Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chi Lin Nunnery.


When I was first told about a Nunnery, the images of The Sound of Music immediately came to mind. I couldn't be more wrong. There were no women walking around in habits. It is a beautiful Buddhist temple complex. 

We arrived later in the afternoon, and the place had a handful of tourists meandering around the grounds.
 

The grounds and the structures are amazing. The wooden buildings are constructed without the use of any iron nails and instead they cut interlocking grooves into the wood to hold the structures together. The place was rennovated in the 1990's and you can tell from the photos that the everything is kept in pristine condition.


The carefully manicured bonsai trees, the reflecting ponds with lotus flowers blooming up at you, create such a peaceful environment. There are plenty of signs warning children against running around, so my husband and I were sure to keep a close eye on the behavior of our two little ones.

There are gigantic urns in the middle of each courtyard filling the air with the sweet smell of incense burning. 


This is a great place to visit in Hong Kong for a family on a budget since there is no charge to walk around the grounds. We started off the holiday our kids had from school with a visit to Chi Lin Nunnery and it was the perfect way to start the week.


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