So close and yet so far – the ancient Maritime Silk Road revisited. Surprisingly, the staggered hexagonal rock formation, formed about 140 million years ago, stands not far from the city fringe. From Sai Kung Town, Hong Kong’s holiday hot spot, you can reach the East Dam of High Island Reservoir in about 40 minutes. This is the best place to see the world-class hexagonal rock columns. Towering columns rise in the distance, and the High Island Geo Trail takes you to the shore. There is a sea cave at the water’s edge. From there, a wooden boardwalk leads to a lookout where you can feel the force of wave erosion up close.
The East Dam was completed in the 1970’s. It is set on the east side of Kwun Mun Channel. Your tour guide will lead you on a journey back to the Ming dynasty several hundred years ago when many merchant ships sailed between mainland China and Southeast Asia. High Island Reservoir, which supplies potable water to Hong Kong today, was once a small channel and stopover point on the Maritime Silk Road.
All roads were built by people. Today, High Island Reservoir is a scenic location surrounded by sea and hills, with no sign of human settlement, but it was once the site of a thriving fishing village. The East Dam Half-day tour takes you to a forgotten fishing village that now lies submerged.
Hong Kong is more than a financial centre, and there is much more to see than dramatic rock formations and verdant hills. There are also colourful stories of Hong Kong’s heritage and struggle for success.