9 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

This should be the #1 sightseeing spot for Hong Kong.

You never realize in this overcrowded, overrated city, you can still find a heavenly place like this.

There are two parts to the visit, the Chi Lin Nunnery and the Nan Lian Gardens.

The Nunnery is a tranquil place well deserve your respect. But I will visit the Nan Lian Garden first. It is closer to the MTR station. The rocks, the trees, the golder pagoda, the pond, everything in such a harmony. Please ignore the 4 overhead highways right at the entrance. Don't let that bother you.

At the end of the visit, you will see a set of stairs that will take you to the Nunnery. (Be aware, some times the stairs are closed, then you will have to exit the garden, turn right, and circle around the outside wall and take the stairs outside.

A bridge will guide you to the main entrance of the nunnery. There are good description of the main gate, different Buddha statues that will entice your interest. But if you are not the religious or educational type, the big flowering bonsais, the lily ponds will.

Look at the whole structure, from the main gate, pass the lily ponds to the main building, it resembles the palaces in Seoul, Korea.

Enjoy it, take a lot of pictures or just sit down and reflect the purpose of your life. You will be happy that you come.

If you like, have lunch at the veg place in the Garden. It's tailor towards the sweet and sour type of tourists and at extreme price. There are better veg restaurants out there. I try the one right next to Wong Tai Sin Temple, which is only one MTR stop away (take it from the Hollywood Plaza). I got better satisfaction there.

Yes, MTR is probably a good choice to take you there. Bus route # 11 will get you there too.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Its a very serene place in the middle of the hustle and bustle of HongKong. Picturesque landscape, lots of Bonsai Trees. Free admission. Take the MTR get off at Diamond Hill station

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We thought it would be just a short hour to tour the place but we ended up spending half a day to walk around the whole place and appreciate the wonderful architecture of the main hall and the nearly smaller temples. The courtyard in the Nunnery had beautiful plants and flowers. Don't miss the Garden across from the Temple, that day we were able to view 3 different exhibtions, all for free. The Nunnery is close to the Diamond Hill Subway Station within a short walk. It's worth your time for sure.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

A great change from all the shopping in HK; thoroughly enjoyed the Buddhist halls (note they close @ 4.30pm, earlier than the rest of the garden). Not sure if it was the time or day I went (Christmas day @ 4pm) but it wasn't too packed which is a luxury in HK!! Very peaceful, beautiful setting and it's free. Catch the MTR to Diamond Hill, a few minutes walk from the station.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Visit along with the Nan Lian Garden which is connected to the Nunnery. Too bad you can't take photographs of the spiritual statues. Bonsai trees and ponds of lotuses are beautiful.

Thank SL C
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