Hong Kong Part I

Hiya all! Happy new year!

Man, hasn't it been awhile?! The previous time I put something up here was last September. Over four months have gone past since I posted. I think I owe this blog a piece of my trip in Hong Kong last November. I know, I suck updating in real time; but life has been really hectic since Christmas holidays was around the corner, plus it's yearend reporting for us in the office. *sigh* Anyway, enough of me explaining, let me get down to main point of this entry.

This is already my third time visiting Hong Kong. I am with my housemates this time around and for all of us, this is not our first time to visit. So for this trip, we decided to try go to some new places aside from the usual tourist destinations in Hong Kong. Our first agenda was to head to a few of the famous parks in Hong Kong. We thought it'd be nice to explore some place which is out of the norm.

For our first stop, it was the Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery.

Nan Lian Garden is located in Diamond Hill and is situated in the middle of skyscrapers. Every tree, every plant and every structure was inspired by the Tang Dynasty. The garden was opened in 2006, and it was built as a reminder to their heritage. The park is open to public and it's just for free.

 The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection

Blue Pond

Right next to Nan Lian Garden is the Chi Lin Nunnery.  Also inspired by the Tang Dynasty architecture, this temple has been standing there since 1934. It used to be a place for Buddhist nuns for retreat. Like Nan Lian Garden, the Nunnery is open to public and entrance is also for free.

Hall of Heavenly Kings

Lotus Pond

Front Gate of the Chi Lin Nunnery

As we have all gone to the famous Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, we thought of going on a different path by trying out Sky100. Sky100 is located in 100th floor of International Commerce Centre, which is the tallest building in Hong Kong. This is an indoor observation deck which showcases the views of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong Island. You will have to take a minute-long elevator ride to reach the observation deck. There are different rates for day and night tours.

On the second day, we visited the Hong Kong Park. Hong Kong Park is situated in Central. This modern park caters a number of activities in the park, from aviaries to ponds to art centers. It also has a man made waterfall at the center of the park. The park is free and also open to public. 

This is it for the first part of the 3-part series my Hong Kong trip. This was probably the most exciting part for me cause I got to explore a different side of Hong Kong. The best part of going to these places also is that there's not much tourists, so we got all the space in the area to take photos! *wink* I'm glad to finally got this started and hopefully I can complete this series sooner than later. 

I'll see you all in part 2! :)

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