|• "Lingnan Garden"||• Introduction of Brick Carvings|
"Lingnan Garden" (the garden) was officially opened to the public on 11 November 2000. The daily opening hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. As the garden is located in the reclamation area of Lai Chi Kok in Kowloon, and lichee is a famous fruit of Lingnan, it is constructed in classical Lingnan style. The garden occupies an area of 12 500 square metres with about 2 600 square metres covered with water features, which take up about 20% of its total area.
The garden is divided into ten scenic spots. At the centre is a pond from which all buildings and architectural structures radiate in all directions. The architectural design is in Lingnan style, modeling after the traditional layout of courtyards and winding corridors. Ornaments of the garden include pottery sculpture, tile and plaster decoration, stone carving and woodwork and the rockery is made of stones mainly from Tai Hu in Yingde. Couplets by Guangdong masters such as Liang Qichao, Liu Huadong, Li Wentian and Kang Youwei, are displayed in the garden. Also, the colourful optical fibre light festooning the eaves from the Eastern Gate to the corridor-type bridge adds charm to the garden. There are extensive plantation areas inside and outside the garden with different species of plants. Canopies of leaves offer shade from the sun. Visitors will certainly be impressed by the exquisite bonsai there.
On the wall of the Eastern Gate of Lingnan Garden, there are two sets of fine figure-themed brick-carving that one must not miss. One of them depicts the 36 heroes from the Water Margin, which is known as one of the four greatest Chinese novels. Written by Shi Nai'an in Yuan Dynasty based on the popular folk tales of the Liang Shan Bo heroes, the story took place at the end of the North Sung Dynasty. The 108 heroes rose up in Liang Shan Bo and did lots of good deeds to help the poor by robbing the heartless rich. Among the most popular characters in the great book are Sung Jiang (nicknamed Timely Rain), Lin Chong (nicknamed Panther Head), Lu Zhishen (nicknamed Tattooed Monk), Li Kui (nicknamed Black Whirlwind) and Wu Song (nicknamed Pilgrim).
The other brick carving depicts the Eight Immortals crossing the sea. The Eight Immortals are Cao Guojiu, Li Tieguai, Lü Dongbin, He Xiangu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao and Han Xiangzi, all having their own magical instruments which are castanets, calabash, fan, sword, lotus, flower basket, yugu (a percussion instrument made of bamboo barrel) and dongxiao (a vertical bamboo flute) respectively.