Chi Lin Nunnery – Hong Kong
When thinking about Hong Kong the first words that come to our minds are usually shopping, skyscrapers and crowds. The last words you would probably think of are calm, peace and serenity. Yet these are the best words to describe Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian garden, situated right in the middle of Hong Kong. It is an oasis of calm in this crowded and hectic city. A walk in one of the beautiful courtyards of the temple, listening to the buddhist chant, must be one of the most peaceful and calming experiences.
Build in Tang dynasty style, no nails were used in the construction of any of the buildings. Nan Lian is an incredibly beautiful traditional Chinese park, complete with Bonsais, stunning rock formations, waterfalls and lotus ponds. Strangely enough it is not overrun by tourists. In case you get hungry there is also a small restaurant that serves a delicious vegetarian lunch (I ate way too much!).
Surrounded by highrise appartment buildings this place feels like stepping into a different world.