High Island Reservoir
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High Island Reservoir, which is Hong Kong’s largest water capacity reservoir, is located in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. It is divided as the main dam and east dam. The nearest coast is Po Pin Chau. In the 70s, the government built the reservoir, during which several rock sections were excavated near the east dam to reveal geological phenomenon including the unique hexagonal basalt columns and the S-curved rock pillar.
Main dam is also known as the west dam. Due to its long distances from the urban area, the light pollution is less severe. The nearby astro-park is suitable for stargazing, enriching your astronomical geography and enjoying the natural wonders.
Attractive View, Enjoyable Play
For those who are interested in geology, have a look at the leaflet that introduces the hexagonal basalt columns or make a visit to High Island. Otherwise, you can visit the Volcano Discovery Centre at the Hong Kong World Geopark near Sai Kung bus terminal. The displayed rock pillar models and specimens are an ideal starting point for your tour.
For hiking enthusiasts, you can go from the East Dam, through Long Ke Wan to the Sai Wan Pavilion, which is a 9km hike that takes around 2 hours. Remember to leave some extra time for nature: you don’t want to miss the beautiful beach of Hong Kong – clear and sandy Long Ke Wan can provide you a chill and relaxing weekend.
East Dam of High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung
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9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
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Method A – Taxi: Take a taxi from Sai Kung town centre or Pak Tam Chung to the geo-trail at the East Dam, High Island Reservoir (Sai Kung to East Dam: $100; Pak Tam Chung to East Dam: ~$60)
Method B – Bus: Take bus no. 94 departing from Sai Kung town centre and get off just after Pak Tam Chung. Walk along Tai Mong Tsai Road to the junction ahead. Turn right on Sai Kung Man Yee Road and walk about 9 km to reach High Island Geo Trail
Method C – Bus: Take bus no. 96R departing from Diamond Hill MTR station (weekends and public holidays only) and get off just after Pak Tam Chung. Walk along Tai Mong Tsai Road to the junction ahead. Turn right on Sai Kung Man Yee Road and walk about 9 km then you will reach the High Island Geo Trail
Sai Kung Man Yee Road is a restricted road. Only taxis are allowed to enter
Because this is an outdoor suburb, visitors need to pay special attention to physical fitness, and it is recommended to bring more water and sunscreen lotion
If you want to watch the stars at night, please walk carefully. And as far as possible to keep quiet, do not light your flashlights, and do not harass others
Taxis are available to call from the East Dam and the Sai Wan Pavilion