Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail

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Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail

Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,165 contributions
Mar 2021
This is an excellent 5 km hike through the Tai Tam Country Park. The walk is centred around the 4 main reservoirs and dams that were built here between 1888-1917. The walk also takes in 22 historic structures and relics related to the dams, including stone bridges, masonry dam walls, valve houses, pumping stations and aqueducts. The views and surrounding area are very scenic.

LEVEL – it is a moderate to easy hike. You definitely don't need to be an experienced hiker. It is suitable for families. Kids might find it a bit long (5km) but being able to run across the bridges and aqueduct can keep them engaged and make it more interesting.
TRACK CONDITIONS–The terrain is varied. From Parkview, it starts with an easy, downhill stretch of road. Mostly you will be on paved paths but at other times you will walk along dirt bushland tracks which have quite a lot of gnarly roots but are otherwise pretty good. There are stairs and these can be uneven and roughly made. You don't need hiking boots but a decent pair of runners is advisable.
SIGNAGE - The path is well marked with clear signs and maps. There are also detailed information boards positioned along the route, describing the history of the reservoirs and the other structures. This is a really excellent feature of the walk.
FACILITIES - there are several BBQ and picnic spots and a few public toilets
WHAT TO TAKE - water, sunscreen and a hat are essentials. Also snacks if you want them because you cannot buy anything inside the country park.
STARTING POINT: The trail begins at the entry gates to the country park, just past the Parkview residential complex. As you approach, you will notice signs for the Wilson Trail and other tracks but keep going past these until you get to the black and white gates at the start of the park, where you will see wooden signs for the Tai Tam Country Park and the Heritage Trail.
Written March 12, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,650 contributions
Nov 2020
This is a self-guided trail through the Tai Tam Country Park, passing through a valley of four reservoirs created between 1888-1917 to create fresh water supply for Hong Kong's growing population. There are also 22 waterworks structures found around the reservoirs that became Declared Monuments of historical value in Hong Kong in 2009. The trail is nearly 5km long and is an easy downward walk from north to south.

Along the route, you will see very good countryside scenery. You'll also find several designated BBQ spots, public toilets and 10 information stations along the trail where you can learn about the reservoirs and historical waterworks structures that are nearby.

The 22 Declared Monuments along the heritage trail are influenced by Italianate Renaissance of Victorian civil engineering. Amongst them are masonry dams, valve houses, aqueduct and four delightful bridges that are nicely set amongst the green valley and teal-green waters of the reservoirs. To learn about them, best to google and read the free Tai Tam Waterworks Trail brochure by the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department beforehand. As mentioned above, you'll also find this information at this information is found along the trail as well.

Visitors can make way to the Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail from the city by using taxi or public buses (route 63 from North Point) and (route 6 or 66 from Central). Exit along the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park at the Sinopec Station. Then make way long the Tai Tam Reservoir Road around 1.5 km into the Tai Tam Country Park where there reservoirs are found. At the end of the trail, you will find yourself in the south along Tai Tam Road. From there you can take several buses and mini-buses that travel northeast to Wan Chai MTR Station or southwest to the popular seaside community of Stanley. From these two locations, you can easily travel onward back to your home or hotel in the city.

Note: While making your way to the Tai Tam Country Park, shortly after disembarking the bus, you will walk past the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park which includes a much smaller but similar late 19th-century reservoir with 4 Declared Monuments including a historic dam, value house, weir and workmen's quarter. These are worth spending a few minutes to view and enjoy as well as part visits to the Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail.
Written December 6, 2020
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Ben Z
Hong Kong, China111 contributions
Dec 2019
This trail offers great walks with wonderful scenery around the reservoirs, the trails are varied and you can choose according to you ability. The heritage aspect includes many water-related structures such as bridges, dams and pumphouses dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries - so it's an interesting day out for civil and structural engineers! You can get there easily by taking bus 14 from Sai Wan Ho terminus. The Water Supplies Department have produced an excellent and very informative information sheet and map which can be downloaded for free.
Written December 10, 2019
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GoneExpLauren
New York City, NY290 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
It's a long walk and steep at times - but try to go all the way around the trail to Violet Hill. The views of Repulse Bay are INCREDIBLE. A must do!!
Written January 20, 2019
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harindersingh1979
Vancouver, Canada196 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
We took our 3 yr old niece downhill from the top and across the reservoir. She was totally tuckered out, but we made it! There are many places to stop and picnic or bbq and the Family Walk area was magnificent. We enjoyed the marvelous views and scenery not to far outside HK.
Written December 15, 2018
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Curiosity48734111631
1 contribution
Dec 2018
We took our 3 year old niece from the top down - yes, many people were hiking up this trail as we lazily made our way down and across the reservoirs enjoying the great views. Overall, an easy walk down the hill is great for children and families.
Written December 15, 2018
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DavidG897
London, UK2,677 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Went up from Repulse Bay Road and found the initial climb quite challenging. At least the weather was good, the paths were not muddy and we avoided the heat of the day
Written October 7, 2018
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Apr 2018 • Friends
It’s not a very popular place I guess as not too crowded
But it’s a must visit
Walk around the dam is cool
You can go to the dam as close as you need
Few BBQ joints are also there for foodies

Very relaxing place to spend the day
Written September 16, 2018
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ShiningSchnee
Hong Kong, China1,967 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
The trail leads around several reservoirs built more than a century ago in a luxuriant valley on Hong Kong Island. The stone dams and water towers by the waterscape are beautiful to look at. There are panels along the way that explains the story and architecture of the century-old infrastructure. A great day out indeed!
Written September 5, 2018
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presoccerlink
Hong Kong, China32 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Tai tam reservoir is great location to visit if you're looking for a place to hike,it is perfectly built to facilitate smooth hiking and barbecue when tired,the water flow on the tai tam narrow bridge makes location very unique
Written September 2, 2018
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