Arch Bridge and Pavilion in Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong.
A serene respite from the towering urban sprawl nearby, this traditional Tang Dynasty–style landscaped garden is based on the design of the famous Jiangshouju Garden in Shanxi Province. Winding paths lead visitors past pines, cypress, and fragrant flowering trees. Set on Diamond Hill in Kowloon with the vast northern mountain range as the backdrop, the lovely park has been designed with artificial hillocks, ornamental rocks, waterfalls, and koi ponds to encourage quiet walks and reflection. Think of it as an outdoor museum for the soul and a place representing Chinese cultural ideals. A striking gilded pagoda and a pair of arched red wooden bridges are the focal points of a lotus pond and a favorite photo subject. To linger longer, enjoy a meal at the vegetarian café on-site.
Finding Tranquility in the Heart of Kowloon
Located in the Diamond Hill section of Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden offers a peaceful oasis in the midst of bustling Kowloon. The eight acre public garden boasts beautiful ponds and pavilions as well as collections of banyan, pine and flowering plants. After strolling the garden paths, dine behind a waterfall at the tea house and then head to the adjoining Chi Lin nunnery where old meets new in a gorgeous traditional wooden structure set against a backdrop of modern apartment blocks. To reach the Nan Lian Gardens by MTR, take the green line to the Diamond Hill station.
This is such a beautiful park situated right in the middle of high rises. The garden is free to visit and is attached to Chi Lin Nunnery (also beautiful). I took the MTR to Diamond Hill, just follow the signs.
Nan Lian Garden-- manicured tranquility
Though being in HK during the summer can feel like visiting the inside of a dog’s mouth, we fought the urge to stay inside air conditioned malls and eateries. The garden is just lovely, a breezy place to stroll or relax before of after visiting the Chin Lin Nunnery. We ate a dimsum lunch at Lei Garden in Mong Kok before heading here, otherwise we would’ve relaxed longer at the tea house.