Dams in Hong Kong

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Dams in Hong Kong

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  • Victor
    London, UK206 contributions
    Very scenic, hexagonal rock columns are numerous and huge.
    Best place in the city for coasteering, with lots of small bays and caves along the coastline.
    Written September 1, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,770 contributions
    The Tai Lam Chung Reservoir is also locally known as the 1000 Islands Reservoir and is the feature geographical highlight of the Tai Lam Chung Country Park in the Tuen Mun District of the New Territories. The lake was created between 1952-57 by damming the Lam Chung Valley. Because of the hilly landscape and twisting valley grounds, the flooding created a reservoir with what appears to have numerous islands, hence the nickname.

    You can hike to the reservoir from several locations. The most convenient being the MacLehose Trail Section 10 which passes through the country park on the northern side of the reservoir. Around the midpoint, there is a short splinter trail that is very well marked. It is just 200 metres and leads to the Reservoir Islands Viewpoint, a fairly large area that is elevated and providing a handful of spots where you will find rewarding panoramic views of the reservoir.

    Note: This is one of the most photographed locations in Hong Kong by Hongkongers so do be ready for crowds if visiting on weekends or public holidays, especially after 10am. If you want to visit on these days, best to go early or just wait and visit on normal weekdays when you won't have to deal with the crowds at the viewpoint.

    Note: To access the reservoir and viewpoint from Tuen Mun, take light green minibus 43 (circular route) from just outside and across the street from V City Mall (3-4 minute walk from the Tuen Mun MTR Exit C or D). Take the mini bus to the end of the So Kwun Wat village. Get out at the last stop next to a small Tin Hau temple. Many others will be exiting here to begin the hike so don't worry about missing your stop. Further, just return to this location on the way back if you are planning to return to Tuen Mun after seeing the reservoir.
    Written April 5, 2022
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  • R Kwok
    China9 contributions
    If you are looking for a simple or intermediate hike you may want to try to the Aberdeen reservoir area.
    Great view from the upper reservoir area and if you like you may go down to the bottom to take a look as well.
    If you prefer a longer and more challenging hike you can take the Wan Chai Gap route
    Written February 16, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,770 contributions
    This is a cluster of four small reservoirs found in the southern section of the Kam Shan Country Park north of the Kowloon Peninsula. Collectively they have a capacity of 2.9 million cubic metres of fresh water. You can visit the reservoirs and their respective dam structures while hiking and sightseeing in the country park.

    Historically, the Kowloon Reservoir was constructed in 1910, making it the fourth man made lake in Hong Kong and the first in the New Territories. The Shek Lei Pui Reservoir was completed in 1925, followed by the Kowloon Reception Reservoir (1926) and Kowloon Byewash Reservoir (1931).

    Interestingly, there are 5 historic structures at the Kowloon Reservoir that are Declared Monument buildings in Hong Kong. These include the Main Dam, Main Dam Valve House, Spillway Dam, Spillway Dam Recorder House and the Recorder House all of which were completed in 1910 and designated as declared monuments in Hong Kong in 2009.

    It is easy to visit the Kowloon Reservoir Group. The main Kowloon Reservoir is at the start of the MacLehose Trail Section #6 and entry into the Kam Shan Country Park just north of the Tai Po Road. You will see it and the dam structures immediately upon entering the park.

    There is a short Kam Shan Tree Walk, an 800 metre hike that starts just north of the Main Dam on the Kowloon Reservoir. You can take this through the forested area around the Byewash Reservoir to the dam area of the Reception Reservoir. You can take an informal shoreline hike around the Reception Reservoir or continue on the Tree Walk which will later cross the Byewash Dam and back to Tai Po Road. There are other splinter trails, from Golden Hill Road north of the main Kowloon Reservoir from which you can use to make way over to Shek Lei Pui Reservoir as well.
    Written April 4, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,770 contributions
    This is a group of five waterworks structures located at the Kowloon Reservoir in the Kam Shan Country Park. These were built in 1910 as part of the construction of the lake and include the Main Dam, Main Dam Valve House, Spillway Dam, Spillway Dam Recorder House and Recorder House. These are Declared Monuments of Hong Kong (2009).

    You can see the historic structures conveniently upon entering the country park from the south where you find the Kowloon Reservoir and the small cluster of lakes. You will walk over the two dams. The Main Dam is curved and fairly interesting. You'll walk past the Main Dam House Valve. Note the 1910 date engraved above the door.

    History and heritage buffs will appreciate spending a few minutes viewing the historic structures of the Kowloon Reservoir. Then you can continue onward with your hike up Golden Hill Road as part of your hike through the country park.
    Written April 7, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,770 contributions
    The Shek Pik Reservoir is the third largest man-made lake in Hong Kong providing storage capacity for 24 million cubic metres of fresh water. It was built between 1957-63 and is located at the western end of Lantau Island.

    You can view the reservoir from the roadside at the dam as well as from many of the trails that ascend the range to the east. There is a fairly basic Shek Pik Country Trail that starts to the east of the reservoir before winding north to Ngong Ping Village. Various other trails like West Dog's Teeth and Lantau Peak provide nice views of the reservoir as well, particularly on days with good sky conditions.

    Note: Another interesting thing to see, down below the reservoir dam is the Ancient Rock Carving, one of nine that have been discovered throughout Hong Kong. Just follow the road from the southeast end of the dam 700 metres. There are signs along the way, no way to get lost.

    If you want to visit the Shek Pik Reservoir, there are several New Lantau Bus company routes that pass by linking Ngong Ping Village to Tung Chung and Mui Wo. There is a bus stop at the dam, same turnoff used to walk down to the Ancient Rock Carving. This is also where you exit the bus before making way to the Shek Pik Country Trail starting point about 6-8 minutes east of here.
    Written February 4, 2022
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