Located in the expansive temple complex of the Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden is an impressively serene public park covering an area of more than 3.5 hectares. The beautiful garden is designed in the Tang Dynasty-style and features impeccably landscaped lawns, relaxing ponds, vibrant waterfalls, man-made hills, amazing rock formations, bonsai collection, ancient-looking trees and traditional wooden bridges and pavilions.
It is said that every element in the garden such as the hills, rocks, water features, plants and timber structures has been placed according to specific traditional Tang rules and methods.
The Nan Lian Garden, together with the Buddhist Chi Lin Nunnery, have become popular tourist attractions in the area, providing guests with a peaceful and relaxing oasis in the midst of Kowloon's hustle and bustle since it opened to the public in 2006. The garden is divided in several sections but follows a one-way route.
Aside from the garden, there are permanent exhibitions housed in some of the pavilions such as the collections of Chinese timber architecture models and ancient rocks.
There is also a souvenir shop offering a range of special items including pottery Chinese traditional handicrafts and stationery, as well as a restaurant serving vegetarian food for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. A snack shop and tea house also serve light meals and refreshments.
Visitors are requested to abide by certain park rules, including keeping the serenity of the place, wearing appropriate attire, refraining from causing nuisance to other visitors and eating and drinking except in designated areas of the garden. Visitors are also requested not to walk on grass, pick blooms or take plants as souvenirs.
The Nan Lian Garden is open from 7.00am-9.00 p.m. daily. Admission is free except for some special events and exhibitions in Xiang Hai Xuan exhibition hall.