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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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  • The place is very beautiful and conveys a sense of peace and tranquility. On this day in particular I was a little sick and angry because my camera had just broken, so it was nice to sit on one of the stools and let the atmosphere of the place calm me down a little.
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  • One amazing location and make sure you go off and explore. The gardens are wonderful but make sure you visit the temple too, back up the stairs and over the bridge.  more »
  • We visited the Chi Lin Nunnery in January, and were amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it is. It's a nice trip out of the hustle and bustle  more »
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  • 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 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.
  • Such a beautiful and peaceful place in middle of city. Best for refreshing yourself after all those busy work schedule and busy life of Hong Kong. Also noticed peaceful relaxing music playing in the background. One can do some meditations as well.
  • Hope you like overbearing security guards with your temple worship because they will ensure that you have as unpleasant a time as possible by following you around. Been here several times, and on my most recent visit there was a pregnant woman who was dizzy and needed to sit down. The security guard rushed over telling her to move along. I think a robot would have more discernment than most security guards here and in Hong Kong generally. Regarding the temple: if you've never been to a Buddhist temple then you will probably like this place. But it is more akin to a museum than a living religious site.

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