From all of the gardens I have visited in Hong Kong, Nan Lian Garden was the most tourist-y of all.
I don't want to diminish the beauty of the place since it was a very pleasant experience. Very spacious, almost empty (a rarity in Hong Kong) and with more than enough sights to see. But the garden does seem to lack a bit of "character" when compared to more traditional and older gardens.
Besides the golden pagoda in the main center area there is a huge lake with even bigger carps. Well not really otherwise they would not fit in the lake.
People were just chilling and taking it easy when I was there. Some 2-3 families just following the all-sweaty-picture-taking-foreigner with their eyes.
The very impressive main Pavillion is astonishing. The mountains on the background give it a postal card kind of look.
Sadly when you go inside you are not supposed to be taking pictures.This always bums me out specially when the parts that they dont want you to photograph are difficult to put in words.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 and Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm f3.5-6.3