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Garden in the busy world: Nan Lian Garden

"Nan Lian Garden" is situated at Diamond Hill of Kowloon, taking in the full view of southeast Kowloon. The Garden and the "Chi Lin Nunnery" to its north together back into the sprawling northern mountain range. Hammer Hill Road borders the Garden on the east, Lung Cheung Road on the south, and Hollywood Plaza, a large shopping mall, on its west. The Garden opens to the west. An MTR station is just opposite the Main Gate.

Opening hours: 07:00 - 21:00
Transportation Information:
MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2



Exit C2 of Diamond Hill Station of the MTR. You can see a clear sign. Walking to the entrance in about 5 minutes.



"Black Lintel Gate"- The shape and size of the gate has a specia l cultural significance in Chinese architecture. The gate of the "Nan Lian Garden" is in the form of a Black Lintel Gate. Here, the substantial black lintel is decorated with fine carving, and supported by two high solid pillars both topped with a lotus moti f capital. The lintel is decorated with a cloud and grass motif prevalent in Tang Dynasty architecture.



"Nan Lian Garden"



After entering the Nan Lian Garden, first visit along "Pine Path North".



Next to "Pine Path North" is the "Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery ". Visiting the "Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery ", you can learn about the art of Chinese wooden architecture, on the other hand, you can also appreciate Chinese cultural treasures.





For all the abundance of written works in ancient China, few were studies on architecture, which was not considered an independent branch of knowledge. Because of the ravages of time and history, the oldest surviving timber structures in China is the main hall of the Nan Chan Monastery in Shanxi, which was built in the Tang Dynasty (782 AD), and the main hall of the Foguang Monastery, rebuilt in Tang Dynasty (857 AD).



Scale model:
The Sakyamuni Pagoda in Fogong Monastery also known as the wooden pagoda in Shanxi built in the time of the Kingdom of Liao (10 12th Century AD) and recognized internationally as a representative work of ancient Chinese architecture.



Scale model:
The Taihe Hall in the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, which served as the seat of absolute imperial authority in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14 20th Century AD).

Every piece of art is worthy of our appreciation and study.



After exiting the "Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery ", you can directly transfer to "Pine Path South".



Through the pine bushes, you can already see the " Pavilion of Absolute Perfection."





This octagonal pavilion stands in the middle of the octagonal lotus shaped pond, a symbol of absolute perfection and fulfillment in all aspects of life, and blessings to all visitors. Access to the pavilion is over the twin vermilion Zi and Wu (which amongst other things mean North and South) bridges which also mark the central meridian of the garden.



"Song Cha Xie" (The Pine Teahouse) stands on the north shore of the Blue Pond, fronted by a broad covered veranda on the water’s edge, Gentle breezes waft through the surrounding veranda, bringing the cool ness of the pond and the fragrance of tea to refresh the visitors.





"Lunar Reflection Terrace" Viewed from the Lunar Reflection Terrace, the view of the Song Cha Xie across the pond, the variegated colors and texture of the foliage around, and the multi layers of shades of light and dark green of Indian almond and sago trees on the opposite shores on the foreground, rising up to deep green of pines, noble bottles and figs on the background and up to the tree clusters in the billowing mountains provides endless interest.



Cross the "Lunar Reflection Terrace" to "Pine Path East".



There is a man made waterfall beside "Pine Path East". Behind the waterfall is the restaurant "Chi Lin Vegetarian Cuisine ". A unique vegetarian cuisine experience at the Chi Lin Vegetarian. Following traditional methods, using the freshest ingredients, healthy and delicious vegetarian dishes are prepared under the no MSG, low oil, salt, sugar and cholesterol cooking criteria. Customers can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the garden while dining.



There is also a small waterfall on the side.



"Moon Pond" and "The Mill".



"The Rockery", appreciation for stones in China dates back to the Spring and Autumn period and Warring States, more than two thousand years a go.



Throughout the history, the Chinese have treasured the natural beauty and artistic quality of stone. The concept of unity and harmony of man with nature, and the principle of th e epitome of moral and ethical principles, combine in the embodiment of natural beauty and the philosophy of aestheticism, forming the microcosm concept and the traditional love of stones.



"The essence of heaven and earth merged to form rocks"



"The Lotus Terrace "", This is the connection point with the Chi Lin Nunnery ".



Sundial - Sundial is a device that tells the time of day when there is sunlight by the apparent position of the Sun in the sky. In the narrowest sense of the word, it consists of a flat plate (the dial) and a gnomon, which casts a shadow onto the dial. As the Sun a ppears to move across the sky, the shadow aligns with different hour lines, which are marked on the dial to indicate the time of day.



On " The Lotus Terrace" , look back at " Pavilion of Absolute Perfection."



Board the "Ping Bridge".



"The Shanmen ", also known as the Gate of Three Liberations , is the most important gate of a Chinese Chan Buddhist temple.



After entering " Shanmen " , we reach " Lotus garden" .



The lotus pond is clear, the flowers are noble, clean the dirt, away from the hustle and bustle, and the world is clean.





The sight is clear.



"Hall of Heavenly King" stands on the central axis, facing the "Shanmen", i t is an important hall on the central axis of the Buddhist temple

Forbidden to take pictures when walking inside, and this tour ends here.

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29/12/2020

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