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Pinewood Battery

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BradJill wrote a review Mar 2020
Hong Kong, China131,778 contributions23,524 helpful votes
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The Pinewood Battery is a war relic situated within the Lung Fu Shan Country Park on Hong Kong Island. It is found as part of Heritage Trail setup along Hatton Road, 1.5 km uphill from Kotewall Road in the Central District. The trail is around 400 metres long, passing by 12 different ruins (bunkers, command centre and gun platforms). There are numerous interpretative posters introducing the history of the Battery and the various ruins which remain in place along the trail. Historically, the Pinewood Battery was originally constructed in 1903 and was the highest coastal defence battery in Hong Kong at 307 metres above sea level. By the end of WWI, the battery was converted into an upgraded anti-aircraft battery. During the Battle of Hong Kong in December 1941, it was received heavy bombarded from Japanese artillery fire then setup up on the captured Kowloon Peninsula and was heavily damaged and eventually evacuated. After WWII, the Pinewood Battery was abandoned and left as a reminder of the battle scars inflicted upon Hong Kong during the war. Today the landmark Pinewood Battery grounds have been repurposed as a protected heritage area with picnic facilities and a short trail visitors can follow to see and learn about the Pinewood Battery ruins and its history of defending the coast of Hong Kong. In the end, military and history buffs will greatly appreciate visiting the Pinewood Battery heritage trail. Other visitors will potentially find this an interesting stop to make as part of The Morning Trail up Hatton Road towards Victoria Peak.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Truthful Reviews wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom7,006 contributions708 helpful votes
Various ways to get to this old battery which was bombed by the Japanese in 1941. The old ruins still have the ambience of the war. The ghosts of war are still felt here. I didn’t take any pictures but it’s worth a visit. Walk I from Kotewall Road off Robinson Road. It take bus number 13 to Kotewall Road from central. Also you can take the tram to the peak then follow Harlech Road and the morning trail on Hatton Road. Or you can walk up old peak road to the top then join Harlech/Hatton Rd.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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TheOExpress wrote a review Mar 2019
Hong Kong, China3,556 contributions2,108 helpful votes
...whilst walking to/from Victoria Peak, if only for the historical information on offer on placards around the site, with context immediately offered by the ruins in situ. That being said, it hasn’t been that well cared for the interim period and seems, for the most part, to have been left for the trees to reclaim.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Joseph T wrote a review Feb 2019
Hong Kong, China2,362 contributions106 helpful votes
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Other than the famous trail walking along the Lugard Road & Harlech Road up in the Peak, one can side-track & take the Hatton Road downhill to explore the smallest country park in Hong Kong “Lung Fu Shan” & the heritage ruins of “Pinewood Battery”. The battery was built in the hidden woodland which was destroyed by the Japanese during the Second World War. Suitable for families at all ages. Further down the hill is the Hong Kong University with many historic buildings.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Bumali wrote a review Oct 2016
Hong Kong, China698 contributions184 helpful votes
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This is very interesting historical place where some ruins of British batteries and blindages are located whing were used in 30-40s years of the XX century. You can reach this place walking up from Hong Kong University (metro station HKU) to Lung Fu Shan Country Park. It's not far from this place to reach by walking to Victoria Peak (about half an hour). That's why it's very nice walking trip from hong kong university to victoria peak through lung fu shan country park and the Battery location.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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