Friday, April 24, 2015

High Island Reservoir hike sights (Photo-essay)

With a capacity of 280 million cubic meters, the High Island Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Hong Kong.  Arguably even more impressively, it's the first large scale reservoir in the world to have been created by by sealing off a coast with large dams!   In addition, it's a visually awesome sight.

Coupled with High Island (which, of course is no longer an actual island) being one of Hong Kong's more popular geological sites due to its being home to polygonal and hexagonic volcanic rock columns, this area seemed like one that would be worth hiking to -- even if the way to and out of it amounted totaled some 18 kilometers!  In any case, the High Island Reservoir -- in particular the area near its East Dam -- was where a friend and I decided to hike to, and then out, one spring afternoon that was pretty pleasant temperature wise... ;)

 A view that takes in the West Dam of High Island Reservoir

The artificial lake of the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre lies in 
the coffer dam area between High Island Reservoir and Sham Tak Mun

 High Island Reservoir was not at full capacity when we visited

from the mainland thousands of years ago 

Taken on its own, the East Dam of High Island Reservoir
is a pretty darn impressive sight!

The sheer scale and implied power associated with

 How much tectonic power was involved in creating 
this visually impressive geological phenomenon?

 The giant concrete Dolosse blocks used for the coffer dan
over at the East Dam are also visually impressive!


sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

Looks like a great hike. Interesting rocks, water and landscapes. I can't decide which scene I like best.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Those who don't like the majority of their walking to take place on tarmac would not consider it ideal, since much of the route was on paved roads. But I was happy enough since, as you pointed out, it's very scenic! :)

Bill said...


There is geological wonder expressed in these photos and text...The "dolosse" blocks may be shaped by man, but they fit in with the large scale natural formations which shrink human presence.

This post reinforces my opinion that nature is the best outdoor sculptor.


YTSL said...

Hi Bill --

From your comments re he "dolos" (singular; dolosse, plural) blocks, it'd seem that man can create interesting pieces along with nature... ;b