Thousand Islands: Reservoir Island viewpoint in Tai Lam Country Park
The Reservoir Island Viewpoint is the window to the famed thousand islands view of Hong Kong. It overlooks the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir and its many islands, and the easy hike from the Tai Lam Country Park made it ever so popular. Located between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun, the trail is part of MacLehose Trail Stage 10 and does take a little time to reach. During late November to early January, you can also combine the hike with Tai Tong to see the red leaves.
Summary of Reservoir Island Viewpoint in Tai Lam Country Park
Time taken: 2-3 hours
Pros: a beautiful and relatively short hike that’s not very taxing. You can combine red leaves and lake view in one too in fall!
Cons: a quite popular trail and potentially lengthy commute to get to and from
How to get to Tai Lam Country Park (Tai Tong)
You can start from either Yuen Long or Tuen Mun, I prefer to start at Yuen Long since it is generally harder to get out of there.
Bus: K66 goes to Tai Tong and goes past both the Long Ping Station and Fung Nin Road Light Rail station. It stops at
From the end stop, it’s a 20 minutes walk to the Country Park:
There is also a car park right by the entrance that’s free to use, although you might want to arrive early to snatch a spot. We drove there and arrived at 9am on a weekday and there were still a few spots left.
Here is the location of the car park. It’s basically on the right of the block on the end of the road. Or you can just google Tai Tong Shan Road Car Park.
Tai Lam Country Park trail start
You can easily follow the main tarmac road from the country park entrance, as there is no branch off for the first half an hour. There are signposts, too, in case you need reassurance.
First, follow the sign to Sweet Gum Tree Woods until you reach a triple junction.
This is where the MacLehose Trail Stage 10 starts, with the Sweet Gum Woods to the left and the trail to Reservoir Island Viewpoint to the right.
Reservoir Island Viewpoint along MacLehose Trail Stage 10
From the junction where you can turn right to go to the Sweet Gum Woods, you can turn left to go to the Reservoir Island Viewpoint, which is also part of the MacLehose Trail Stage 10.
The Reservoir Island Viewpoint refers to the view of Tai Lam Reservoir, and the numerous islands in the reservoir has earned it the name of ‘Hong Kong Thousand Islands Lake’.
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