It’s a sunny day right at the heart of the Lunar New Year of the Monkey. With celebrations all around China, Hong Kong remains quiet. And weirdly enough, this peculiar quietness is oh-so magical and peaceful in a city that is always filled with noise and traffic. Here is a fresh perspective on the many faces of the city of contrasts.
To begin with, one of the many recommendations for places to enjoy your brunch is definitely Classified. My favourite store from this Hong Kong based chain is surely the one on Hollywood Road, where the urban meets the hip. You will definitely see a lot of Aussies and Europeans and it’s a wonderful place to sit back, relax and enjoy really yummy food. A highlight is the smoothies menu with nutritional creations like this one below. With that in your tummy, you’re hands down pumped for the whole day.
When it comes to street art, I am a great fan. Hollywood Road and Soho in Central have so many artistic treasures that the lovers of urbanism will definitely appreciate.
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Chinese decorations all around the city to celebrate the New Year.
Our stop in this blog post is the lovely Nan Lian Garden, a Chinese Classical Garden in Diamond Hill, Kowloon. The garden has an area of 3.5 hectares and is designed in the Tang Dynasty-style with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures.
The location of the garden is in urban Kowloon. The scenery is simply breathtaking, with a tranquil and serene atmosphere. The garden is characterised by the four main elements of Tang-style gardens with artificial hillocks and ornamental rocks, water features, timber structures and old trees.
The stunning gold Perfection Pavilion (above) is connected by two red painted timber Zi Wu Bridges. To the left of the pond is Spring Hill, one of the garden’s hillocks with trees and waterfall and surrounded by rocks.
A short distance beyond Xiang Hai Xuan is the Blue Pond stocked with Koi and with rocks and water features (and lots of goldfish!).
View of the gold Perfection Pavilion with a twist. One within the city and one within the greenest of greens, mother nature.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”