Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery
The Nan Lian Garden, one of the few places surrounded by skyscrapers where you can find some serenity in the 852. Located in Diamond Hill, the garden is based on a style from the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), and are meant to provide a place of tranquility in the midst of the urban bustle. Let me tell you, it is very easy to get lost in the tranquility of the Nan Lian Garden. Especially since it is like stepping into another world. But don’t take my word for it check out the photos below!
Now the Chi Lin Nunnery is accessible via a bridge from the Nan Lian Garden. The Nunnery was established in 1934 and was built to represent the styles from the Tang Dynasty. When you enter the gate, there is a courtyard that has four lotus ponds and then the main halls house different statues of the Buddha and deities. The Chin Lin Nunnery is comprised of 16 halls, a library, school, pagoda, bell tower and drum tower. You would never even know that it covers 33,000 sq ft.!
No pictures are allowed in the main hall due to people praying. But check out the pictures of the courtyard below!
In the Nan Lian Garden you can go for vegetarian Chinese food in a restaurant by the waterfall called Chi Lin Vegetarian. If you are going on the weekend, make sure you book ahead of time! Some rules for the Garden and Nunnery forbid smoking, eating or bringing pets.
How to get to the Gardens/Nunnery:
Exit C2 of the Diamond Hill MTR, 5-min walk following the signs.
I hope you have an amazing time at the Garden & Nunnery!