Po Lin Monastery’s first Lotus Festival, which features around 400 varieties and 4,000 pots of lotuses and water lilies, is open until July 2. The festival, called Enchanting Lotus, Felicity for Hong Kong, is free to enter and is open from 9am-5.30pm.

The festival is the largest of its kind in Hong Kong and some of its attractions include plants brought in from Thailand, Nanjing, and Wuhan. The exhibits are on display around the Po Lin Monastery, the Big Buddha, and the Di Tan of the complex.

The works created during the children's painting competition will be on display on the Po Lin Monastery premises as part of the Lotus Festival.
The works created during the children’s painting competition will be on display on the Po Lin Monastery premises as part of the Lotus Festival (© Hong Kong Lotus Festival via Facebook)

Children also took part in a painting competition with the theme ‘The Prosperous Lotus Blesses Hong Kong’, and the works are on display during the course of the festival.

There are other events that visitors can participate in as part of the festival. They can attend lectures about varied subjects, such as the significance of the lotus on Chinese aesthetics and Chinese philosophy. There is also a photography competition in which winners can get prizes worth up to HK$6,000.

For more details about the programmes of the festival, click here.

Header image credits: Hong Kong Lotus Festival via Facebook

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