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Hong Kong Kowloon Diamond Hill Nan Lian Garden Lunar Reflection Terrace Blue Pond Pavilion of Chinese Pagoda
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Hong Kong Kowloon Diamond Hill Nan Lian Garden Lunar Reflection Terrace Blue Pond Pavilion of Chinese Pagoda

Nan Lian Garden is situated at Diamond Hill of Kowloon, taking in the full view of southeast Kowloon. The Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery to its north together back into the sprawling northern mountain range. Hammer Hill Road borders the Garden on the east, Lung Cheung Road on the south, and Hollywood Plaza, a large shopping mall, on its west. The Garden opens to the west. An MTR station is just opposite the Main Gate.

The Garden is a designated public park, with an area of 35,000 square metres. It was designed and built by the Chi Lin Nunnery, entrusted by the Government, and is opened to the public in November 2006. It is currently managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery, also entrusted by the Government.

The Garden is built in the classical style of the Tang Dynasty (618 AD to 907 AD), on the blue print of Jiangshouju, the only Tang landscape garden the original layout of which can still be placed and traced today, and the shape of which bears a significant resemblance to the Garden site. Hills and rocks, waters, plants and timber structures are built and arranged according to classical Tang style and rules, accommodating the local environment, and the best view of the sprawling mountain range to the north is taken as the seamless backdrop.

The Garden is a Tang garden built in modern times, its architecture and landscaping reminiscent of nature and conducive towards a sense of serenity and tranquility, an ambience in which visitors may enjoy a moment of leisure and peace of mind, whilst reflecting on the profound richness of classical Chinese culture, right in the midst of the urban city hustle and bustle. It is hoped this will help promote the knowledge of and interest in classical Chinese culture.

Lunar Reflection Terrace

Viewed from the Lunar Reflection Terrace, the view of the Song Cha Xie across the pond, the variegated colors and texture of the foliage around, and the multi-layers of shades of light and dark green of Indian almond and sago trees on the opposite shores on the foreground, rising up to deep green of pines, noble bottles and figs on the background and up to the tree clusters in the billowing mountains provides endless interest. The scenery is enchanting, uncontainable beyond the physical boundaries of the Garden.

Blue Pond

The Blue Pond is a stretch of calm water on which floats the reflection of the surrounding scenery: the trees, the hills, the pavilions and the passing moon in the evening. In the water other colours gleam and glitter: the red, the gold, the silver and pearl of the golden carps.

Viewed from the Lunar Reflection Terrace, or from the cedar wood Pavilion of Chinese Pagoda, the view of the Song Cha Xie across the pond, the variegated colors and texture of the foliage around, and the multi-layers of shades of light and dark green of Indian Almond and sago trees on the opposite shores on the foreground, rising up to deep green of pines, noble bottles and figs on the background and up to the tree clusters in the billowing mountains provides endless interest. The scenery is enchanting, uncontainable beyond the physical boundaries of the Garden.

The clarity and serenity of the water in the Blue Pond reminds one of the ideals in Chinese culture. The Daoist sage, Laozi, said, “Superior virtue is like water.” Clarity of vision and serenity of spirit are the marks of the truly wise.

Even the vision and spirit of the truly wise are appreciative of details that adorn our lives, just as the Islets of the Turtle and, the Crane add interest to the peaceful water world, seemingly engaging in a continuous race with the flipping carps towards the Islet of Sago, and the magical mythical Penglai.

The Pavilion of Chinese Pagoda

The Pavilion of Chinese Pagoda sits at the back of the terrace. Looking out to the terrace and beyond, the beautiful scenery surrounding the Blue Pond fills the eyes and the mind. Flanking on the two sides are pagoda trees and elms and the seeping scent of cedar wood with which the pavilion is built. Take a pause, and be refreshed.

Copyright: Photoguy - kenneth wong
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Uploaded: 02/01/2012
Updated: 05/09/2014
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