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Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park

Hong Kong, China
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Mar 2021
United Kingdom4944 contributions16229 helpful votes
This is not normally something you would visit on its own. However, it is one of the sights you will see if you are doing Stages 1 – 2 of the Wilson Hiking Trail. You may also stop by briefly if you are walking up Tai Tam reservoir Rd to join one of the Tai Tam Country Park hikes. In both cases, you’ll walk right past it. Even so, it will still only be a quick pit-stop. The reservoir was completed in 1899. When it was built, over 120 years ago, most of the work would have been completed by hard slog, using only manpower and relatively basic equipment. It has stood the test of time. The dam walls, valve house and weir are all original and are listed as Heritage Monuments. A couple of viewing platforms let you look out across the reservoir. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, several reservoirs were built across Hong Kong. They were critical to Hong Kong’s future. Right from the start of British settlement, fresh water was a persistent problem. Demand outstripped supply from the get-go and the population only continued to increase. The tank streams and public wells they’d relied on earlier were insufficient and, worse, they were easily contaminated. Further up the road in the Tai Tam Country Park, a whole system of reservoirs and dams were also built. These ones are much more significant and more impressive. GETTING THERE: From Central, a taxi will cost about $70HKD 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 but via another route). After about 20 min, 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 up to the steep Tai Tam Reservoir Rd, above. A 5 – 7 min walk will take you past the reservoir and another 10 minutes will take you to the start of the Tai Tam hikes.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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BradJill wrote a review Nov 2020
Hong Kong, China139100 contributions24496 helpful votes
The Wong Nai Chung Reservoir was the third man made lake constructed in Hong Kong back in 1889 and can be found just off the Wong Nai Chung Gap Road on Hong Kong Island. It is a small reservoir only holding around 27 million gallons, which led to the further damming of the nearby Tai Tam Valley to create a series of additional lakes in the decades that followed its construction. There is a small park that opened to the public in 1986 immediately around the lake which includes a recreation centre where you can hire leisure boats to enjoy on the lake (closed presently due to the pandemic). There is a kiosk for refreshments and public toilets as well. Another point of interest are the four Declared Monuments that can be viewed at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. These include the reservoir dam, weir, value house and workman's quarters building just west of the lake. In the end, a visit to the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir and Park is best combined with a visit to the much larger and interesting series of reservoirs, trails and declared monuments that make up the Tai Tam Heritage Trail in the Tai Tam Country Park to the east of here. You can visit Wong Nai Chung first at the start of the hike and day in the country park before proceeding east on foot to Tai Tam. Note: From the city, take bus 6 between Central and Stanley. Exit at Wong Nai Chung Gap Road which you will see on the announcement sign in the bus. The exit is at a Sinopec petrol station. Walk up a small staircase to the Tai Tam Reservoir Road and walk to your left 150 metres or so and you will arrive at the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park. There are signs along the way and onward to the Tai Tam Reservoirs, Country Park and Heritage Trail as well.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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wilkinsk123 wrote a review Jun 2015
Hong Kong, China196 contributions70 helpful votes
It's a tiny little reservoir right next to HK Parkview and Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, a 15 minute minibus ride from Causeway Bay. I only saw 2 paddle boats but loads of water bikes. Took one of those boats and it was a fun stroll around the reservoir...loads of turtles and koi around in it. It costed 80 per hour but I think it's much more convenient than Inspiration Lake over at Disneyland due to its central location (Cheaper too!) Good for an hour and perhaps as a starting point for all those hikes and trails that start along Tai Tam Reservoir Road.
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Date of experience: June 2015