Pinewood Battery

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,944 contributions
Hidden Military Relics & Secret Bunkers
Jan 2021
Hidden halfway up the Peak, these historic military relics are a ghostly reminder of a past world and past wars. They are easy to access from the Morning Trail which leads down from the Peak.
An excellent heritage trail with detailed information panels leads you through the bushland, past old gun batteries, forts, magazines and battle-scarred bunkers which were built between 1901-5. The battery was re-commissioned during WWII and manned by the 17th Anti-Aircraft Battery and the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery but it was heavily shelled by Japanese artillery fire during Dec 1941. By Christmas day, the Japanese had invaded and occupied Hong Kong for the next 4 years.
Military enthusiasts and historians will of course be interested but it is a hauntingly evocative sight for anyone. Today, the battery lies in ruins but you can still climb the observation post and peer into the empty bunkers where which are being quietly subsumed by jungle-like growth. Once up to 30 officers and gunners would have been stationed here.
Entry is free.
GETTING THERE: The easiest way to get here is to walk down the Morning Trail (Hatton Rd) from the Peak. As you walk down, you will see clear wooden signs on your right, directing you to the Pinewood Battery (see photo below). Afterwards, you can either walk back up to the Peak or continue walking down the Morning Trail until you reach Conduit Rd, where you can easily get a bus or taxi.
Written March 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
Coastal Defence battery ruins on Hong Kong Island
Mar 2020
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.
Written March 10, 2020
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,359 contributions
Great for war enthusiasts
Dec 2019 • Solo
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.
Written December 28, 2019
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Hong Kong, China3,893 contributions
A worthwhile diversion...
Mar 2019 • Couples
...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.
Written March 24, 2019
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Joseph T
Hong Kong, China2,694 contributions
Nice & relaxing walk with convenient access
Feb 2019 • Friends
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.
Written February 9, 2019
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