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Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong

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Take in the representation of Buddhism through the unique architecture and design of Chi Lin Nunnery, a massive Buddhist complex. Enter through a series of gates, representing three important ideas in the faith: compassion, wisdom, and skillful means. Although originally built in the 1930s, the complex underwent a complete conversion into the Tang Dynasty style in 1998. The historical design dictates that the wooden frame construction be free of iron nails; instead, interlocking pieces of wood secure it. Explore the temple halls and notice the statues made of gold, clay, and wood, which represent important divinities like the Sakyamuni Buddha. You may also notice silent nuns giving offerings to Buddha. During your visit, remain respectful of this sacred place. To see more in the Tang style, combine your visit with a trip to the nearby Nan Lian Gardens. Make Chi Lin Nunnery a part of your Hong Kong vacation plans using our Hong Kong trip site .
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  • This is a beautiful place to visit and definitely worth the bus ride to it. Entrance is free and there is a souvenir shop, restaurant, toilets etc. The gardens, ponds and nunnery are simply beautiful....  more »
  • Very easy to find. Convent still in activity. You can visit the first buildings in the Chinese style. Very harmonious with Bonsai collections. Several temples dedicated to the gods. Free entry.
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  • the architecture is so amazing, if you wanna hide away from busy city, come here and relax. after nunnery , you should come to take a look at Lotus garden where there are lots of bonsai trees and arti...  more »
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  • extra points for disabled access. clean and plenty of room. not that busy when I went and possible to take baby and pram. no baby changing room for males only females.
  • Beautiful Nunnery, we spent about 15' visiting it. My favorite was the contrast between the old architecture of the Nunnery and the new high-rises in the back. The ponds and the bonsais were also beautiful. In the back temple photography is not allowed and you must remain in silent.
  • Beautiful temple and garden. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside where the truly beautiful Buddha are displayed. One of the best places to visit in Hong Kong, by far!
  • Beautiful nunnery temple, all made in wood, very well conserved and with beautiful landscaping. The garden deserves an special mention here its really astonishing, more bonsais than I could count. very well made by the nunns, one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong, and the best part... for free. Really worth it.
  • Free admission. All wooden building temple with beautiful lotus ponds. the zen garden with golden pagoda are the star attraction. go in early morning or late afternoon. no food or picnic inside please.

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