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A Hike Around Some of the Kowloon Reservoirs.

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Pale Blue Waters of Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Pale Blue Waters of Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

The weather has been very unsettled this week. There was a red rain storm with thunder and lightning that went on for hours on Sunday. Monday was pitch black and pouring with rain. Tuesday actually had sunshine, but Wednesday was cold and windy. Today, Thursday, the weather was dull and looked like it may rain. We had swum the day before and eaten out with our friend, Bonnie, so Peter wanted a restful day. I decided to leave him in peace and go for a hike around some of the Kowloon Reservoirs by myself.

The Kowloon Reservoirs are all located within Kam Shan Country Park. They include: Kowloon Reservoir, Kowloon Byewash Reservoir, Kowloon Reception Reservoir and Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Sign posts for Kam Shan Country Park.

Sign posts for Kam Shan Country Park.

Map of Kam Shan Country Park.

Map of Kam Shan Country Park.

They were all built to meet the increasing water requirements of a growing population in Kowloon. Before they were built, people had to rely on water from wells. The oldest of the reservoirs is Kowloon Reservoir, which was built between 1907 and 1910. Then, as Kowloon's population continued to grow, Shek Lei Pui Reservoir was completed in 1925. Shortly afterwards in 1926 the Kowloon Reception Reservoir was finished. The last one to be built was the Kowloon Byewash Reservoir which dates from 1931.

To get to the reservoirs I went to Sham Shui Po and headed to the bus stop on the opposite side of the road from Mei Ho House. My options were bus number 72 or 81. An 81 arrived almost as soon as I got there, so I got on that.

I passed by Garden Bakery in Sham Shui Po.

I passed by Garden Bakery in Sham Shui Po.

Although my walk was around some of the Kowloon Reservoirs, I should have alighted at the Shek Lei Pui Reservoir stop, rather than the Kowloon Reservoir stop which is one stop further on. I didn't realize this and had to walk back from the wrong stop. The only positive about this was I got quite a nice view of the Kowloon Reservoir at one point.

Kowloon Reservoir from the road.

Kowloon Reservoir from the road.

Kowloon Reservoir from the road.

Kowloon Reservoir from the road.

When I got to the correct starting point for the hike, I went down Golden Hill Road. I noticed that the overpass on Tai Po Road was absolutely covered with monkeys. I was relieved that I was on the correct side of the road and did not need to use it. I walked down a slope to a bridge and then to the Kowloon Reservoir Dam. There were monkeys here, too.

Monkey surveying it's kingdom in front of the bridge before Kowloon Reservoir Dam.

Monkey surveying it's kingdom in front of the bridge before Kowloon Reservoir Dam.

Bridge before Kowloon Reservoir.

Bridge before Kowloon Reservoir.

Monkeys on the fence as I walked down towards the bridge.

Monkeys on the fence as I walked down towards the bridge.

The road on top of Kowloon Reservoir Dam is very narrow and I was happily enjoying the view and taking photos when a car decided to come across. There was no room for it to pass me, so it had to crawl along behind me until I was able to step into the doorway of the valve house to let it pass. I was just thinking how rare it must be for cars to cross here when another one arrived, forcing me to rush straight to the end of the dam to let it pass. This wasn't a very relaxing start to the walk.

Standing on top of Kowloon Reservoir Dam.

Standing on top of Kowloon Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Reservoir with its curvy dam.

Kowloon Reservoir with its curvy dam.

Selfie on Kowloon Reservoir Dam taken in between being harassed by cars.

Selfie on Kowloon Reservoir Dam taken in between being harassed by cars.

View of Kowloon Reservoir from the dam.

View of Kowloon Reservoir from the dam.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir from Kowloon Dam.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir from Kowloon Dam.

Monkey on the dam.

Monkey on the dam.

Monkey on the dam.

Monkey on the dam.

Once I had crossed the reservoir, I saw lots of monkeys everywhere. This area is home to huge numbers of macaques. These ones didn't seem to be too aggressive, but if you have got food with you they will try to steal it off you. They can be tricky little rascals. I am happy to photograph them using a zoom lens but I would never go too close to them.

Monkey on the slopes.

Monkey on the slopes.

Monkey on the slopes.

Monkey on the slopes.

I continued along Golden Hill Road for a minute or two past a picnic site with a macaque sculpture before I saw a sign post and stairs going up the side of the hill. The stairs led to Shek Lei Pui Reservoir where I wanted to go. There weren't too many stairs to climb thankfully, because although it isn't that hot yet, it is very humid. At the end of the steps there was a bit of a slope and then a catchwater.

Macaques sculpture at picnic site.

Macaques sculpture at picnic site.

Signpost for Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Signpost for Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Stairs up to Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Stairs up to Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Catchwater towards Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Catchwater towards Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Catchwater towards Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Catchwater towards Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

I noticed lots of lovely rock roses growing here. They were really beautiful. Their bright colours really cheered up the walk.

Rock roses in different shades of pink.

Rock roses in different shades of pink.

Rock roses in different shades of pink.

Rock roses in different shades of pink.

White rock roses.

White rock roses.

Pink and white rock roses.

Pink and white rock roses.

Pink rock roses.

Pink rock roses.

White rock roses.

White rock roses.

Eventually the path split into two: with one side continuing straight ahead and a path off to the right which crossed the catchwater. I took the path to the right to get to the start of the Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail. Before starting on the trail I had a quick look at the valve house and the views from next to it. I then headed around the reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Valve House.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Valve House.

Start of Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Start of Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Jogging Trail.

This is a pleasant walk. It is all flat. Every now and then there's a view through the trees to the reservoir or a way you can step down to the water.

Path.

Path.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

A View Across Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

A View Across Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Looking back at Shek Lei Pui Reservoir small dam and valve house.

Looking back at Shek Lei Pui Reservoir small dam and valve house.

Looking back at Shek Lei Pui Reservoir small dam and valve house.

Looking back at Shek Lei Pui Reservoir small dam and valve house.

The path passes a few streams. One in particular is very pretty because it has a waterfall flowing down into a little pool.

Waterfall and pool.

Waterfall and pool.

Waterfall and pool.

Waterfall and pool.

Selfie at Waterfall and pool.

Selfie at Waterfall and pool.

Stream feeding into Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Stream feeding into Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Stream feeding into Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

Stream feeding into Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.

There was a lady singing very loudly by the water. I could hear her from everywhere. I don't know if she was just happy or if she was practicing for something.

Near the end of the reservoir, I came to a blue fence. I walked along next to it and ended up at the reservoir dam. I could see that my walk followed the sign for Kowloon Reception Reservoir rather than crossing the dam, but I stepped onto the dam anyway to see the views. If I looked to my left I had a view across the lovely turquoise waters of the reservoir to the hills in the background. All around there were trees, shrubs and flowers. If I looked to my left I could see high-rise blocks and urban development. The contrast was quite amazing, though it wasn't the best day for city views as it was very cloudy and unclear.

Looking towards Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Main Dam.

Looking towards Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Main Dam.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Main Dam.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir Main Dam.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir on top of the main dam.

Shek Lei Pui Reservoir on top of the main dam.

View over Kowloon and towards Hong Kong Island.

View over Kowloon and towards Hong Kong Island.

I retraced my steps and then headed down lots of steps to Kowloon Reception Reservoir. Again I went to the right when I got to the bottom of the steps, so that I could wander around the jogging trail. It was very peaceful here and shaded. Every now and again I got a clear view of the reservoir. I noticed some people were camping at the edge of the reservoir.

Stairs down to Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Stairs down to Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Path.

Path.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Selfie at Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

Selfie at Kowloon Reception Reservoir.

At one point I came to quite a pretty bridge that crossed a stream feeding into the reservoir.

Bridge on Kowloon Reception Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Bridge on Kowloon Reception Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Bridge on Kowloon Reception Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Bridge on Kowloon Reception Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Stream flowing towards the bridge on Kowloon Reception Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Stream flowing towards the bridge on Kowloon Reception Reservoir Jogging Trail.

Pond on the other side of the bridge.

Pond on the other side of the bridge.

I continued along the edges of the reservoir before crossing over a stream at the end of it. There were some ghostly looking trees growing in the water here. I thought they were very pretty.

Trees in the water.

Trees in the water.

Trees in the water.

Trees in the water.

There were some pretty flowers here and some bright orange fungus growing on a fallen log.

Yellow and white flowers, commonly known as Buddha's Lamp..

Yellow and white flowers, commonly known as Buddha's Lamp..

Yellow and white flowers.

Yellow and white flowers.

Jasmine.

Jasmine.

Fungus.

Fungus.

Fungus.

Fungus.

Eventually I reached Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam. I crossed over it towards the reservoir valve house. There were some steps leading down into the water and a measuring device to check the water level. Despite the recent rain, I would imagine water levels are a bit low. It tends to be summer when it rains a lot here.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam.

Measuring device next to Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam.

Measuring device next to Kowloon Reception Reservoir Dam.

Soon I came to a wire fence. I followed the road next to it down the way until I reached Cheung Yuen Road. Once on the road I headed left. I was heading towards Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam. Before going across the dam, I climbed up to a pavilion for a view. This was a good spot to photograph the Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.There was a large picnic area next to the pavilion.

Pavilion.

Pavilion.

Picnic sites.

Picnic sites.

Picnic Site.

Picnic Site.

Looking down on Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Looking down on Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Looking down on Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Looking down on Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

View of Kowloon Reservoir Dam from the pavilion.

View of Kowloon Reservoir Dam from the pavilion.

There were some lovely purple flowers in this area. I spent some time photographing them.

Golden Dewdrops.

Golden Dewdrops.

Golden Dewdrops.

Golden Dewdrops.

Golden Dewdrops with insect.

Golden Dewdrops with insect.

I walked to the Byewash Reservoir Dam and wandered across it. There were no cars to disturb me here.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Valve House.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Valve House.

Looking down from Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

Looking down from Kowloon Byewash Reservoir Dam.

When I reached Tai Po Road, I was happy to see there were toilets and vending machines. I also saw a sculpture of a macaque.

Macaque Sculpture.

Macaque Sculpture.

I knew I had to cross the road, but the footbridge was covered with monkeys. I started up the slope to the top of the bridge, but it was narrow and I realized I would have to go much closer to the monkeys than I wanted to be. I couldn't do it. I don't mind the monkeys from a distance, but I'm way too scared of them to go close to them. I saw it was possible to cross the road at a little traffic island, so I did that instead, very carefully because the traffic flies by at top speed here.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

Monkeys on the foot bridge.

I saw a monkey cross the road, too. I wonder how many get hit by cars or if most of them have some kind of road sense.

This monkey successfully managed to cross the road.

This monkey successfully managed to cross the road.

Once I crossed the road I was at the Lion Rock Country Park. There are lots of walks from this area. I'll have to come back and do one or two. From this side I watched a man fearlessly run across the monkey covered overpass. The monkeys just totally ignored him.

Sign for Lion Rock Country Park.

Sign for Lion Rock Country Park.

I caught the 81 bus and got off in Sham Shui Po again before doing some quick shopping and going home.

Posted by irenevt 07:42 Archived in Hong Kong

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Your reservoirs seem to be very low except for the Kowloon Reception Reservoir. Have you had a drought or is it seasonal. We've had a long drought and this winter our reservoirs finally filled up again. It's scary when you run out of water.

Loved the roses.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, most of the rain here takes place in the summer months, so rainy season is on its way, but I think we didn't get as much rain as expected last year, so both these factors will contribute to lower reservoir levels.

by irenevt

Gorgeous flowers and the reservoirs do look turquoise. The contrast of tranquility of the reservoirs to the bustling Kowloon is incredible. Well done running the gauntlet of macaques! Xx

by Catherine

Haha. I like the expression running a gauntlet of macaques. It describes then well.

by irenevt

Beautiful walk :)

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, yes it was very enjoyable. Another week of rain here now.

by irenevt

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