Tai Tam Valley

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Tai Tam Valley
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,994 contributions
Exploring the Valleys of the Tai Tam Country Park…
Mar 2021
Tai Tam valley is a beautiful green belt, lying in the heart of the Tai Tam Country Park. The deep ravines are studded with dams, reservoirs and natural waterways and are very scenic. An excellent way to explore the area is via the Waterworks Heritage Trail. The 5km hiking trail takes you right down through the valleys and past the four historic reservoirs, built between 1888 and 1917.
The trail includes detailed information boards that describe the history of these early constructions and provide more information about the aqueducts, valve houses, stone bridges, workmen’s buildings and other various structures that you see along the way.
I was intrigued to learn that a sunken Hakka village lies beneath the dam waters, under about 1.4 billion gallons of water. It was submerged over 100 years ago when they built the Tai Tam Tuk dam. Recently, researchers have recovered relics of mud bricks, several banyan trees, century-old soda water bottles and small opium containers from the site of the village.
WHAT TO TAKE: Water, sunscreen and a hat are essentials as there’s nowhere to buy anything en route. There are a few picnic and BBQ areas with toilet blocks.
GETTING THERE: The trail begins at the entry gates to the country park, just past the Parkview residential complex. As you approach, you will notice other trail signs but ignore these and go just past them until you get to the park gates. From Central, a taxi will cost about $75HKD and will take about 15 min. Or you can take the #6 Stanley Market bus (don't get the 6X bus which also goes to Stanley via another route). Get off on Wong Nai Chung Gap Road beside a petrol station (just past the tennis courts and cricket club), where you’ll see a set of stairs that lead up to Tai Tam Reservoir Rd. It is a 15 minute walk up this steep road to Parkview and the gates of the Country Park.
Written March 12, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,465 contributions
Scenic valley grounds with good hiking, reservoirs and heritage trail
Nov 2020
The Tai Tam Valley is a scenic area that forms a major part of the protected Tai Tam Country Park to the east and south of the Wong Nai Chung Gap on Hong Kong Island. The valley is probably best known for the series of dams constructed here between 1888 and 1917 in order to create fresh water reservoirs on Hong Kong Island.

The reservoirs as well as 22 Declared Monuments (e.g. dams, valve houses, pumping stations, workman's quarters, masonry bridges and aqueduct) of historical value are well preserved and form an informal Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail which passes leisurely down the valley and through the country park, providing a nice way to casually spend a few weekend hours in this attractive outdoor setting on Hong Kong Island.

There is a patchwork of smaller trails that crisscross the valley to the west of the reservoirs and heritage trail. You'll also find trailheads for popular sections of the Wilson and Hong Kong Trails along the inward road leading to the country park.

To visit the Tai Tam Valley there are buses from North Point (route 63), Central (6 and 66). Simply exit at the Wong Chai Nung Reservoir Park at Wong Chai Nung Gap Road. Then walk 1.5 kilometres along well sign posted road until you reach the country park. At the end and bottom of the valley, you can then take double decker buses or smaller light green mini buses onward into Stanley or back northeast to the Chai Wan MTR Station. Then make your way back home or to your hotel.
Written December 2, 2020
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Margaret W
Ashford, UK126 contributions
Walking the dogs
Nov 2017 • Friends
Went with my Son & his friend & their two dogs round Tai Tam Reservoir. Lots of steps & steep slopes to climb so not recommended for people with walking difficulties. But fantastic walking with great views of the aqueduct. We walked for around 2-3 hours. Very good exorcise.
Written December 2, 2017
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ilove2xplore
The Bund, China1,528 contributions
Tai Tam waterfalls
May 2017
My family decided to do hiking and we choose this place upon reading all good reviews, since we were in Sai wan ho, we took bus from there bus no.14, and not pretty sure where we stop, but not that very far ~ and it took us 45mins to reach the waterfalls., its a beautiful waterfalls, the place is very quiet and relaxing, highly recommended..Thumps up 👍🏻
Written June 12, 2017
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Andrew’s Travel Reviews
London, UK82 contributions
Incredible experience, not too arduous
Feb 2017
This hike took us about 3 hours in total and was largely flat, with at times, very rocky terrain. Clambering down to the waterfall is also quite a fun adventure, and would recommend taking a refreshing dip. Doesn't quite have the views of other walks (dragons back) but still splendid in its own right. Definite must.
Written February 9, 2017
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lirene
Mexico City, Mexico113 contributions
Tai Tam Mound Waterfall
Jul 2015
My friend and I joined this Hong Kong Hiking group with meetup.com
We saw this Tai Tam Mound Waterfall trail, consulted one of our Hong Kong friend and decided to join the hike.
It was a flat hike thus its easy with the only exception that the sun is really hot and burning.
We were happy to arrive at the waterfall via a hidden path.
It was an awesome time to have traveling.
Written July 1, 2015
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Chris D
Leiden, The Netherlands445 contributions
Tai Tam Tuk walking guide
Oct 2014 • Friends
When you look from Tai Tam Tuk Dam, the view in Autumn on a windless day is a mirror reflecting the horseshoe of mountains that are:The Twins; Violet Hill; Jardine's Lookout; Mount Butler and Mount Parker. Colonial names, I apologies, please if my Hong Kong friends can add the Chinese names in sequence, I would be happy.

There are strolls to hikes here. The number 16 minibus will take you there from under Chai Wan MTR or from Stanley.

The reason I enjoy this place, is not only for the views, but also the industrial heritage. The dams are made of hewn granite, from Tai Tam Tuk, you edge your way round the fingers of the reservoir. The bridges over these fingers have an aesthetic quality. The road steepens until you arrive at the Dam to the Upper reservoir. Your muscles have gentry been warmed up. The horseshoe to come is really evident. Now you have choices. Keep on up the road to the left and you will eventually arrive at the Park View edifice that will allow you to explore some WWII battle sites or get transport back to your hotel or home. There is no downhill unless you walk to the buses, so those with knee trouble will have exercised on an incline that steepens all the way.

If you cross the Upper Dam to the right you will similarly walk up a steepening road to Mount Butler. You can wend your way down to Quarry Bay Mtr or the tram or do some shopping in Tai Koo.

If you want the strenuous option, then the steps up Mt Butler and Jardine's Lookout will test you. Had enough, get a taxi at Park View. This is an out point and if you still want more then climb Violet Hill. After this you may want out, turn right to drop down to Repulse Bay or straight on up and over the Twins back to Stanley, or right and it is back to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir where you return to the bus stop.

You will need sun cream, a hat, good footwear for walking, and a supply of liquid. Best time of year, October to March. The views can be magnificent in the summer but do be careful.
Written October 15, 2014
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Assaf G
Tel Aviv, Israel121 contributions
A Hidden tropic trek 10 minutes from the city
May 2014 • Solo
take a bus to Wong Nai Chung gap, and take either 2 roads to Violet Hill, you will follow a quiet shady trail amid a small rain forest. From Violet hill you can continue to Stanley through the Wilson trail, but it's rather difficult. Or you can retreat earlier to Repulse bay by taking the "treacherous trail" to Repulse bay. It's a highly recommended trak if you look for a tropical scenery and you don't want to go too far from Hong Kong Island.
Written June 14, 2014
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Monika1958
Zhuhai, China215 contributions
Tai Tam Country Trail hike :-)
Apr 2013 • Couples
We started on the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park and followed the signs of Wong Nei Chung Gap Trail until we found a sign for Tai Tam Country Trail. This will lead you eventually back to the other side of the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. This walk is easy, some steps. Man made trail. You will find signs with the names of trees/plants along the way.
From the Reservoir we took the second part of the hike toward Violet Hill. This part is quite strenuous.This part is mostly dirt trail, but well maintained. Going down the hill are man made steps. I was glad to have those steps, since it was pretty steep in some areas going down. It was foggy the day we went, but it seems that there would be enough shade on a sunny day and nice views.
The total trail was about 6 km and it took us about 2 hours 15 min.
Written April 7, 2013
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