The Chi Lin Nunnery situated in Diamon Hill, just east of where I was staying in Kowloon is a beautiful complex covering a space of more than 33,000 square meters including a nunnery, temple halls, Chinese gardens, visitor’s hostels and a vegetarian restaurant. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas made from gold, clay, wood and stone.
The nunnery itself was rebuilt in the 199o’s in the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture where the wood frame buildings were built without the use of any nails and the Chi Lin Nunnery buildings are the only buildings to be built in this style in modern day Hong Kong.
The nunnery is situated in a typically modern and area of Hong Kong so it was strange to come out of a busy MTR past a shopping complex to reach the calm, relaxing and frankly beautiful area in amongst the hustle and bustle of modern Hong Kong. The Nunnery was not the only thing worth visiting there, the stunningly beautiful Nian Lian gardens situated just before them are definitely worth a visit. It is amazing how a city that is developing so fast still manages to keep stunningly beautiful area’s amongst the ever appearing tower blocks.