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.
hours: 07:00 - 21:00
MTR Diamond Hill Station
|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.
|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).
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.
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
Every piece of art is worthy of our
appreciation and study.
|After exiting the "Chinese Timber
Architecture Gallery ", you can directly transfer to "Pine
|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
|"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."
"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.
"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.
information come from the Internet.