Hong Kong Trail (Section 3) Peel Rise to Wan Chai Gap
Hong Kong Trail
Street names in Hong Kong provide a window into the history of our city. One such example is Peel Rise, which was named after the 18th Governor of Hong Kong. Section 3 of the Hong Kong Trail starts here and begins with a brief ascent, but after pouring in the rainy season during the summer months you will be rewarded with the refreshing sight of a small cascade at a stream named Keung Fa Kan. Continue on to the level tree-shaded dirt path, you will be greeted with a variety of species of ferns and mosses along the trailside. Further into the woodland, you can catch a glimpse of the Aberdeen Upper Reservoir and the Aberdeen Lower Reservoir, which were completed in the 1930s. The Aberdeen Lower Reservoir, built in 1890, was once privately owned by Tai Shing Paper Manufacturing Company and later bought and expanded by the government to solve the problem of water shortages in the western part of Hong Kong Island. The granite-built dam, the valve house reminiscent of Renaissance architecture, and the arch bridge of the Aberdeen Upper Reservoir are declared monuments as well as popular photo spots among hikers.