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Shing Mun (Jubilee) Reservoir lies in the valley between Tai Mo Shan and Needle Hill. By skirting it, the famous paperbrek trees in water could be seen in high water level.

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Shing Mun Reservoir 2
Distance: 9.0 Km
Duration: 3.0 hours
Diff.:

2.0

Scn.:

3.5

Start: Minibus 82, from Tsuen Wan (Shiu Wo Street) to Pineapple Dam of Shing Mun Reservoir

End: Minibus 82, from Shing Mun Reservior to Tsuen Wan

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Main dam of Shing Mun Reservoir

The trail starts by following Shing Mun Road to the left that Pineapple Dam behind the minibus station is at your rear. Head the road to another dam, it offers a spendid landscape over the reservoir with the greenish waters and Needle Hill in the background. Passing through the large barbecue site on the right and then going ahead not far, it comes to the main dam. At that time, Tai Mo Shan is towering at the northwest. Gazing to another side, the hill of Lion Rock could be seen in the distance.

Follow Shing Mun Road

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Blue sky and green water

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Wilson Trail Section 7

Passing through the main dam, it follows Wilson Trail on the left at the junction (right to join MacLehose Trail to climb Needle Hill). Head the trail, it soon joins the wooded muddy path skirting the reservoir. Sometimes, it crosses the gurgling brooks. Moreover, you could also see some active monkeys climbing in trees. Afterward, continue on along the trail ahead. Overlooking the opposite shore, it offers a majestic view on the paperbark trees, which are the genus of melaleuca. In the summer, as the level of water rises, their roots are submerged, and therefore fashions a peculiar picture with the reflecting inverted images that the trees seem to grow from the water. They also show their strong adaptability and vitality in nature. Afterward, the trail is gently up, then joins the concrete road of Shing Mun Forest Track.

Left to Wilson Trail

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The paperbrek trees on the shore

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The green waters in the background of Needle Hill

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Shing Mun Forest Track

Along the road to the left, it slowly descends to the lawn with the pavilion. Follow the steps down on the left, it leads to the shore of the inlet. From there, you could see a large group of paperberk trees along the shore. In the gloomy atmosphere, with the real rough texture of the tree trunks and the virtual inverted images in water, it fashions a illusory, decadent but charming screen in nature. Afterward, continue on along the road. Heading to the junction, take the left fork for the way to Tsuen Wan (right to Tai Po via Lead Mine Pass). Passing through the bridge crossing Tai Shing Stream, still go ahead. Follow the road, it then comes to the junction of the downward steps on the left, where is the entrance of Pineapple Nature Trail. Head the trail by descending the flight of steps, it winds and skirts the reservoir along the muddy sylvan path. After crossing the catchwater and passing Shing Mun Country Park Visitor Centre, it finally leads down to the minibus station at Shing Mun Road.

The grassland

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The illusory and spectacular scenery

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Like in a rainforest

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Summary

The rapid flow of waters from Tai Shing Stream turbulently tumbles over cascades between rocks downward, strongly splashes out the spray and ultimately becomes the peaceful water in the reservoir. From the hustle and bustle city, having a leisure walk by skirting Shing Mun Reservoir, and being nested in the nature, it is relaxing, pleasant and peaceful like the tranquil jade water.

Text : Horace

Update : 21.04.2016

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