Not entirely sure how I managed it, but I talked Jake into waking up early on Sunday morning to head to a Buddhist nunnery. I had read about the Chi Lin nunnery and its gardens in a guidebook, and when we googled it to get more info, the pictures won us over. It’s just a short MTR (subway) ride away, still right in the middle of the city. But being inside….. it was incredibly calm. If it weren’t for the high rises in the background, you’d never know it was Hong Kong!
The monastery… traditional Chinese architecture. There were Buddhist shrines at the openings along the building. No pictures of the insides allowed! (Wish I could have because they were beautiful.) We thought the lotus ponds in front of the monastery were the ‘gardens’ we had heard about. WRONG! We were about to see something much better…
Ta-da! Paths leading to more gardens. Everything was so perfectly manicured, thanks to the many gardeners on hand.
Right in the middle of the city. There were goldfish the size of a small child in that pond.