Monday, May 07, 2012

Temples and Milk Tea

Hong Kong is a funny old place. Right now I am sitting in the apartment with the sounds of cars beeping their horns, the noisy demolition of a nearby building (HK is constantly tearing down old buildings and replacing them with shiny new commercial ones) and also the beep beep beep of the pedestrian crossing down below all of which are drifting in through the open window. However, despite the constant hubbub and the chaos of the city, there are some lovely surprises to be found. HK blogger, Sam from Sam is Home has fast become one of my favourite people in HK and she took me to Chi Lin Nunnery, a stones throw from Diamond Hill MTR where an excellently well looked after garden and temple can be found amongst the high rises and busy HK life. 
Chi Lin Nunnery
The site itself isn't particularly old and dates back to the 30s but it was rebuilt in the 1990s following traditional methods. It's such a lovely tranquil space (perhaps a bit distracting with the zen style music that is pumped through speakers in the gardens) but you can't complain when it's free admission. It's definitely worth a visit!
Chi Lin Nunnery 2
Thanks to Sam here is the outfit I wore that day, check out the high rise apartment blocks in the background, such a contrast to the temple. I have to admit most of the things here are all new buys from HK. I'm really dreading packing, I bought so many clothes to HK for my 3 month stay and I am leaving with a whole lot of new things too.
Chi Lin Outfit Blouse (Random shop, HK) Skirt and bag (Kwai Chung Plaza, HK) Belt (Topshop) Shoes (Zara) Watch (c/o Guess and H Samuels)IMG_3674 IMG_3672
Massive thanks to Sam for the two detail shots above and the one below. Man...I need to upgrade my camera!
IMG_3662 Sam&Winnie Milk Tea
Here is the lovely lady herself! We both completely relished drinking the ice cold HK milk tea and on such a humid day, it was extra awesome.

The Nunnery is full of Bonsai trees which are all carefully tended to, lots of unusual looking rocks and quiet corners. It did make me want to swan about in traditional Chinese costume, ornate hair pieces and servant girls trailing behind me. Yeah...OK, maybe I should stop watching those Ancient Chinese dramas.
Bonsai
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On this particular day, we had a bit of a shop and then stopped for Sushi but a busy Friday night and torrential rain meant we missed the opportunity for Desserts. On that note I am off to meet Sam for our 'Day of Desserts' to make up for it! Mmmm chocolate cake....
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38 comments

  1. wow, this looks like such a lovely place to visit.

    ♥mollie from musicandmollie

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  2. Wow, that place looks beautiful! I love your outfit as well; the collar detail is fab! Xo

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  3. you look lovely, that blouse is so unusual! the place looks amazing too :)

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  4. Wow this temple is beautiful! I can never get enough of the contrasts in HK. You look lovely, your outfit is so awesome! :)) Have a great dessert day haha!

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  5. Loved visiting the Nunnery, so peaceful and quiet.
    I miss Sam.

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  6. Wow, the temple is so stunning, and I love your outfit xo

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  7. Oh my goodness you two are adorable! I absolutely love the green top, especially with the embellishments on the collar! The skirt and the bag make the outfit perfect! The temple looks like such a peaceful place, I would love to experience one some day! Hope you are having a lovely Monday!
    xo Hannah

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  8. You look gorgeous and this place looks beautiful :)

    Maria xxx

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  10. I absolutely love your color blocked bag! Have you ever tried instant milk tea, btw? DH and I saw it this weekend at a grocery in NYC, but weren't brave enough to stick it in the cart?

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  11. I love your skirt :)
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  12. A day of desserts sounds like great fun! :) I love the collar on your top!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  13. LOVE your outfit Winnie, that is the perfect green and perfect collar detailing (: so glad to hear you're enjoying the more leisurely side of HK while away! That nunnery looks so tranquil! xx

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  14. these photos take my breath away. i loved reading the first paragraph of this post.. im a visual person and i pictured you there in HK with all the city noise. how are you winnie? hope everything is fine!

    xx james

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  15. beautiful pictures, i love your outfit!

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  16. totally in love with the metal details on your collar - some of the best i've seen. love it so, so much<3
    would you like to follow each other?
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  17. Beautiful place and your outfit is just perfect for it :) love the bag too!

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  18. A close friend of mine just moved back there. I miss her dearly, and would also love to see this beautiful location.

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  19. Gorgeous outfit, the collar tips are amazing.
    Lovely location too <3

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  20. I aim to be Winnie's Favourite PERSON by the time she tries foie gras at a dai pai dong next week. Hehehe.

    I miss Kit.

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  21. It looks so beautiful! And you are right - such a contrast with those skyscrapers in the background!

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  22. my coworkers were talking about hong kong and it sounded amazing...i want to visit even more:D

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  23. Looks beautiful there! Love your collar too-really cool :D
    xxx

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  24. love that skirt!! and that collar is stunning!

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  25. Looks like you really had a good day, both of your smiles are so big! (:
    And I LOVE that bag especially with the turquoise in it!
    Love from Japan (:

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  26. Looks like you really had a good day, both of your smiles are so big! (:
    And I LOVE that bag especially with the turquoise in it!
    Love from Japan (:

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  27. Those collar tips are super rad... and that belt! All in the details.

    And that nunnery looks like a much needed oasis tucked away in HK indeed

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  28. I like your blog, I like your style, everything is fine!
    If you like my blog, we can follow each other)))

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  29. Oh my, i love this place! i just remembered, i actually been to this place where i was touring my british friend around as he likes these Chinese stuff, lol...

    I love your green top!!! and that detail shot of your bag by Sam looks sooo nice! love it:D

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  30. nice outfit, love ur bag :)

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  31. Gah, HK milk tea!! I'm just thinking about it. Nom! I LOVE your shirt with the tip details~

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  32. I love the hustle and bustle of a city but only for a little while. This looks like the perfect calming escape.

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  33. That looks like such a lovely place to visit, but why why why would they ruin it with music playing on speakers?! And I really like the metal detailing on your collar.

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  34. love the collar. that is such a unique style xx

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  35. Love the outfit and your bag! you and your friend have such vibrant smiles! makes me feel all happy inside even though I'm seriously nervous about my interview that's in a couple of hours LOL btw, i finally blogged about the goodies you got me!! :D

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  36. Such a fantastic place! You look so beautiful))) Great look!

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