Chi Lin Nunnery is a well-known Buddhist temple complex located in Diamond Hill in Kowloon. The complex sits on more than 33,000 square meters of land and features a nunnery, temple halls, Chinese gardens, visitor's hostels and a vegetarian restaurant.
Founded in 1934, the Chi Lin Nunnery was built following the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture. The buildings are made of wood and not a single iron nail was used in their construction. Instead, artisans used special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold them in place. The Chi Lin Nunnery buildings are the only buildings to be built in this style in modern day Hong Kong.
The temple halls and the Chinese garden in front of the nunnery is open to the public daily without charge. The halls feature statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas, which are made from a variety of materials including gold, clay, wood and stone.
There is also a magnificent courtyard featuring lotus ponds, fountains and bonsai trees.
Adjacent to the nunnery is another awe-inspiring attraction, the beautiful and sprawling Nan Lian garden where every plant, water feature and boulder is chosen according to specific Chinese garden rules to create harmony and serenity.
Based upon the Jiangshouju Gardens and Ponds in Shanxi, China, the Nan Lian garden was created to be an 'ancient garden within the city', and offers visitors a place of serenity amidst the chaos of city life.
How to get there
To reach the Chi Lin Nunnery, take exit C2 of Diamond Hill MTR station, and walk through the Hollywood Plaza shopping center and turn east on to Fung Tak Rd.