Mount Parker and the Tai Tam Reservoir

This weekend I had my first hike on Hong Kong Island. A rather ad-hoc route, the original idea was to walk from Quarry Bay on the north side all the way to Stanley village in the south – but this was clearly too ambitious! Plus, a couple of wrong turns didn’t help… really need to invest in a couple of good trail maps. However, all was not lost – as we still ended up scaling the island’s second highest peak, Mount Parker, and a nice walk to the Tai Tam reservoir. Actually, ‘scaling’ is too extreme – it’s more of an uphill walk as most of the route is asphalt paved.

The route as tracked by Runkeeper.

The route as tracked by Runkeeper.

Mount Parker tops at 532m and at the peak, there are two radio transmitters that I first mistook for weather stations. The view was pretty nice, though somewhat hazy. I ended up on this trail (Mt. Parker Road) not realizing it was a dead-end up to the top, but still worth the walk. No wonder there was hardly anyone on the route on an otherwise busy Saturday. So up the mountain, and then back track all the way down again…

Further down you then join Section 6 of the Hong Kong Trail, which leads to the Tai Tam Reservoir, the first of several freshwater reservoirs on the center of the island. Very nice and peaceful here. There is an unnamed trail that follows what looks to be a water run-off channel, which eventually connects to Section 1 of the Wilson Trail (and eventually Stanley) further south. That will have to be for another day – it certainly looks interesting, though.

All in all this somewhat random hike still ended up being a 4-hour walk over 12km. Good fresh air, too! Although the hike to Stanley will happen one day.

Pictures were taken with the XPro-1 fitted with a 24mm f2.8 Canon FD manual lens.

On King's Road, Quarry Bay. Now this is old Hong Kong!

The starting point on King’s Road, Quarry Bay. Now this is old Hong Kong!

Old commercial building still in use.

Old apartment building.

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Close to the trail head, by the link bridge. The glass behemoth is the One Island East skyscraper.

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On Mt. Parker Road, witness the urban density that is Tai Koo city.

Tai Koo city. The blue obelisk is One Island East.

Tai Koo city. The blue obelisk is One Island East.

This is a popular trail with the locals.

This is a popular trail with the locals.

About half way up the mountain. You can see the radio transmitters at the top.

About half way up the mountain. You can see the radio transmitters at the top.

Large radio transmitter on Mount Parker.

Large radio transmitter on Mount Parker.

The small radio transmitter at Mount Parker peak.

The small radio transmitter at Mount Parker peak.

Looking south from Mount Parker towards Tai Tam bay.

Looking south from Mount Parker towards Tai Tam bay.

Walking to towards Tai Tam Reservoir.

Walking to towards Tai Tam Reservoir.

Rare blue sky!

Rare blue sky!

Lots of butterflies on the trail today.

Lots of butterflies on the trail today.

Tai Tam Reservoir

Tai Tam Reservoir. Follow that trail all the way to Stanley!

 

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