The Rocky Garden of the Hong Kong Bonsai Society is located in Kam Chin Tsuen (Gold Coin village of Sheung Shui, New Territories, and is only 40 minutes drive from Kowloon. It is the permanent address of the Hong Kong Bonsai Society .


On ascending the stone steps entering the Rocky Garden, one instantly sees the image of grand, striking rocks towering against the sky. Striding up the steps onto a platform, one gets an eyeful of dark willows and brilliant flowers to suggest another scenic image beyond the trees. Amongst thatched roof pavilions, loggia, winding bridges and rapids are droves of immense rocks. All are richly covered with foliage and flowers of the season.


Along the fishpond is a rock with Sir David Akker-Jones' "Natural Cavern" inscription that rightly depicts the enchanting features of the locale. Other attractions include cascades and stalagmites. The scenery is scaled down in such a way to make the visitors feel as if they are in the famous gardens of the southern Yangtze. Consequently, many Hong Kong television series, movies, and videos were filmed here. Most visitors declare that the Rocky Garden is a rare place to come by in Hong Kong.


Advancing to a red brick wall with a green roofing and passing the quaint moon gate is yet another vista. Upon this moon gate is the "Rocky Garden" plaque, written in ancient Chinese calligraphy by the 77th-generation grandson of Confucius, Mr. Kung Tek-Shing. On the reverse side of the moon gate is another great work of calligraphy by one of the most famous painters in Hong Kong, Mr. Chiu Siu-Ong. With such scholastic value, the Rocky Garden is further enhanced.


In the central section are the exhibition and nursery areas with no less than 600 exhibits. Pot after pot of sturdy bonsai is seen on display on assimilated rock terraces. All bonsai are arranged in zigzag formation, typical of an exhibition-cum-nursery environment. Further up are rows of metal stands containing yet more bonsai of larger and grander scales; while on the other side are unique pieces of rock rising from the turf, entwined with growing trees. The trunks and branches grow tightly around the rocks like serpents, typically exemplifying rock-clad bonsai.


Another architectural attraction is a hexagonal pavilion of distinctive design. Upon this is a wonderful place to cool oneself in summer breezes. Underneath the pavilion one hears the splashing of cascading water, and behind this is a mini-forest of osmanthus and a picturesque lily pond. Such sights and sounds renders one with soothing and relaxing feelings.


Proceeding through a vase-shaped doorway is the backyard. Greeting you is a bubbling pond. In the pond are a pair of red ceramic carp with water spouting from their mouths, created by a celebrated master from Sek Wan, China.


The Rocky Garden has a relatively small size of no more than 50,000 square feet. It was created through the consensus opinions of landscape architect Mr. Chan Kam-Tek, and the Society's committee members. The design concept was based on the Shouzhou-style garden for maximum utilization of winding paths to achieve the effect of dark willows and brilliant flowers, scenes enhancing the sum, greenery within greenery, and using a small space for panoramic views. It is bringing China to you without bringing you to China.


The Rocky Garden was first built in 1986 with the generous contribution by the ex-Chairman of the Bonsai Society, Mr. Wong Kee-Mein. After two years' hard work, it gradually took shape into its present state. It is open free of charge every Sunday to the general public. On other days, it is open to organizations and agencies such as senior citizen groups. Also, many photography enthusiasts and wedding couples come to take their photos here. Everyone considers the Rocky Garden to exemplify the best characteristics of classical Chinese scenery.

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