As we continue to live under COVID restrictions here in Hong Kong, our usual travels are unthinkable and impossible to plan. Instead, we’ve been focused on using every weekend we have available to explore Hong Kong’s many natural wonders. Over the past few weeks, we explored Sharp Peak and MacLehose Trail Stages 4 and 5.
For this post, we will go visit the Unesco Global Geopark near the High Island Reservoir. The Geopark is made up of stunning rock formations that came from volcanic activity. You can read about how these amazing rock formations came to be at the Geopark’s website. There are a number of different approaches you can take to reach this spot. You can go along the MacLehose Trail Stage 1, or you can take a taxi straight to the reservoir.
We chose to go straight to the reservoir because we wanted to hike up to a specific spot that has the best view of the rock formations. This hike is pretty challenging and quite dangerous. Indeed, the weekend before we went, a 42 year old hiker lost her life after losing her footing on the steep hillside. If you decide to hike up the mountain and take the same image we did, please know that there are absolutely no safety measures in place and the location where we setup the tripods is at the cliff’s edge where any mistakes will be fatal. The wind up there certainly didn’t help!
To be frank, I took a few images until I got one that was close enough and then retreated back to the stable ground far away from the cliff’s edge. The height, wind, and clear visibility of the potential drop were giving me butterflies in my stomach. My dog is much braver than I, but having her there didn’t help with the anxiety. I hope that you enjoy these images of this beautiful place; it’s again hard to believe that this scenery is only an hour and a half away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.