Nan Lian Garden

Hong Kong is full of high tower blocks

Built in the style of the Tang Dynasty over an area of 3.5 hectares, Nan Lian Garden is a Chinese garden of classical elegance. Although placed in the urban area of Kowloon, amongst Hong Kong’s high rise blocks, the timber carvings and alluring bonsais give the garden a tranquil and serene atmosphere.

Nan Lian garden was renovated in 1934, with a Tang dynasty style. This is the main building in the courtyard

To the north of Nan Lian garden, the hills of  Diamond Hill stand tall


The four elements of Tang style gardens are strategically placed; rock, water, timber, and trees. On entering the gardens, visitors have to pass through the Black Lintel Gate before reaching the Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery.


A sign with Chinese writing, with the Nan Lian pond behind it

Since the Han Dynasty, the Chinese have used guardian lions in most of their architectureFlowers beginning to bloom on another bonsai tree

Lotus flowers have been blossoming in the Nan Lian ponds for decades

Lotus flowers have been blossoming in the Nan Lian ponds for decadesRain pouring down over the temple complex in the Nan Lian GardenGiant Lantern in the middle of the temple complex, which is surrounded by lotus ponds and bonsai treesSerenity in the middle of a bustling city


The gallery contains wooden models of traditional Chinese timber structures and illustrates construction methods such as those used at Chi Lin Nunnery. Following the one-way route, visitors stroll along the Banyan Grove and Pine Path South before reaching the Lotus Pond. In the Lotus Pond is the stunning gold Perfection Pavilion connected by two red-painted timber Zi Wu Bridges.


Apartment blocks standing tall behind the Golden Pavilion of Nan Lian

The Golden Pavilion focused




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Bonsai tree with a view of the Golden Pavilion


Entry Cost to Nan Lian Gardens:


Best time to visit Hong Kong:

March – April & October – November

Nearby Nan Lian garden:

Chi Lin Nursery


Nan Lian – Trip Advisor

Tang Dynasty




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