Nan Lian Garden – Hong Kong

Wandering around Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong the first thing that strikes me is the peace and tranquillity. Surrounded by high-rise buildings and busy overhead roadways in the Diamond Hill area of Hong Kong it really does surprise me how quiet it is.

Nan Lian Gardens

The photograph above is a panorama of the gardens. To see it at it’s best I urge you to click on it and view it larger size on my Flickr photo stream.

There was so much to see and photograph. I spent hours in the gardens and the nearby Chi Lin Nunnery. But here’s a selection of a few photographs from the gardens.

Pavilion of Absolute Perfection

The Pavilion of Absolute Perfection sits in the middle of a lake in the park. It’s closed to visitors but I quite like the angle of view I’ve got here. It’s a popular item to be photographed so you’ve got to pick your moment.

Just Posing

Don’t expect any leeway here. I had the tripod set up, just getting ready to take the photograph and in she walked. I’d normally change street photographs like this to Black and White but I decided to stay with the colour version. Nice dress!

At the back of the tea house is this artificially created waterfall. It’s not a great photograph but I thought I’d include it anyway just to show how much variety there is to photograph in the park.


Another one of the pavilion. Can you see what I mean about being surrounded by high-rise buildings.

Repairing The Fence

Of course the park needs maintenance and a team of volunteers work tirelessly to keep the park in good condition.

This is just a short view of Nan Lian Gardens. I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

First of all I’d like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Regular readers may have spotted that I have changed the theme for Say It With A Camera to 2016.

In keeping with this weeks challenge I have shown you a photograph I shot in Nan Lian Gardens which are located in Diamond Hill, Hong Kong.


In an area of high-rise apartments and flyovers for motor vehicles Nan Lian Gardens are a haven of tranquillity. Nan Lian is a public park, built in the style of the Tang dynasty. The gardens have been landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares and every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to very specific methods and rules.

Here’s what others are saying about this weeks challenge;

52 in 2015 Week 52

I’ve made it. Managed to complete the challenge and the final one was to show our favourite photograph of the year which wasn’t included in any of the challenges.

First up, it’s got to be Talacre. My favourite goto place when I want to experiment or capture a decent sunrise/sunset.

52 in 2015 Week 52 My Favourite of 2015 (2)

The other one is from Media City Salford. I stood on the quayside at ridiculous o’clock (02:39) on a bitter cold morning to take this photograph.

52 in 2015 Week 52 My Favourite of 2015

That’s it for this year. All it leaves me to do is thank you all for following and commenting on “Say It With A Camera”

Finally, wherever you are in the world I’d like to wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year for 2016.


52 in 2015 Week 51

Happy Holidays. Well I’m on holiday in Hong Kong so for me anything fits the bill but I think they mean Christmas for this one.

Really these were just two grab shots with my little Point and Shoot camera. The first one was taken in Hong Kong and was an advert for something or other.


The second photograph was taken in Macau

52 in 2015 Week 51 Happy Holidays

That’s it – Mike