Monday, September 1, 2008

Sai Kung East Country Park hike (photo-essay)

A few months back, when the weather was considerably cooler and more pleasant, I went hiking with a friend in Sai Kung East Country Park. On the day in question, the Sheung Yiu Country Trail -- which promised to end at beautiful High Island Reservoir -- was what we wanted to walk on. but to get to the start of that trail, we first had to go on the short but interesting Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail and had the option, which we took, of returning to a road where buses run along part of the Stage 1 of the Maclehose Trail.

Complicated sounding, right? The experience though was actually pretty pleasant and not at all difficult -- and, as I think you'll agree post checking out the following photos, the views that we were treated to, especially of the High Island Reservoir, definitely made the hike worthwhile! :)

An indicator of how very dry it was then

With a couple of old (disused) lime kilns -- and also
the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum -- along the way,
the educational Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail
boasts cultural heritage components as well

Not the folk museum but, instead, more examples
of abandoned dwellings that I'm no longer surprised
to see while out hiking in the New Territories

A scenic view that we were treated to early on during
the Sheung Yiu Country Trail portion of our hike

View of a section of the Sheung Yiu Country Trail

What's over on the other side of this massive wall?
(Alternatively: what's this wall part of?)

The answer: Why, High Island Reservoir, of course!

Another view of the breathtakingly beautiful reservoir
(and go here for two more lovely views)


sarah bailey knight said...


Looks like another great hike in Hong Kong. I'm fascinated by the abandoned buildings you find on some of your hikes.

A. said...

Another series of great shots. I hadn't spotted just how massive that reservoir was was until I enlarged the picture - amazing!

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

This was a hike that really was to my liking: lengthy but not too difficult (read no really steep ascents or descents) and with great scenery along much of the way. And yes, the material culture observed along the way can be interesting along with the flora and fauna. :)

Hi a. --

Thanks and glad you took the opportunity to enlarge at least one of the pictures. Must admit that one reason why I like doing these hiking photo essays is to allow myself to more easily see enlarged versions of these photos. :)