While I was glad (and lucky!) that my family was out of the country during the time typhoon Maring battered Metro Manila, we were actually not spared from rainy weather in Hong Kong either.
On our one and only full day to go around the city, it showered for most of the morning, and into the early afternoon! Boo :(. But eventually, the sun started to peek through the clouds, and we were off to explore the Nan Lian Gardens and Chi Lin Nunnery at Diamond Hill.
I love that Hong Kong is such an easy place to teach children about travel :). Because it is convenient to commute and go around via MTR, I took the opportunity to make our journey a ‘teachable moment’ for A.
She learned about maps, and enjoyed pressing the screen to choose our destination…
…and she also loved inserting the MRT card to enter and exit the station :).
Finally, we arrived at Nan Lian!
For those of you who have not been here, it is a must-see that I highly recommend :). It’s kind of like a hidden patch of green, amidst the tall buildings and concrete jungle that is Hong Kong. It’s a wonderful place to stroll through and enjoy at a leisurely, relaxed pace.
The highlight of the park is this golden pagoda, built in the Tang Dynasty style. The striking orange bridge that leads to it makes it even more of a sight to behold! Very picture worthy!
I also read that each element in the 3.5 hectare garden (as in every rock, plant, hill, body of water, tree, etc.) was meticulously placed according to very specific rules and methods. Talk about discipline! But the results are a beautifully manicured space for the public to enjoy :). And we certainly did!
Right next to Nan Lian is the Chi Lin Nunnery.
The nunnery is basically a huge complex filled with temple halls, Buddhist relics and lotus ponds. The vibe here is very serene. Some people were there to pay tribute to Buddha, while others simply soaked up the beautiful, elegant wooden architecture. It was lovely, and I can say my family truly appreciated every aspect of this place. It was unfortunate, though, that because Chi Lin is a place of worship, photos were not allowed inside the temples :(.
As dusk started to settle, we left Chi Lin and headed back for Tsim Sha Tsui. After a quick, early dinner at Ippudo (this is a MUST for the H), we headed for the Victoria Harbor waterfront, to catch the Lights and Sounds show by the promenade.
Since we were also already in the area, we decided to cap off our day with a walk along the Avenue of Stars. It’s basically similar to a Hollywood Walk of Fame with statues of various movie paraphernalia and sculptures of famous Chinese actors on display. Along the path one can also find hand prints and autographs of stars set in cement.
While we didn’t really know or recognize many of the stars that were honored along the Avenue, we did enjoy the stroll and the view of the Hong Kong side skyline :). So many beautifully designed buildings!!! 🙂
So that’s basically what we did during our second day in Hong Kong. I love that everything we did was new, and not part of our usual Hong Kong itinerary :). In my next and last post, I’ll talk about what we did on our last day.
Wait for it! 🙂