The Plover Cove Reservoir was built within Hong Kong Geopark in 1968 by constructing a barrier across the mouth of a bay and siphoning out seawater while replacing it with freshwater from the mainland. It’s the largest reservoir in Hong Kong by area and the first in the world to be made from part of the ocean.
Today, Hong Kong residents and visitors alike head to the area surrounding the reservoir for hiking and mountain biking in one of the city’s least populated areas, far from the concrete jungle of central Hong Kong. Various paths are suitable for different ability levels, and nearly all afford stellar views of the reservoir.
Access Plover Cove Reservoir by taking public transportation to the village of Tai Mei Tuk, where you can rent bikes or head out on food to the Plover Cove Country Park Visitor Centre, where you’ll find the trailhead to Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail.