Hong Kong Trail (Section 2)Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road to Peel Rise
Hong Kong Trail
The second leg of the Hong Kong Trail starts at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, the first reservoir in Hong Kong, which was completed in 1863 and extended in 1877 to meet the needs of the residents on Hong Kong Island. With abundant water resources, as well as secondary forests in the catchment area and streams, it is home to a good many forest birds and insects, such as the pale thrush, the black-crowned night heron, and the Hainan blue flycatcher, filling the trail section with vibrancy and vitality especially in spring and summer. Besides a vehicular road and a path, there is a trail ride, with pavilions and long benches in the vicinity as rest stops. At the far end of the trail ride is a viewing platform that commands the view of Aberdeen and Lamma Island. Towards the end of Section 2, the trail descends to Tin Wan, where the trail and skyscrapers are in close proximity to each other. This is a distinctive characteristic of Hong Kong’s countryside – the country is just a stone’s throw away from the city. At the finishing point, you will hear the stream gurgling down Keung Fa Kan, where the short-legged toad – an endangered species native to Hong Kong – was found.