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Dog-friendly hike: Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Tai Tam or Stanley | hellodog

Dog-friendly hike: Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Tai Tam or Stanley

Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated time: (Option 1): 3.5 hours | (Option 2): 2.5 hours
Parking: No
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Hong Kong Island: Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park > Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path > (Option 1) The Twins Peak where the end of this trail is near Stanley, or (Option 2) Tai Tam Reservoir.

Starting point: Get off at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park. It locates an artificial lake for leisure paddle boating, operated by the Leisure and Cultural Service Department of the HK Government. Get on the path on a dam (built in 1899, a declared monument) along the artificial lake.

Shortly after, keep on to “Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path” and you will see a sign pointing to “Tsin Shui Wan Au”. 

Catching a view of afternoon sunlight radiating on the land is somehow soothing.

You will find yourself immersed in lush greenery.

The path opens up to spectacular view along hillside as it becomes more narrow and rocky.

The panoramic view of Repulse Bay and farther islands unfolds.

As you advance for an hour or so, you will see this direction sign at a junction. Take “Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir” path.

Walking down further…

…the sight of a bridge presents two routes to choose from, depending on your preference.

(Option 1) The Twins Peak to Stanley: If you prefer conquering a steep stairs climb and taking in great views at the summit, take “Stanley Gap Road” path leading you up and down onto two hills for a good workout of 1.5 hours or more.

The hike is not too difficult nor easy, I must warm you, and recommend it to those who don’t mind stairs. Amazing views make it rewarding.

Tai Tam (option 2): If you prefer water over height, then taking “Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir” route promises the natural sound of gentle running streams and at times birds twittering.

Overlooking Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir.

You will be led to Tai Tam Country Park where barbecue sites are available, turn right to “Tai Tam Road” if you are ready to go.

If not, hanging around in this park can easily be a full-day activity.

It provides plenty of room for your dog to run free.

The hike is quite mesmerising, ending with a final look of crystal clear glassy reservoir.

Related article: the rare hidden gem at the Peak Related article: the ruins of military site in the old Hong Kong

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