Since Nov 2012
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The Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail is a 5km (just over 3 miles) trail that meanders through Tai Tam Country Park, the largest country park on Hong Kong Island. Its name ("Tai Tam" translates as "big pools") celebrates not only the park's four reservoirs, but also the 21 historic waterworks that were named protected monuments in 2009, just before the trail opened. The dams, bridges, aqueducts, and valve houses are not only beautiful but impressive evidence of 19th-century engineering feats. They blend harmoniously with the mountains, water, and lush greenery to create a special, stunning haven right in the heart of the busy city.
Known as the “Back Garden” of Hong Kong, Sai Kung East Country Park is one of the city's must-go places, and High Island Reservoir is one of the top attractions within it. Built in the 1970s, High Island is Hong Kong's youngest and largest reservoir. In 2009, the area became part of the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China thanks to its unique geological features. Millions of years ago - while lava, rock debris, and volcanic ash were cooling and contracting here - a violent crustal movement occurred suddenly, creating twists and folds in the rock which resulted in a series of undulating columns. Many say these resemble a sort of rock waterfall.
Hong Kong consists of 263 islands - the most popular among them being Lamma Island and Cheung Chau. Comparably less developed and lesser known, Tap Mun is a tiny outlying island - nicknamed "Grass Island" by the locals for its lush green hills. Here cattle graze, day-trippers fly kites, and campers set up their tents on beautiful hilltop campsites. Formerly a bustling fishing community, today the island is home to fewer than 100 residents. A few temples and shrines dot the island, and there are a handful of tiny shops selling everything from dried fish to kites.
Concealed - and lesser known than Sai Kung's famous Silverstrand Beach, Tai Long Bay, and Clear Water Bay - Hoi Ha Wan (translated as "Bay Beneath the Sea") is a protected Marine Park, home to 60 types of hard coral and 120 species of coral fish. It's great for snorkeling and said to be one of Hong Kong's best kayaking spots.
Thanks to a sub-tropical monsoon climate, one of the world’s most important natural habitats – the wetland - flourishes in Hong Kong. While there are many wetlands around, one of my favorites is Luk Keng. Here, the lush mangroves are reflected seamlessly in the placid lake, lush mountains surround you, and the occasional egret stands in quiet contemplation. Everyone knows that Hong Kong is separated from mainland China by just a river, and in Luk Keng you can really feel how close that boundary is, with the concrete jungle of Shen Zhen standing silently on the other side of the peaceful lake. Personally, I really like this contradicting picture; it makes me feel quite philosophical.
Tai Tung Shan is the third highest peak in Hong Kong, standing at a height of 869 metres (2,851 ft). It is also called "Sunset Peak" because it is one of the best locations to watch sunset (or sunrise) in the area. Some very keen amateur photographers will even camp out here to capture the best shots of a clear starry night or sea of clouds below.
Completed in 2010, Hong Kong's newest waterfront promenade stretches 3km along the shores of Sha Tin Hoi and Tolo Harbor, and features both a jogging track and a bike path. Start your walk at the Ma On Shan Barbecue Area, on bike or on foot, and imagine the life of a miner as you pass through Ma On Shan village - an old miners' settlement - before gazing down the cliffs at Sharp Peak, to admire High Island Reservoir, Kau Sai Chau and Pak Sha Wan marina spread out below.