Tai Tam Country Trail lies in the western part of Tai
Tam Country Park. The trail is divided into two
sections: Violet Hill and Sir Cecil's Ride.
The Country Trail starts at the
main dam of Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. It climbs up
the 436m Violet Hill along a small path on the left
of the catchwater. This rugged ascent is rather challenging.
Hikers are advised to take several breaks along the
way. In return, the path gives splendid vistas of
Deep Water Bay and Lamma Island in the distance.
Beyond the northern slopes, the trail trends down,
feasting your eyes with dreamy landscapes of the
Tai Tam Reservoirs.
The Tai Tam Group
comprises of Tai Tam Reservoir, Tai Tam Intermediate
Reservoir and Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, which were completed
in 1889, 1907 and 1917 respectively. They made up
the main water source for the Island in Hong Kong's
early years. During the Second World War, vegetation
of the nearby hills was badly scathed. The evergreen
slopes we see today are attributable to dedicated
Across Tai Tam
Reservoir Road is another section of Tai Tam Country
Park. This section displays a lot of military facilities
of the Second World War. It is hard to imagine the
bloody battles which took place here all those years