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Tai Long Wan, Long Ke Wan, High Island Reservior and the unique hexagonal columns formed from volcanic rocks - all charming views are offered from the hike.

Long Ke Wan | Sai Wan Shan | High Island Reservoir East Dam - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Long Ke Wan
Distance: 7.0 Km
Duration: 3.0 hours
Diff.:

3.0

Scn.:

5.0

Start: Village Bus 29R, Get on at Chan Man St. in Sai Kung Town

End: Taxi (could be called at the east dam to Sai Kai Town)

Other than Long Ke, there is few shade trees along the trail. Sufficient preparation is recommented in the summer.

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Sai Wan Pavillion

From the Sai Wan Pavilion, join the trail with a smooth concrete path to Sai Wan by the information board. Along the hillside, it gives a broad view over High Island Reservoir. Ascending slowly to Chui Tung Au, take an uphill path (MacLehose Trail Section 2) in the right at the junction.

Entry of the path

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High Island Reservoir in the summer view

High Island Reservoir in the summer view

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Sai Wan Shan

The unpaved path heads steeply uphill with few shade trees at the initial section. Up ahead, you could overlook the coasts of Sai Wan and Tung Wan Shan in the distance on the left. The trail winds a ridge, and then follows the contours up to the hilltop of Sai Wan Shan. It offers a sublime panorama over Tai Long Wan with the four beaches and Sharp Peak as background from the lookout pavilion near the crest. On the other side, a greenish light blue surface is revealed on High Island Reservoir under the sunshine.

Distant view on picturesque Sai Wan

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After taking a rest at the pavilion of the hilltop, continue to follow the trail downhill. It becomes steep but you could overlook a spendid view of Long Ke Wan during the descent. In addition, Tai Yue Ngam Ten to the east, one of the sharpest peak in Sai Kung, and Tsang Pang Kok, a long headland jutting out into the sea, are also within sight. Afterward, the trail leads down with to a pavilion atop a knoll(ness). From the pavilion, walk forward a bit along the ridge towards the sea, Long Ke Tsai, a small beach beside Tsang Pang Kok can be taken a peep on your left. Looking far to the right, Long Ka like a girl nestles up to the grand hill of Tuk Ngu Shan.

Related route:Tai Yue Ngam Teng

Tai Yue Ngam Teng

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Long Ke Wan

Back to the trail, it winds through a flight of steps downhill. Approaching to Long Ke, there are some tadpoles in a brook with a translucent waterway beside the trail. Walking to the beach, white sands and aquamarine waters under the blue sky feasts your eyes. Distinct sea caves along the indented coastline also come into view on the left, it therefore is one of the spectacular natural landscapes in Hong Kong. There is a camping site beside the beach. Continuing on along the MacLehose Trail, a flight of steps paved with concrete leads you up to the hillside, then skirts along it. You could look back to Long Ke and Tsang Pang Kok in another viewpoint at the pavilion in a col.

Descend MacLehose Trail

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Long Ke Wan

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Clear water in aquamarine

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High Island Reservoir East Dam

Crossing the lap of hill, High Island Reservoir appears and the volcanic rocks formed the hexagonal columns could be seen on the left. Afterward, the trail runs to the pavilion at the dam. Looking to the east, it gives a unique stunning view over Po Pin Chau just off the dam toward the sea, which is a cape seemed to be cleaved as matching its grain. To observe more rocks and their composition and structure on a larger scale, from the pavilion, you could also take the road on the left down to the sub-dam by the seaside.

Continue on along the road through the east dam, it still follows the concrete road. After several kilometers walk, it comes to the west dam. Still head the trail until the roundabout at the entry of High Island Reservoir, then follow the road on the left at the junction. It slowly descends to the next junction then turns right along Pak Tam Road. Not far ahead, it leads to the bus stop of Tsak Yue Wu.

Exit: You could go to Sai Kung by calling for a taxi.

Related trail: Po Pin Chau

Peculiar texture

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The main dam and the secondary dam

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Summary

Sai Kung Country Park is said to be the back garden of Hong Kong, where has the green mountains and the jade waters from the nature. Among them, Long Ka seems to be a pearl like a blooming white rose hidden in a patch of field of your heart. When you reach such place in your life, what more do you ask for?

Text : Horace

Establish : 28.01.2015 / Last Update : 31.07.2017

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