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Bodies of Water 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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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China3,952 contributions
    …which is its sister beach just round the corner and admittedly has more space and facilities. However, this beach has the benefit of being a LOT less busy. CoCoNuts also does good food and the water is pretty clean.
    Written March 12, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,616 contributions
    The Plover Cove Reservoir is the third largest man made lake in Hong Kong and has a 2 km long dam and seawall that is a popular recreation place for bike rides, walks and flying kites. For experienced hikers with good fitness, there is also a challenging 18 km trail around the lake whereby you are rewarded views of the reservoir from the north, west and south. This is the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail that starts just south of the village of Wu Kau Tang, following a ridge line with elevated views of of the lake from the north and west before descending down and passing the shorter sub dam on the south of the reservoir and finishing at the northern end of the 2 km dam just to the south of Tai Mei Tuk.

    Importantly, the country trail around Plover Cove Reservoir is a good way to experience the lake and country park but it is a very challenging hike that takes around 6-8 hours to complete depending on how many rest breaks you need during the day. This trail is also not recommended during the hot and warmer months of the year, it is something that experienced hikers with good fitness may be up for trying during the cooler winter months when there is also less chain for rain. Note, there are no facilities along this trail so hikers need to be prepared for weather conditions and have sufficient food, water, sunscreen, footwear and hats before attempting this particular trail at Plover Cove Reservoir.
    Written February 11, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,616 contributions
    The Tolo Harbour is a large and attractive coastal area with seaside communities as well as long stretches of seaside promenades, city parks and other leisure areas. Notable areas along the harbour include Plover Cove, Tai Po, CUHK University, Science Park and Ma On Shan.

    Biking and jogging are popular activities around Tolo Harbour and there are plenty of kilometres of seaside track to enjoy these recreational activities. You can also rent boats and kayaks to enjoy time on the water. Just north of the main pebble beach at Ma On Shan there is the HappySky Water Sports Centre. They hire out good quality, safe, topside kayaks.

    A fun half day activity in Tolo Harbour is to kayak out to some of the small, protected islands in Tolo Harbour like Centre Island and the Ma Shi Chau Special Zone, where you can enjoy seeing rare geological rock structures that date all the way back to the Permian period. There is a nature trail at Ma Shi Chau if you want to walk the grounds. Alternatively just paddle around slowly and enjoy the geological highlights along the way.

    Quite a few other ways to enjoy time outside around Tolo Harbour including the Plover Cove and Reservoir area east of Tai Po, the Egret Nature area just past Science Park and back up the Shing Mun River (canal) towards Sha Tin as well.
    Written November 17, 2020
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  • Snowy’s Cooking Kitchen
    Hong Kong, China108 contributions
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    Written January 23, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,616 contributions
    This is a roughly 2.5 km easy trail in the northern part of the Plover Cove Country Park. It starts at Kai Kuk Shue Ha in the North District along the shore of the Starling Inlet before turning south and cutting though the country park and winding back to Bride's Pool Road.

    You'll see some decent forested lands and rural grounds of Plover Cove. The trail takes no more than 45 minutes to walk with elevation climb up to around 80 metres in total. Overall, an isolated but easy trail, good for those with little ones living in the area. If you are coming from the city, a far more interesting, easy trail is further south at Bride's Pool stop. There is a nature trail there that passes the stream and two very nice waterfalls and pools.
    Written December 26, 2021
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  • EastmeetsWestAB
    London, UK1,361 contributions
    Absolutely brilliant after heavy rainfall to see the dam in full swing. Would come back here again! Perfect day.

    To get here take MTR to Sai wan Ho, exit A . Take Bus 14 and get off at Tai Tam Reservoir North 大潭水塘北. From the bus stop to get to the dam there are some steps but really easy to get to. Worth a visit.

    You do not need to take the same route to get out. Head towards Tai Tam Tuk Village and check out the place. It's very peaceful.
    Written July 31, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Don’t expect a traditional looking forest, with densely wooded trees and shaded groves. Mangroves are short, scrubby bushes that spread quickly and thickly across swampy, tidal areas.
    The Tai O mangrove forest covers an area of about 20+ hectares and although it is not conventionally beautiful, the real beauty lies in the fact that the mangroves create enormous biodiversity, have complex ecosystems and can store and stockpile carbon .
    They are pretty amazing plants - they are the only salt-tolerant tree in the world. They actually thrive in harsh, inhospitable areas where other plants would curl up their toes straight away. They are home to crabs, birds, white egrets, mangrove snakes and fish but, most importantly, they suck up a load of planet-destroying carbon.
    The Tai O mangroves have only thrived in recent years. Traditionally Tai O was a great producer of salt. For centuries extensive salt pans covered most of the area and whilst this remained big business, the mangroves were never able to get a foothold or flourish. Once the industry fell into decline, the saltpans were abandoned, leaving the mangroves to take over. Since 2005-2007, a conservation programme has strategically planted many additional local varieties and now manages the growth of the forest.
    Written June 29, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,616 contributions
    The Pok Fu Lam Reservoir is situated on the lower section of the Pok Fu Lam Country Park in between the village and Victoria Peak. This was the first reservoir in Hong Kong (1863), serving as a critical source of water for the rapidly expanding population during the mid 19th-century.

    Visitors can enjoy seeing the reservoir as part of short and easy hikes found within the Country Park. The area is forested with lots of greenery. You may find hawks or other birdlife around the lake and there are usually a handful of fisherman trying their luck here as well.

    In addition to the reservoir, you'll find the 19th-century Watchman's Cottage, masonry bridges and other structures that form the reservoir dam that are collectively designated as a Declared Monument of historical value in Hong Kong. These are interesting to see and read about on the information panels provided along the paved walking trail found at the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir.
    Written February 16, 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This is a spectacular natural sea cave. Despite it’s name, Crab Cave strangely does not have a single crab – not one. You can enter safely and still leave with all your toes intact. The name came about because from outside, the cave looks a little bit like like a crab. Actually, I couldn't see it at all until I stood at a distance and to the left and then maybe you can begin to see it.
    Even more strangely, Crab Cave is not actually a cave. From a geology point of view, it should more correctly be called a sea arch. However it feels more like a cave. When you go inside, it feels as if you are sitting inside a cave with the back wall knocked out, creating a window to the sea, where you can watch the foaming waves splash up. It really is as spectacular as it sounds.
    You will almost certainly have to share the space with lots of others. Most likely will have to share it with Instagrammers. Even on a weekday when we were there, people were changing their wardrobe and ditching walking shoes to get ready for their photos. Nevertheless, it is beautiful and it’s worth sitting patiently and waiting to get the space to yourself for a few quiet moments.
    The cave is just one of several features at the very scenic Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve. Thunder Cave, WWII military batteries, ‘Miss Willy’ (whale skeleton) and the lighthouse are all in the same area.
    Take plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen and wear good shoes because the areas around the caves are rocky and inside is slippery.
    GETTING THERE: Getting here is not easy as it is an isolated spot and is roughly a 5km walk down Cape D’Aguilar Rd into the reserve.
    From Central, we took the MTR to Shau Kei Wan. Exit A3 brings you up at the bus bay and we only waited about 10 min for the #9 bus that took us right to the big roundabout at the start of the walk. Be aware that not all #9 buses stop here so check first that your bus has a sign saying “via Cape D’Aguilar”. Public transport took us about an hour. A taxi or uber would have halved that time and from Central, would have cost under $200HKD.
    Written April 16, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This is a very beautiful marine reserve with craggy rock formations, sweeping coastal views and features, including unusual caves, the ‘Miss Willy’ whale skeleton, WWII military batteries and Hong Kong’s oldest lighthouse (see separate reviews). However, it is also an isolated spot and well off the beaten track. If you only have a few days in Hong Kong, then you will be too busy with other sights and this is too remote and too out of the way to include in an itinerary.
    Entry is free but to get there, you need to walk in. The bus will drop you off at the large roundabout which is where your walk starts.
    It is one of the easiest coastal trails and is a roughly 5 km gentle, downhill walk along Cape D'Aguilar Rd (the bad news is that you will have to walk back up again unless you are lucky enough to snag a taxi that has dropped someone else off).
    It’s not terribly well sign-posted. You can generally follow other hikers but basically stick to the road until you get to the radio transmitters. At this point, you take the dirt path on your left and circle around behind the station where you can pick up the road again to head downhill. Towards the end of your walk, the road splits but there is a large, blue sign at this point directing you down to the reserve.
    Make sure to take sunscreen, hats, water and food. The walk is quite exposed and if you go on a weekday, there are no opportunities to buy anything. You’ll also need good shoes because once you get to the reserve the rocks can be sharp and around the caves and water, it is quite slippery. The only public toilets that we saw were two porta-loos about 5 min into the walk.
    Be aware, that despite the beautiful waters and the hot walk to get here, you can’t jump in for a swim because it's a marine reserve. Instead, we took a taxi later in the day to Shek O beach for lunch and a cooling swim ($46HKD).
    GETTING THERE: It’s a long-ish but very straightforward trip from Central. A taxi or uber will take cut your travel time in half and can also save you some walking because it can take you part of the way down Cape D'Aguilar Rd. You should pay under $200HKD. We found public transport easy although it took about an hour. We caught the MTR to Shau Kei Wan. Exit A3 brought us right up at the bus bay and the #9 bus went right to the start of the walk. The only tricky part is to double-check that your bus stops at Cape D’Aguilar. Not all do. Some #9 buses go straight through to Shek O so don't get on unless the sign specifically says “via Cape D’Aguilar”.
    Written April 15, 2021
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  • Calle K
    Hong Kong, China1,775 contributions
    We firstly anchored up outside the village and couldn’t figure out how to go here. Silly us! The only person on the island said also she didn’t know where this was. So we drove around and anchored again only to find out it’s just a short stroll from the village going north.
    It’s a beautiful view of Double haven/crooked harbour on one side and Yantian container port in China on the other.
    Even the 3 years old climbed up on the arch.
    Written March 8, 2021
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  • Shasha A
    Hong Kong, China203 contributions
    Locations : Sharp Island, Kiu tsui beach and Hap Mun bay beach
    Type of visit : one night camping/ Group

    As we had a long holiday for Lunar new year we decided to camp. So we choose somewhere easily accessible because I had two first time campers to take care of. We chose Sharp Island in Sai Kung for your purpose.
    We all met in Hang hau and took a taxi to Sai Kung pier. There are big shopping malls (Fusion/welcome) in Sai Kung you can buy whatever you want. And then we took tickets for sampan. Each ticket costed 50$ round ticket. There are different stalls outside the pier you can select according to your destination. It was a very short boat ride, like about 15mnts. And we got off at Kiu Tsui pier. My friend forgot her bag in the sampan and we contacted the boat stall in Sai Kung and they helped us to get it back.
    When we arrived, Kiu Tsui beach is already full with camp tents. We found a quite decent spot to settle down. There is nothing much to do. But if you o during summer or much fair weather conditions you can swim to 2 close by islands from Kiu tsui.i was planning on this, but the climate was not that perfect for a swim in the ocean.
    Kiu Tsui is famous for its geological value as it is believed to be a part of an old volcano which situated in Sai Kung 140million years ago. Rhyolite can be found in this area. (Rhyolite forms by volcanic eruption and lava flows) and the rock fossils gives the estimation of the time frame of these incidents. Kiu tsui is famous for Pineapple buns. Some huge rocks in Kiu tsui has the same appearance as Pineapple buns. Pineapple buns are a famous delicacy in Chinese culture. Make sure to check on the tidal chart before you go through the beautiful rocky tombola. Good spot for great pictures.
    We had a relaxed and chilled evening with some BBQ, chilled booz and good music. It was a most needed escape for almost everyone who works really hard. Everyone on the beach was enjoying. Singing, cooking, making new friends, so many happy moments to remember. Toilet facilities were available at the beach station but the water that comes from the taps are not good for drinking or washing faces. Water is salty. Make sure to bring your own water. Toilets are clean and can be used properly.
    We planned to do the Kiu Tsui country park hike next day before we come home. Second day we had our lunch and started the hike from the left end of the Kiu Tsui Beach. It was little challenging in beginning as we had out bagpacks and equipments and it was all steps going uphill. But after we passed Hak shan teng area, the trail was easy.
    I have no words to explain the views from on top the hill. We were speechless when we encounter such 360° view points.
    After like an hour (including breaks) we ended up at Hap Mun Bay. People were camping there as well but not in front of the beach. We thought the boats come to Hap Mun pier as well. But when we called to the stall they said the sampan is not coming to the pier and we have to book a speed boat. And we paid 20$ extra per person and hired a speedboat only for ourselves. It came to the pier in like 10mnts and that part of the journey is awesome.
    From Sai Kung bus stand we took 792M which goes up to Tiu Keng Leng.
    This hike is not hard. Only few areas are steep to climb and descend.
    It is a good spot to enjoy a evening picnic with your family or camping overnight.
    Written February 21, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This is one of two caves at the very beautiful but isolated Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve. The dark and narrow sea cave is like a giant fissure in the black rocks. At the end, a long gash in the cave opens up to the sea, letting the thunderous noise of the waves fill the cave chamber.
    It’s dark inside and the lighting makes it difficult to take a good photo. The large, smooth rocks underfoot can be slippery but the cave is very tall and you can walk in easily, without having to bend or stoop over.
    It’s easy to miss the Thunder Cave path. Once you are down at the marine reserve and you can see both the HK Uni Marine Science building and the whale skeleton up ahead, then look for a narrow set of stairs on your left. The other cave to see is Crab Cave and you will find that just past the whale skeleton.
    GETTING THERE: From Central, catch the MTR to Shau Kei Wan and take exit A3 for the bus bay. You are looking for the #9 bus which will take you right to the start of the walk. Before you get on the bus, check that the sign says “via Cape D’Aguilar” because some buses go direct to Shek O, by-passing Cape D’Aguilar. The walk down to the marine reserve is about 8km there and back.
    Written April 14, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,616 contributions
    We have enjoyed several very good days of hiking within the Tai Tam Country Park and Quarry Bay extension area this season. The park is known for its peaks, mountain hikes as well as the historic reservoirs and declared monument waterworks structures.

    Lesser known but rewarding hike and history experiences include the Wong Nai Gap (War Relics) Trail just north of the Wong Nai Gap Reservoir. Here you can see anti-aircraft batteries, pillboxes, bunker structures and ammunition magazines that played an important role in the WWII defence of Hong Kong Island during the Japanese invasion. The Jardine's Lookout, one of the most popular in HK Island is nearby and worth combining with a walk along the War Relics Trail.

    In addition there are some nice mountain and hillside hikes like the Sir Cecil's Ride Trail, you can also see a few of the old field kitchens to see the wartime stoves, another war era relic, as well as Mount Butler and Mount Parker where you will find other excellent viewpoints of the skylines and Victoria Harbour.

    Lots of ways to spend quality time in the outdoors around the Tai Tam Country Park. Trail lengths and challenge are varied, access into and out of the park is simple and straightforward and there is a nice variety of places to visit, history to enjoy learning about and plenty of good scenery.
    Written April 28, 2022
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