Later in the day, I visited the Song Cha Xia Chinese Teahouse. I treated myself to a Bai Ji Guan which is a form of Oolong Tea. It is a traditional Teahouse where you need to take your shoes off and put on the provided slippers. It was my first time to taste a fine grade of High Mountain Oolong, properly prepared in the Traditional Chinese way. I was blown away when I took my first sip. The tea delivered a bouquet of flavours that created tastes and after-tastes, tones and over-tones. It’s marvellous floral aftertaste, bloomed quickly on my tongue and expanded aromatically into my throat, spreading like the fumes of a flagrant flower. It was a perfect and calm ending to what started as a beautiful day.
To get there, Exit C2 at Diamond Hill MTR station. From Plaza Hollywood, walk pass through the forecourt, up the escalator then turn left and simply follow the signs towards Nan Lian Garden. It is open daily from 7 am – 9 pm and the entry is free.
As tripods were not allowed inside the Nan Lian Garden, I decided to bring with me my Canon EOS 6D and use 135 mm lens to capture images. I set my camera to AV Priority with constant ISO setting at 100 for crisp images and colours. My F-stop was set at minimum aperture of f/2 while my shutter speed was set to not go below 1/250 sec.
Here were some of the images that I took that day. Hope you will enjoy them.
Upon entering the Nan Lian Garden, I passed through what seems to
be a Lintel Gate which had swirling cloud and lotus detailing.
|Along the quite winding paths, precious Buddhist Pine Trees and |
ornamental rocks greeted visitors.
|In the middle of the Lotus Pond is a gold-leaf Perfection Pavillion in |
Tang Dynasty Architecture.
|Red Painted timber Zi Wu Bridges connect to the Gold Perfection Pavillon.|
|Dragon spouts are incorporated in the Lotus Pond.|
|The Dragon, in Chinese myths, are a symbol of power, wisdom and strength.|
|Delicate Lotus shaped lamps are incorporated into the Chinese balustrade.|
|Dotted around the four Lotus Pond inside the Nunnery are |
stone entablatures with various potted Bonsai Plants.
|A white and blue-eyed Starling Bird picks up a flower bud.|
|Elegant stone floor lamps envelope feature gardens.|
|As you step inside the main gate of Chi Lin Nunnery, Tang Style |
Pendant Lights light up the corridors and hallways.
|A visitor doing meditation inside the Chi Lin Nunnery.|
|A Narcissus is on display inside the Gift Shop ahead of the Chinese New year celebration.|
The Narcissus, also tagged as "The Fairy on the Water", is a Chinese traditional Winter flower. It is an excellent gift and house display as it is believed to bring luck and good fortune.