Pineapple Dam Nature Trail
Hong Kong iconic food item pineapple bun contains no pineapples, but Pineapple Dam Nature Trail definitely has an intimate relationship with pineapples. Sitting next to Shing Mun Reservoir, the trail got its name from Pineapple Dam, which is called so by a Hakka Village because there were once many pineapple fields before the construction of the reservoir. To prevent soil erosion around the man-made dam, the area has gradually become Hong Kong’s main plantation area, with Brisbane Box, Sweet Gum, and Taiwan Acacia, etc. On the western coast, the ever-green Chinese Banyan with aerial roots dangling from the branches can be seen. Whichever season of the year, Pineapple Dam Nature Trail is a feast for the eyes – in spring, all is green; in early summer Hog Plum appears with purplish-red flowers; in midsummer blossoms of Desmos turn from green to white, giving off a pleasant scent; after rain Paper-bark Tree on the opposite shore submerged in water can be seen; in autumn the pavilion offers views of Sweet Gum; in winter flocks of migrating birds can be spotted. There are macaques along the trail; but remember not to feed or terrify them. Keeping peace with them is the first step in living in perfect harmony with nature.