Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Gardens – Hong Kong

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.

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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.

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To get there: Diamond Hill MTR, Exit C. Follow the signs, 2 minute walk.

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