A Stroll through Serenity

A Step on the Serenic Side

There is a quiet and peaceful place in an urban area of Hong Kong where you can hear the evening drum and morning bell every day and enjoy the tranquility even if you are not Buddhist. This serenity is juxtaposed with the history of nearby Kowloon City, which was once a notoriously lawless spot, but now has become a foodie’s haunt that is famous for authentic Southeast Asian cuisine.

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Afternoon
  • Nan Lian Garden
    Nan Lian Garden
    Cutting through Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments is the tranquil Nan Lian Garden, a public park built in the style of the Tang dynasty. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods. There are permanent exhibitions of Chinese timber architecture, rocks and potted plants.
    Address:
    60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 3658 9366
    How to Get There:
    MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.
  • Chi Lin Nunnery
    Chi Lin Nunnery
    The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The complex also includes a series of temple halls, some of which contain gold, clay and wooden statues representing divinities such as the Sakyamuni Buddha and bodhisattvas.
    Address:
    5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 2354 1888
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.
  • Long Men Lou
    Long Men Lou
    Long Men Lou is located within Nan Lian Garden along with the beautiful Silver Strand waterfall, whose water curtain graces the entire glass window of the restaurant’s main dining hall, providing its patrons with a continuous show of water art. Elegant and cosy, the restaurant offers fine contemporary vegetarian dining, which Chi Lin kitchen has long been promoting.
    Address:
    Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 3658 9366
    How to Get There:
    MTR Diamond Hill Station, Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.
  • Kowloon Walled City Park
    Kowloon Walled City Park
    Kowloon Walled City Park sits on the very site of the former Kowloon Walled City, remembered today as a haven of crime and debauchery. Today, the Chinese-style park preserves traces of the walled city, most notably its yamen, the imperial government administrative building. The Jiangnan-garden style of the park also offers visitors a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature in a place where the darker side of human nature once flourished.
    Address:
    Tung Tsing Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 2716 9962
    How to Get There:
    • MTR Lok Fu Station Exit B, then take a taxi to Tung Tau Tsuen Road; or,
    • bus 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier Terminus. Get off at Tung Tau Tsuen Road (opposite to the park).
Evening
  • Kowloon City
    Kowloon City
    This erstwhile industrial district is now a gourmet neighbourhood of international cuisines, with Asian specialties very much in the spotlight. Southeast Asian, Thai, Chiu Chow and Cantonese food and local desserts are available in inexpensive and unpretentious family-run eateries.
    How to Get There:
    MTR Lok Fu Station and take a short taxi ride.

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