Sunday, July 3, 2011

Get thee to a nunnery

Column with Buddhas
Plaque at entrance
Interior courtyard with bronze incense burner
Courtyard view

Well, no sign of Hamlet but this Ophelia did indeed get herself to a nunnery, the Chi Lin Buddhist Nunnery to be exact. What a beautiful, peaceful place. However, in Hong Kong you are always in the city. I tried to avoid skyscrapers in the pictures but you may get a glimpse in the distance! The parts I could not photograph were in fact the most impressive. The Buddha shrines were jaw droppingly beautiful; immense Buddha statues in brass, wood, clay and porcelain. However it is an active place of worship and not possible to photograph. The other pictures are taken in the adjacent Nan Lian Garden, an oasis of calm in the city. I had lunch in the snack bar; vegetarian, of course, being in a buddhist nunnery!

L-R View from Lotus Walk ; Pefect Pavillion ; Lotus flower in the Lotus Pond

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