Hong Kong can be a little intense sometimes. Every now and then, those fast-paced city vibes can feel hard to keep up with, making you crave a bit of peace and quiet. The first time I went to the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens, I was surprised by how tranquil it felt despite only being a short MTR away from the immense crowds of Mong Kok. Sure, it’s a popular tourist site but that somehow doesn’t detract from the serenity of the place.
The gardens feature some pretty impressive plant life, honestly, some very good aesthetics going on there. The best part for me though is definitely the pond. I could spend hours (and I mean hours) watching the colourful carp fish in the water. They move so gracefully that it almost puts you in a trance. Unless, you catch them at feeding time of course, in which case you’ll witness a rush not too dissimilar to the Tsuen Wan/ Island line changeover at Admiralty station.
To get there: Diamond Hill MTR, Exit C. Follow the signs, 2 minute walk.