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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