Nan Lian Garden

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Location

Hong Kong, China

Address

60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Getting there

Access: How to get there MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for around five minutes

Telephone

+852 3658 9366

More information

http://www.nanliangarden.org/, https://facebook.com/pages/Nan-Lian-Garden-Diamond-Hill/, https://foursquare.com/v/nan-lian-garden/

Prices

Free admission (there may be a charge for some special events and exhibitions in Xiang Hai Xuan exhibition hall)

Opening hours

GARDEN - 7am to 9pm daily

CHINESE ARCHITECTURE GALLERY AND ROCKERY - 10am to 6pm daily
XIANG HAI XUAN - 10am to 5pm daily

CHI LIN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
Monday to Friday - Lunch 12 noon 2-30pm, Dinner 6pm to 9pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays - Lunch 11-30am to 3pm, Afternoon Tea 3pm to 5-30pm, Dinner 6pm to 9pm.

SONG CHA XIE TEAHOUSE - 12noon to 7pm daily

SOUVENIR SHOP - 10am to 6-30pm daily

SNACK SHOP - 9-30am to 5-30pm daily

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Cutting through Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments is the tranquil Nan Lian Garden, a public park also built in the style of the Tang dynasty. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods. There are permenant exhibitions of Chinese timber architecture, rocks and potted plants, while the hungry might want to try the vegetarian restaurant or teahouse.

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.

The Garden is a designated public park, with an area of 35,000 square metres. It was designed and built by the Chi Lin Nunnery, entrusted by the Government, and is opened to the public in November 2006. It is currently managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery, also entrusted by the Government.

The Garden is built in the classical style of the Tang Dynasty (618 AD to 907 AD), on the blue print of Jiangshouju, the only Tang landscape garden the original layout of which can still be placed and traced today, and the shape of which bears a significant resemblance to the Garden site. Hills and rocks, waters, plants and timber structures are built and arranged according to classical Tang style and rules, accommodating the local environment, and the best view of the sprawling mountain range to the north is taken as the seamless backdrop.

The Garden is a Tang garden built in modern times, its architecture and landscaping reminiscent of nature and conducive towards a sense of serenity and tranquility, an ambience in which visitors may enjoy a moment of leisure and peace of mind, whilst reflecting on the profound richness of classical Chinese culture, right in the midst of the urban city hustle and bustle. It is hoped this will help promote the knowledge of and interest in classical Chinese culture.

Pine Path view of Spring Hill

In the Lotus Pond is the stunning gold Perfection Pavilion connected by two red painted timber Zi Wu Bridges (not accessible to visitors). To the left of the pond is Spring Hill, one of the garden’s hillocks with trees and waterfall and surrounded by rocks.

The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection ("Golden Pavilion") and Zi Wu Bridge 

Just past the Lotus Pond on the south side of the garden is Xiang Hai Xuan (meaning a house embracing a sea of fragrance) flanked on one side by Fragrance Hill with its sweet-scented trees including osmanthus, lily and orange-jasmine. Xuan is fronted by a central courtyard in Tang Style with Ying Shan roofs made of grey tiles and surrounded by a quadrangle with green lawn, ancient trees and rocks. The inner room contains a multi-purpose hall which is hired out for art exhibitions, musical performances and seminars etc.

Xiang Hai Xuan 

A short distance beyond Xiang Hai Xuan is the Blue Pond stocked with Koi and with rocks and water features. The Lunar Reflection Terrace and Pagoda Tree Pavilion on the pond’s edge allow visitors to the opportunity to relax and enjoy the pond and reflections of buildings on the opposite side.

Blue Pond and Pavilion Bridge 

From the pond visitors can cross the Pavilion Bridge to another water feature The Mill and Silver Strand waterfall.

Silver Strand 

Adjacent to Silver Strand in the northeastern corner of the garden lies Long Men Mou, a three-storey building with plants its balconies and roof and housing the Chi Lin Vegetarian Restaurant. The main path continues between Song Cha Chi on the left and Tang Gallery on the right. Song Cha Xie, built on the northern side of Blue Pond is a Tang-style timber quadrangle with Chinese teahouse. The central courtyard is occasionally used for staging mini-concerts and dramas. The Tang Gallery is a single-storey building with with snack shop and souvenir shop. Beyond the Tang Gallery is the Rockery with indoor displays of rocks from the Hongshui River.

Rockery

Visitors then pass the Light of Enlightenment statue and fountain and the Nan Lian Rocks located at the foot of the bridge linking the garden with Chi Lin Nunnery on the opposite side of Fung Tak Road.

View of the garden from Nan Lian Rocks by the bridge linking the garden with Chi Lin Nunnery

Souvenir shop

Located in the Tang Gallery the souvenir shop offers a range of special souvenirs including pottery and porcelain, rocks from the Hongshui River, Chinese traditional handicrafts, stationery and healthy vegetarian foods including 60-year old preserved citrus peels and preserved mature ginger from Guangdong. 

The snack shop

Located in the Tang Gallery in the north of the garden the shop serves vegetarian sandwiches and beverages including hot and cold drinks and fresh fruit juice. Set menus are available on holidays. 

Song Cha Xie (Chinese teahouse)

Located on in the north of the garden on the side of Blue Pool, Song Cha Xie serves high quality Wuyi Chan Ya and Aged Pu’er Teas. Wuyi Chan Ya is produced with tea leaves of a species that grow naturally in the cracks of stones stones on Mount Wuyi, a World Nature and Cultural Heritage site. The leaves are free of pesticides and fertilisers and are processed in accordance with ancient tradition under the supervision of Chi Lin Nunnery. The traditional method of making Wuyi Yan Cha has almost disappeared in modern times and the nunnery has invited two experienced tea masters, familiar with the traditional technique, to take charge of tea processing which involves the leaves being stored for several years before they become mature enough for brewing. Types of teas served include Da Hong Pao, Tie Luo Han, Bai Ji Guan, Shui Jin Gui etc. Each table is equipped with a complete set of utensils for tea-making including water taps and vent, electric hot plate and pot for boiling water, as well as hand-made pure white porcelain tea set. Slippers are provided for visitors to wear inside the teahouse and visitors can either brew their own pot of tea or call on waiters to brew tea or demonstrate the art of tea making. 

The teahouse also serves dim sum and sells gift packages of teas and white porcelain tea sets imported from Jiangxi. 

Garden rules

The garden is a serene and peaceful place and visitors are requested to abide by certain measures to allow others to enjoy the tranquil nature of the gardens. Amongst these measures visitors are requested not to dress improperly, as this will not will be in harmony with the garden scenery, use of tripods for photography is not allowed, visitors are requested to refrain from group photography as this may cause nuisance to others trying to enjoy the scenery and may block narrow paths, eating and drinking (except water) is not allowed in the garden except in designated areas of the food outlets in the garden and visitors are requested not to walk on the grass. 

The Contemporary Vegetarian Food Culture: Chi Lin Vegetarian

In the course of the past 5,000 years, Chinese culinary art developed itself into several distinguished regional styles, better known today as the “eight major styles”. Maturing alongside the matrix of these culinary varieties is the unique vegetarian cuisine.

The origin of vegetarian eating can be traced back to as early as the 6th Century through endorsement by such authoritative historical figures as the Emperor Wu of the Liang Dynasty.

Ever since, the art in using selected vegetarian ingredients and preparing them with dedicated methods is perfected to such levels that it has become an art form in its own right.

Chi Lin Nunnery which operates Chi Lin Vegetarian the vegetarian restaurant in the Long Men Lou of Nan Lian Garden has a long history in its association with vegetarian food culture. As a charitable organization, it started with providing wholesome vegetarian meals to the needed in post war Hong Kong more than fifty years ago. With the progressing of society in the last few decades, the Chi Lin kitchen has developed a unique school of contemporary vegetarian food culture which churns out healthy and tasty food for the discerning diner. It does so by combining quality natural ingredients with innovative preparation methods – creating simplicity out of sophistication. And by complementing nutrition and flavour with serving elegance, the eye, the body and the palate are satisfied at the same time.

The Chi Lin kitchen team spares no effort in sourcing timely seasonal freshes and turn out classic dishes as well as innovations out of rare fungus and precious mushrooms, vegetables in variety, seasonal fruits, tofus – all prepared in the highest standards with matching fine herbs and sauces, under the strict supervision of the Chi Lin master chefs.

Long Men Lou is located at the western end of Nan Lian Garden with the landmark Silver Strand waterfall, whose water curtain graces the entire glass window of the restaurant’s main dining hall, providing its patrons with a continuous free show of water art. The resulting neat and elegant, clean and cosy ambience of the restaurant rises together with its high ceiling in perfect harmony to the concept of fine contemporary vegetarian eating the Chi Lin kitchen has long been dedicated in promoting.  

At Chi Lin Vegetarian in Long Men Lou, a la carte dishes as well as set meals are served for dinner and lunch, at which delicious dim sums are also available. Tea sets can be leisurely consumed in the afternoons.

Nan Lian Garden, the ‘open museum’, is designed and built as an elegant, formal and restful place for quiet contemplation. It expresses and represents a valuable aspect of Chinese culture. The fine vegetarian eating at the Garden’s Chi Lin Vegetarian reflects another spectrum of Chinese culture in the exploration of the senses – an experience not to miss. While a stroll in the Garden may help to cleanse one’s spirit, a meal enjoyed in Chi Lin Vegetarian could cleanse and nourish the body in complement.

The fine food and the friendly staff of Chi Lin Vegetarian are there to welcome you in its operating hours, all days. To ensure a table during peak moments, you may book in advance by calling 3658 9388.

How to get there

  • MTR Kwun Tong Line to Diamond Hill. Entrance to garden is about 5 minutes walk from exit C2 (Plaza Hollywood) at 60 Fung Tak Road (under flyover). There are tourist direction signs from the station exit. 
  • Bus routes 11,74X,75X,82X,82P,84M,85C,85M,91,91M,92,286M to Diamond Hill Public Transport Interchange (under Diamond Hill MTR Station). Bus routes 3B,10,11C,74X,91,92 stop near garden entrance on Fung Tak Road. 
  • The garden can also be accessed directly from adjacent Chi Lin Nunnery by pedestrian footbridge over Fung Tak Road. 

Reviews by visitors

I am not a regiligous person, but I love nature, making this a remarkable. Really beautiful and peaceful, I would recomend you DON'T go there as I don't like busy places ;-) This is a must go in HK, no question.

~marco

This garden is very close to DIamond Hill MTR. The gardens are very well kept with small bridges, temples and water features. You could easily spend a couple of hours walking around taking photos. There are small places to get a bite to eat inside if you're hungry. The nunnery is right next door as well. Take an umbrella as in the summer when I went it was quite hot.

~travers

Right beside diamond hill mtr. Free in. Connects to the nunnery via bridge. Exhibitions on show at the moment are wood architecture of China, rockery, and Venetian glass (this one was $20HKD). There's a restaraunt, a cafe, and nice not tacky souvenir shop. Great place for photos of nature v city.

~caomi

This garden is really lovely, with a miniature Pagoda exhibition and really beautiful plants, bridges and temples. Furthermore next door there is the nunnery which is equally incredible - I'd recommend this to anyone who's got even just a few hours in Hong Kong since it combines the traditions and natural beauty of the place with the modernity of the surrounding buildings.

~evie

Visited the gardens and associated Chi Lin Nunnery and was astounded by the beauty and peacefulness of the gardens. The gardens are easily accessed from the MTR, you may have to change lines depending on where you are staying but that should not put you off making this trip. Highly recommended.

~matt

This is a great wee garden to wander around and get some snaps. You can get some excellent photgraphs with the gardens and tower blocks in the background. The garden is a pretty new build and diligently patrolled by security and the " do not do this" sign is rather amusing.i expected nothing less from Hong Kong really.

If you have an interest in gardening and plants you will really like it there are some great bonsai trees too. We didnt go to the restaurant just wandered about. Some poo poo the garden and have a moan, but it is what it is really a rather pretyy garden now or not with excellent botanical stuff, plenty of shade some nice bird life and a good place to take stunning photographs. 

The cafe there is nice for a sit down and they do a vegan ice cream too. . If you moan because it's new and "sterile" you are probably that person who stood by the newly constructed pyramids and said "not as good as the old ones"..

~james

Went with my family on a weekend and it wasn't overly crowded, a nicely kept garden making for some gorgeous photos. Just across the road from the Chi Lin Nunnery (you can access it via a bridge from within the garden).

Thought the vegetarian restaurant was a little overpriced so found some cheaper local food in the nearby Rhythm Garden area (it's a small residential complex with supermarket and a few places to eat- need to speak canto though)

~nick

I adore Japanese gardens so when I heard about this Chinese garden I just had to visit. And I'm so glad I did! It was wonderful to see the similarities and differences between this and the classic Japanese gardens. Even in the boiling hot summer weather I tried to take my time to enjoy it. It also has a lovely gift shop so don't miss that (also because it's air conditioned!)

~tom

Next door to the nunnery are the stunning Nan Lian Gardens. The care that is taken to look after the gardens pis a joy, a truly beautiful place. What I love about this is amongst the crazy hustle and bustle of Hong Kong is the tranquility, it's so peaceful and relaxing, I could walk around here for hours. Our young kids really enjoyed it here to, that are now in love with Bonsai trees

~mark

This is a beautiful and extensive garden. The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection is a good description of the vibrantly yellow octagonal pavilion with 2 red bridges leading from it. It is an ideal spot for postcard perfect photos. There is also a Chinese timber architecture gallery that shows miniature replicas of famous wooden Chinese buildings and displays in detail how some of the intricate corner fittings work. We also went through the Rockery that has various types of unique rocks on display. There is an attractive koi fish pond. Throughout the gardens, the trees and rocks are an artistic tableau.

~darlene

Very easy to get to on the MTR and a short walk from Diamond Hill station, we weren't expecting it to be so quiet and tranquil inside the gardens.

The gardens with the sculptured plants, the landscaping and buildings are fabulous and are a great photo opportunity.

We spent a couple of hours wandering around enjoying watching the carp in the pond and marvelling at the vibrant colours of the Garden Pavilion of Absolute Perfection. The Chi Lin Nunnery courtyard was also peaceful with lots of interesting architecture and ponds with lotus leaves/flowers.

A must see in Hong Kong

~zing

We came for the temple and then visited the gardens. We were very pleasantly surprised, and had a very good stay. There is a lot to see and walk, and they are very well cared for. Overall people were very nice. Though this was perhaps the only place in HK that my kids were bothered for photos (I really don't like when this happens in China). I recommend a visit, even if it is a bit out of the way. Use the MTR instead of a taxi.

~robert

Stunning place! Beautiful gardens, immaculately kept. Great landscaping, awesome juxtaposition of gardens to the skyscrapers surrounding it. The snack shop was great. Peaceful music accompanies you as you walk through the gardens. Very scenic. We were there on a rainy day and there were plenty of places to shelter between the fronts.

~raine

This is the best place from out pov to visit in HK. Make sure to check when it is a free entrance to make the best of your money (either Wed or Thu cannot recall for a fact). The garden is absolutely amazing to walk around. It is exceptionally well maintained and the trees, flowers everything is prefect. Note that you cannot eat inside a sandwich or grab a bite from something you brought with you (don't know why). If not on a budget, one can try the restaurant behind the waterfall - from outside it looked very romantic. As you walk around you can also reach Chi Lin Nunnery for an totally amazing complete experience.

~mire

This is a traditional Chinese garden located just off the Diamond Hill MTR. There are wonderfully shaped bonsai trees, a golden temple called the Garden Pavilion of Absolute Perfection (and a lovely red wood bridge that leads to it), ponds, rare and unusual rocks, a waterfall, waterwheel, and a couple of exhibit halls. It's a perfect place to enjoy peace and tranquility in the city, and the grounds are perfectly maintained. There were very few people visiting when we were there - it was easy to find a quiet park bench and contemplate the view over the lotus pond. The Chi Linh Nunnery is right in the same area, so you can see both (but the nunnery closes at 4:30 PM). No admission charge to either the nunnery or the gardens. There is also a tea-house and vegetarian restaurant in the garden, but we didn't go to either one. Take a few hours and check it out - we sure enjoyed it.

~tubmle

We visited this garden in 2014. We enjoyed this Chinese garden. It was quiet and peaceful. It was laid out in a very organized manner and well maintained. This visit was a nice break from the hustle and bustle around it. Combination photos of the old with the new skyscrapers was interesting. There are many seats where you can sit and meditate and soak up the peace and tranquility.

~dan

These gardens are spectacular, immaculate and showcases natural beautiful scenes in miniature, although still very majestic. It is adorned with springs, hillocks, trees (pruned mostly in a bonsai look) flowers, plants pavilions, winding paths and bridges to different areas (although these were all closed when we were there). 

I was in awe of its beauty, serenity and peace whilst outside its walls is the hustle and bustle of HongKong and towering apartment buildings. A walkway will take you over to the beautifulChi Lin Nunnery.

~cherie

This place isn't mentioned in must do top tens very often but it would definitely be in mine. The place is amazing. It's like a small central park. Peaceful nature in the centre of the cities hustle and bustle. Easy to get to on the subway and a complete delight!

~hani

I was gobsmacked at the vast and well-kept gardens, massive centuries old rocks (carted from China) and plants for the beautiful garden layouts smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a busy city with all its noises. Here however there is a peace and quiet which I would assuredly want to come back to again. Absolutely worth a few more visits.

~suze

In visiting Diamond Hill, we had only planned on visiting the nunnery temple. However, these gardens are only across the road and there is a bridge linking the two; so we decided to take a detour to explore the nice looking park.

The entrance facing Diamond Hill MTR station and shopping complex is odd, having had a motorway bypass constructed over it. That being said, it is the cleanest underside to a bypass I have ever seen, and once one enters the gate of the garden the sunlight will be shining down again. 

The timber museum is interesting; it mainly contains miniature timber reconstructions of famous old Chinese buildings from the mainland, including the imperial palace in Beijing. Little snippets of architectural information on the buildings can be found, including a huge fixation on hidden floors that are invisible to the outside - a quirk of traditional Chinese architecture.

Outside again, there are numerous rare plant species mingling around the lake and fountains, and the trail provides a relaxing walk. The only part I didn't enjoy is that the golden pagoda island in the middle of the lake, despite having bridges over to it, was entirely closed off. They could also have signposted the nunnery better; one does not need to leave the gardens and cross the main road to access it, as we did, for there is a bridge connecting the two.

~simon

We loved the garden. It is free of charge. It offers a great brochure with all the features of the gardens. It is one of the best maintained gardens I ve seen. They pulverise the plants during the afternoon heat! The golden pavillion is such a beauty and there are plenty of resting spots to enjoy the sights. The waterfall comes round the corner unexpected and the many big stones makes this garden a joy. The koi dont get to be fed. But no one stops you getting yourself prepared with something for them. A must see in my eyes.

~smect

Wow, what a beautiful place. Absolutely worth the time to visit. And take your time once there to appreciate it. Getting there is easy. Catch the MTR to Diamond Hill station. This is located under a large shopping center which is a bonus. Once out in the street, just follow the signs, you can't get lost. 

We discovered that you can't just take a break and sit anywhere here as there is staff there to make sure you don't. There is ample seating around the park anyway, and lots to see when there. There is a small cafe/restaurant at one end and under a waterfall which was very nice. Right across the main road is a Nunnery, which is an absolute must do whilst in the area. Both won't disappoint.

~michael

If you like gardens, you'll enjoy spending a couple hours walking around Nan Lian. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and appreciated the meticulous work of the landscapers. It was an overcast, misty day - just perfect for spending time here. And there were no crowds of tourist groups taking selfies!!!!

~mick

Beautiful, peaceful and interesting gardens. A great escape for an hour or two with great views inside the gardens and outside with the surrounding towers and mountains. Easily accessible via Diamond Hill MTR on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

~matty

This is a lovely garden but it is not worth traveling a long distance to see. It is underwhelming compared to other botanical gardens around the world and is far from other attractions.

Due to the high ratings for this attraction we made a point of seeking it out for a change of pace from the crowded city. Trouble is, it is so far away that you must spend a lot of energy to get there. It took us well over an hour to reach by bus from other central areas (Star Ferry terminal area and Kowloon station) through slow-moving traffic. (Google had estimated about 45 minutes for both metro and bus). So it was exhausting just getting there.

We arrived around 2pm on a Saturday and found it hotter, slightly busier, and louder than we expected. There weren't a ton of people there but a lot were rushing to take photos and clogging up the entire walking path, making it seem more crowded than it was. At that time of day there was also minimal shade along the walkways (especially while navigating between people). It was surprisingly loud inside from the nearby roads and highways. So after a not-quite relaxing walk through the park we left to endure yet another hour-plus trek back.

It is certainly a lovely park but nothing exceptional. If you're in the area stop by (it's free). If not, don't add it to your must-see itinerary-you'll be more exhausted than rejuvenated for your efforts.

~cabas

By boyfriend took me here, and it was a lovely garden. A wonderful green scene that you can enjoy a walk in.... except... perhaps you might want to avoid going there in the peak of summer when it's incredibly hot and the sun is just GLARING at you. 

Nevertheless, this place is great and lovely and well kept. Would definitely come here again next time.

~vera

The Nan Lian Garden is accessible by MTR Diamond Hill. It's an incredible Chinese classical garden with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures. One of the most picturesque buildings is the golden Pavilion of Absolute Perfection! Highly recommended to walk around and enjoy nature :)

~rick

The Nan Lian Garden is right next door to the mtr station Diamond Hill, it's a nice place to see some old architecture with the surrounding apartment buildings and office buildings. Is good for half a day.

~janet

Visited for the second time and was happy to be there again. Although the first visit in March was considerably colder than the second one now in July. Still - beauty. How the Chinese masters handle every single plant to bring it to absolute beauty. The mastery of bonsai is just amazing. And the composition of the whole garden as well. Just a little disturbing is the background of surrounding high rise blocks. But this is Hong Kong. Well worth to visit in any time of the year.

~talor

Took a 45 minute stroll through the gardens with my family. While it was extremely hot outside, the visit was still worthwhile. A very quiet oasis amidst the bustling city. Certainly worth a brief visit.

~kim

I went to this garden to fill in some spare time in Hong Kong, what a delight. The Zen gardens are perfect and very well presented. I liked the presentation of polished rock formations and was fortunate to get an explanation of their meaning to zen Buddhists by a friendly park guide. Adjacent to the park is a zen Nunnery, which is built in traditional style, again this is a great visit. both places are free and 2 mins walk from the MTR. Would visit every day if I could, this place should be on your to 10 places to visit whilst in HK.

~lee

This is a beautiful in the midst of the city. We loved strolling around this gorgeous place. No need to pay for an expensive tour or bus trip to visit here as it is less than two minutes stroll from Diamond Hill MTR station and very well signed posted. The wild life we saw in the garden is just inspiring and that is why we return again and again when we have visitors and to enjoy the awesome vegetarian food in the restaurant. A steep minimum charge of $120 per head to eat there but worth it.

~farow

Beautiful area in Diamond Hill few minutes from the Diamond Hill MTR exit. Too bad its in the middle of a city and not on the side. Recommended by my mom as well as other guides online, its a place to visit in HK.

The buildings kind of kill the entire feeling of the place. Nan Lian Garden was built years later after the Chi Lin Nunnery was established. 

Free entry ! A mild escape from the "city" 

Upon entry of the garden, there is a huge wooden sign with the name of the garden in chinese. As you follow the pathway, theres a small building to the left which features many very intricate and detailed wooden structure models of larger/older buildings. Continuing along the path, you'll see a large golden structure surrounded by a pong. Very nice visual except for the modern high rises behind :( Its quite a nice walk (too bad it was a little hot that day and of course humid). The garden has a tea garden and a restaurant but very pricey. I heard its good to try the vegetarian meals there too but my friends were highly uninterested in that fact. You can check out the "rock museum" and gift shop that also showcases these high valued tea sets that my friends and I can't but wonder why they are so expensive. Lol 

The garden is connected to the Chi Lin Nunnery which has an extensive temple area which i will review individually from this. 

Great place to check out on a day of temples. Close to the popular and widely known Wong Tai Sin Temple (few stops away)

~yask

Went to the gardens on one of the first days of my visit and it is still one of the best places I've been in HK!

It is a wonderfully laid-out garden with many good views, bonsai trees and probably the most serene place in one of the world's busiest cities. It only takes a couple of hours to see most of the garden and the nunnery.

~melanie

Beautiful gardens. Free entry. Perfect for an afternoon stroll. Everything you want in a Japanese style garden.ponds, pagodas, bonsai type plants.Eating is not permitted except in the café. Tea and a toasted cheese sambo is about 35HK. Go see the neighbouring Nunnery.

~conor

A bit of a way out of the main Hong along highlights, but well worth the MTR trip out to Diamond Hill. This Classical Chinese Garden is just across the road from the Hollywood Plaza mall you arrive in. Quite a contrast itself between the two landmarks. The garden is easy to walk around and is spectacular in its beauty and peacefulness. Much loved and carefully manicured plants. The bonsai (large versions) are fantastic. A great day out with the Chi Lin Nunnery just across the road.

~glash

My husband and I discovered this place unintentionally, as we had a few hours to fill in, in Kowloon, and didn't want to race around too much. The Garden was directly opposite the Hollywood Plaza where our cruise ship's shuttle dropped us off. What a wonderful find! The gardens are incredibly peaceful and beautiful - gentle music playing, elegant topiary and bonsai, waterfalls, ponds, temples, even an amazing art exhibit. All with the Hong Kong skyline behind it. You can just feel your BP drop as you stroll around. Don't rush it - this place is special and deserves to be enjoyed at a gentle pace.

~josh

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