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Hidden Hong Kong – the Nan Lian Garden

18/04/2016 | By

Hong Kong’s Nan Lian Garden- a surprising 3.5 hectares of lush greenery, traditional Tang-style architecture and soul-restoring tranquility in busy Kowloon.

Hong Kong's Nan Lian Garden

Just when I think I may be getting tired of Hong Kong I find yet another hidden gem in this utterly manic city. I have previously shared a couple of the peaceful secrets  the region has to offer. Cheung Chau and Tai O are just a ferry ride away from Kowloon, but the surprisingly tranquil Nan Lian Garden is even  closer – just a ten minute cab ride from Tsim Sha Tsui.

gnarled trees, nan lian garden

peaceful water feature, Nan Lian Garden

pagoda, Nan Lian Garden

This 3.5 hectare garden nestles at the foot of the grey high-rise developments surrounding it and is designed in the style of the Tang dynasty. The gardens are fastidiously landscaped and every pond, waterfall, rock and tree is placed according to strict traditional garden design rules.

nan lian garden Hong kong

nan lian garden rocks

nan lian garden Tang styling

There are several beautifully elegant timber pavillions dotted around the gardens which contain permanent exhibitions of traditional Chinese architecture, rock gardens and potted trees.

Liao replica pagoda, nan lian garden

1:30 Scale replica of a Liao Dynasty pagoda

Nan Lian Garden restaurant

There’s a restaurant hidden behind this waterfall.

There is a vegetarian restaurant hidden behind a waterfall and a traditional tea house in another pavillion.

nan lian garden tea house

The garden is an extraordinary oasis in this mad town. Indeed, after ten minutes here it’s possible to forget you are in one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

waterfall, nan lian garden

Chi Lin Nunnery temple, nan lian garden

Lotus pond, nan lian garden

Adjacent to the garden is the historical Chi Lin Nunnery and temple complex. Another tribute to the Tang dynasty, the main wooden temple building has been constructed without nails and is surrounded by peaceful lotus ponds and a series of temple halls.

nan lian garden golden pagoda

Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Rd, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong. Open 7am-7pm, admission free.

(All of the above images were taken with my iPhone.)

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  1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
    18/04/2016

    We didn’t make it to this garden when we were in Hong Kong. I am absolutely going to make the effort to see it now when next we are there. Thanks!

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    21/04/2016

    I haven’t been to Hong Kong yet, but when I do, these gorgeous gardens are sure going to be on the list. Especially the hidden vegetarian restaurant. Magic.

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    22/04/2016

    When hubby lived there he was amazed and really impressed by the amount of easily accessible green space there was in Hong Kong! Beautiful pics Amanda.

  4. Tania | My Kitchen Stories
    25/04/2016

    Looks gorgeous Amanda. Thanks for the posts on Hong Kong, I will be there in a month and would love some more of your favourite places. Do you have other posts…..or anywhere else you love?

  5. Amanda
    25/04/2016

    There are a couple of links to other spots in this post, Tania.

  6. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy
    26/04/2016

    What a stunning garden. Thanks for sharing it. I love that it has created using very particular and culturally important techniques and design. I imagine it must be a welcome oasis for many in such a busy city.