The ever tranquil Nan Lian Garden is a scenic park opened for public, lying through the Diamond Hill and follows the Tang Dynasty fashion. The garden is situated on a land of 3.5 hectares and different structures including water body, plants, pot plantings, hills and rocks have been installed in a planned way to raise the beauty of the garden, and everything is in order and perfect measure.
History of Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong:
Nan Lian Garden– the little heaven is a joint project of the Hong Kong Government and Chi Lin Nunnery and was opened in November of 2006. The entire garden area is 3.5 hectares and follows the Tang Dynasty mode with real looking artificial architectures and ornaments. The Hong Kong government sponsored most of the infrastructures inside this Chinese styled garden, but the Chi Lin Nunnery is on the charge of the garden.
The dust-free garden amid the city looks beautiful with the extensive plantings of foliage. Different types of rocks have been used in the garden and are fetched from different counties. Water bodies were made to bring a natural atmosphere. The artificial timber structures are also marvelous to look at. Visitors are to follow a one-way route as the garden is styled in traditional Chinese technique to make spaces in the garden.
Beside the Lotus Pond, Xiang Hai Xuan is a multi-purpose house and hall to be used for different purpose such as meetings, exhibitions, musical programmes etc. the tree pavilion provides the chances to stop by and enjoy reflection of the surrounding structures on the pond. One can also find snacks and souvenirs – including porcelain to pottery, from the Tang Gallery – a single storied building inside the garden.
Key Facets of Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong:
- The garden has a total area of 35,000 square meters, that is, 3.5 hectare.
- The garden design is based on the Jiangshouju Garden of the Tang Dynasty in Shanxi Province, China.
- Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池), when translated is “Lotus in the South Garden Pond”. It is called “Lotus in the South” due Hong Kong’s location in the south of China, “Garden” because it is a garden and “Pond” as the focal point of the design are ponds. Please correct me if I am wrong.
- Many of the rocks in the garden originate from the Hongshui River, that is, hundreds of kilometres away in a north-west direction.
- There are more than sixty different species of plants in the garden.
Travel Guide information of Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong:
The Nan Lian Garden is opened for seven days in a week, and if you want to get there, you may use the MTR Kwun Tong Line to Diamond Hill. Then take the Exit C2 and walk for about five minutes to enter at the garden following the signs. There are different bus routes for the garden. Usually routes to Diamond Hill Public Transport Interchange will take you to the Nan Lian Garden. You can also use the footbridge next to the Chi Lin Nunnery for pedestrians – made over the Fung Tak road.
Some Tips when you visit on Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong:
The garden is opened from 7.00am to 9.00pm, and there is entry fee or charges. But during special occasions at the halls, you are to pay the determined charges to enter the programme. Dress properly, do not create nuisance or smoke inside the garden as those may hamper the tranquility. Group photography, eating and drinking are disallowed in the garden.
Culture & Customs of Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong:
Nan Lian Garden is quite different from other establishments and therefore, the features of the garden should be maintained properly. Be careful about the garden artifacts. Do not behave in a way that may disrupt other or turn a cause for disturbance. One must follow the general behavior indication provided by the authority for personal and garden’s safety. Be careful on your attires so that the plants do not get damaged with your dress or gowns. He garden is for entertainment and enjoyment, no commercial uses are allowed. So, keep in mind of this issue.
Transport/ Getting Around in Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong:
Take the MTR and get to the Diamond Hill MTR station (MTR Kwun Tong Line). Get out of the station through Exit C2 and follow the signs. A short walk will take just a couple of minutes.
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Rules. In order to save the tranquility of this place, there are certain measures to allow others to enjoy the scenery of the garden. Visitors shall be properly dressed; smoking is not allowed; animals and pets, unless otherwise authorised and permitted, are prohibited.