Shangrila

We visited our mission agency’s East Asia office in Diamond Hill, Kowloon to establish connection. Since we have a spare afternoon, we dropped by a scenic spot we have never gone before – Nan Lian Gardens, and were we surprised! Nan Lian houses Chi Lin Nunnery (Buddhist), with a 35,000 sq. m. garden open to the public. It is a classical garden in a modern city, with serenity in the midst of urban hustle and bustle

http://www.nanliangarden.org/

Main entrance:
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There are more than 60 different species of plants in the garden, mostly evergreens.
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It has also many well-chosen rocks and petrified wood-rocks.
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The landscaping is excellent throughout.
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The “Pavilion of Absolute Perfection” from a distance.
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Lotus Pond surrounding the Pavilion.
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Another view of the Lotus Pond.
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Xiang Hai Xuan, an exhibition hall.
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Song Cha Xie and Blue Pond.
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The other end of the Blue Pond.
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The Mill “waterfall”.
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The Mill.
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Entrance to Chi Nin Nunnery:
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Lotus Pond:
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Beautiful Azaleas.
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If life seems hectic and fast passing you by, you need to slow down and smell the roses. Find yourself a nice garden where you can pause to catch your breath, some place like an oasis or a stream in the desert. Spend some quiet time there in solitude and silence. Reflect on your relationship with God, others, and find yourself. There you will find rest and renew your strength. Tranquility is good for your soul. Try it some time.

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