Hong Kong has a complexity that defies definition. It's the only place where you can be searching for colonial military relics near the Chinese border, lunch with a Buddhist at a Sikh temple, try to decipher the aesthetics of Chinese Revival architecture, or splurging on a shopping spree – all within five hours – followed by a night of Cantonese opera, karaoke or poetry, anywhere you choose. Hong Kong is so intense.
Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple complex in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and rebuilt in the 1990s following the traditional Tang Dynasty architecture. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin statues are made from gold, clay, wood and stone. The gardens are sumptous and calming against the backdrop of high-rise residential Hong Kong. I took this (and a lot of other photos on my visit in...