Literally ‘yellowish muddy creek’, Wong Nai Chung was dammed in 1899 to form Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. Have fun spotting kois, catfishes and tortoises. The nearby Wong Nai Chung Gap was a strategic defensive position during World War II. On 18 December 1941, Japanese troops began advancing up the hills from the north shore to capture the gap after some of the fiercest fighting of the invasion.
Built between 1883 and 1917, the Tai Tam Reservoirs were vital to the city’s urban development. Steady freshwater supply enabled industrial development to flourish. The area was so strategic that it became a battleground during World War II. Today, you can still find remnants of the war, such as pillboxes, bunkers and wartime communal stoves hiding in tranquil woodland.
Enjoy the shade as you pass by Hong Kong Parkview onto the paved path towards the reservoirs of Tai Tam. On any clear day, you’ll see perfect reflections of the hills and bridges on the glassy water surface.
To cater to the ever-increasing demand for water, towards the end of the 19th century, parts of the rugged valley of Tai Tam were dammed. The improved water supply made way for urbanisation to be extended from ‘Victoria City’ to the eastern side of Hong Kong Island.
From the end of the walk, continue on Mount Parker Road Green Trail for 15 minutes, until an exquisite red brick house comes into sight. Formerly the residence of Taikoo Sugar Refinery, which at one time was the world’s largest single unit refinery, this quaint mansion built in the 1920s was used briefly for refugees during World War II. Now, it showcases the biodiversity and conservation efforts in Hong Kong through interactive galleries.
As you finish the hike and head to MTR Quarry Bay Station, you’ll come across Tong Chong Street — literally ‘Sugar Refinery Street’ in Chinese. Glass-windowed skyscrapers have now replaced factory buildings, and cafés and pubs line both sides of the street instead of piles of sugar cane.
Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.
- Southern and Eastern Districts
- Starting point:
- Wong Nai Chung Reservoir
- End point:
- Tong Chong Street
- Average hiking time:
- About 3 hours
- Approximately 8 km
- Replenishing stations:
- There is a supermarket at Hong Kong Parkview. Fuel up at cafés and restaurants on Tong Chong Street or King’s Road after the hike.
Level and mostly shaded paths with some uphill sections
From MTR Hong Kong Station Exit A, take bus 6 or 66 or from the Exchange Square bus terminus to Wong Nai Chung Gap Road.
From the end point:
Head to your next destination from MTR Quarry Bay Station.