Another photo album post! I hope you don’t mind.
They say the best things in life are free, right? Well these two pretty places were free and both were beautiful and definitely worth spending two Saturdays for. Both situated in busy districts but both successful in maintaining their serene atmosphere.
Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill. October 8, 2011. It’s a beautiful garden that follows Tang dynasty architecture (according to discoverhongkong.com) and it covers 3.5 hectares. Aside from rocks, lakes, small waterfalls, the place has small museums, galleries, restaurants and it also has this huge temple. We arrived at the temple after it closed but we still got to see the beautiful path and ponds leading up to it. There’s something wonderfully strange about the fact that behind the traditional Chinese buildings, gardens and lakes you see skyscrapers surrounding the tranquil place which, I think, makes it a lot more admirable.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Sha Tin. November 25, 2011. Another Saturday spent exploring the New Territories. As you may have guessed from the title and the pictures, the place has thousands of Buddha statues with different forms and actions. The place was pretty high and you had to climb up steps lined with these Buddhas which lead to more temples above. My favorite is the temple with the thousands of small Buddhas (third picture). They all have little lights which makes it seem like a thousand little golden candles flickering from outside the temple. The place had more statues that my pictures can show; the name of the place does not lie.
The more you immerse yourself in the beauty of the world, the more beautiful you become.