Monday, March 19, 2018

Chi Lin Take Two

I was fortunate to get so many great photos on my trip to Chi Lin Nunnery when I was in Hong Kong.  It's such a beautiful place and I love the way East meets West in this gorgeous setting.  The contrast of the huge skyscrapers against the Asian architecture of the temple is so incredible to see and I think it's such a great representation of Hong Kong.

Chi Lin Nunnery was originally built in the 1930s and was completely renovated in the style of the Tang Dynasty in the 1990s.  The temples here are made entirely of wood and use traditional Chinese architecture techniques that employs special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold them in place, not a single nail is used in this building style.  These are the only buildings built using these techniques in modern day Hong Kong.

On the same site is the Nan Lian Garden.  This is a public park which was also built in the style of the Tang Dynasty.  It is a meticulously landscaped area that encompases over eight and a half acres.  In the garden everything is placed according to specific rules and methods and is intensely maintained.

I recommend giving yourself at least half a day to walk around and enjoy this breathtaking space.  There are so many things to see and take in that I walked around a few times to make sure that I could really see everything.  On the premises there is a vegetarian restaurant and a little snack area; I landed up eating lunch at the snack area because they had the most amazing vegetarian rice noodle stir fry!  I also recommend making this trip during a week day and earlier in the day, I got there around 11:00AM on a Tuesday and had the park almost entirely to myself, but it did start to get more crowded as the day went on.  If you're going to be in Hong Kong this is definitely a must see in opinion!

You can find all my outfit details and more photos from Chi Lin here.

photos of my by: jen loong via wandersnap  |  photos of landscapes by me

                    

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17 comments:

  1. wow this is so cool!!! what gorgeous architecture <3 i really love asian architecture <3

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  2. Such a beautiful space.. wonderful pictures.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  3. Beautiful pictures!! Looks amazing!

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  4. Oh Hong Kong has been on my list to visit for a long time. I heard so many cool things about it. Those photos are amazing :) xx, Theresa

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  5. This place looks gorgeous and your photos are beautiful!!

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  6. So pretty!!! looks like a great place

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  7. gosh, the architecture alone just takes my breath away!

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  8. I love these photos! I especially love the contrasting architecture!

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  9. Beautiful architecture and photos! How long are you visiting for?

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  10. How absolutely breathtaking! It sounds like you had and will have so much fun!

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  11. The nunnery looks absolutely breathtaking!! I'm loving all the Hong Kong photos you've been sharing Kristin!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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  12. Omg! So cool! I want to visit here so bad. Your pics are amazing!

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  13. Wow, this place looks beautiful! I love seeing your pics from your trip, it looked amazing!

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  14. I love Gardens and would love to go to this one!


    xo, L
    www.leannaranieri.com

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  15. What a cool place to explore! I'd love to travel there someday.

    Katie | www.millennialonthemove.com

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  16. Chi Lin seems beautiful! (And you look beautiful, as well, but that's a given!) I love the contrast of tradition and city life. I have always wanted to visit China!

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