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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. Use our Hong Kong trip generator to add Chi Lin Nunnery and other attractions to your Hong Kong vacation plans.
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  • From the timber roof lines to the lotus ponds, the Nunnery is a must see. Cameras are allowed on the outside but not the inside. The many buddhas are spectacular.  more »
  • Beautiful, peaceful place. Easy to find from the Diamond Hill MTR. Attached park is lovely. A great place to wander for an hour or so.  more »
  • A short distance from the city, this place offers a quiet sanctuary where you can refuel your energy. It's close to the mrt and even closer to the famous garden.  more »
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  • Got down the Diamond hill station from TST. This place is peaceful and beautiful. A gem in the middle of the city. The place is well-maintained. There are several security people watching over. Wish there were more guides/signs in english around though because I didn't understand the giant rocks that lined the square. I got lots of great shots from this area as well as the Nan Lian garden across it. No entrance fees needed. Spent nothing but the whole afternoon around just admiring the sights and taking pics. Worth the visit!
  • Very nice but very artifical. There is not so many people. Nice place to have a snack here
  • The most beautiful gardens in Hong Kong. If you want to take a break of the busy city of Hong Kong, this is the right place!
  • Just 5 mins away form Hollywood plaza , good to have a walk with your family and friends. There's a small restaurant where you can have some tea and ice cream!
  • Interesting and well maintained architecture. This spot has a good energy for prayers.