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Aberdeen Country Park

Overview

Abd-Lower Reservoir
Abd-Lower Reservoir

The 423-hectare Aberdeen Country Park covers a wide domain of southern uplands and valleys on Hong Kong Island : Mount Cameron, Tin Wan Shan, Aberdeen Upper Reservoir and Aberdeen Lower Reservoir. It extends to Wanchai Gap in the north, Black's Link in the east, Peel Rise in the west and Wong Chuk Hang in the south. Vantage points like Peak Road and Guildford Road in Victoria Peak give broad, intoxicating vistas of the Island. Apart from the better known portal in Aberdeen, you can enter the country park from a few other places : Black's Link in Wanchai Gap, Aberdeen Reservoir Road in Wanchai Gap, Lady Clementi's Ride on Nam Fung Road and Peel Rise at the Peak. A good part of the country park was damaged during the Japanese Occupation. The beautiful scenery which visitors see today is the combined result of post-war reforestation and natural regeneration of woodlands. Within close proximity of local housing estates, Aberdeen Country Park is a favourite among morning walkers and nearby residents. Indeed, it is Hong Kong Island's "back garden".

The sylvan environment of Aberdeen Country Park makes it ideal for hikes and strolls. In spring, the slopes come ablaze with vibrant blossom colours, and lush foliage flaunts the most luxurious shades of green. It is the best time to explore this pristine country. Aberdeen Upper Reservoir and Aberdeen Lower Reservoir, which encircled by the country park, were completed in 1931. Totaling 12,500,000m3 of water storage capacity, they were the last two reservoirs built by the government on Hong Kong Island. Today, the reservoirs are surrounded by dense forests. Atop the magnificent dam, natural grandeur of southern Hong Kong is unveiled without reserve, and the magnificent view changes with every season.

Major Attractions

Designated in 1977, Aberdeen Country Park is one of the oldest country parks in Hong Kong. Inside the park you find the pleasant and easy Lady Clementi's Ride, which named after the wife of Governor Sir Clementi who loved to stroll and ride on this country lane. Skirting along the slopes above Aberdeen Valley, the ride offers soothing woodland scenery. Along the way are a series of wooded slopes, hill streams and stone bridges. Near Mount Kellett and the Peak, you gaze across Deep Water Bay, Shouson Hill and nearby bays, coves and channels. Under a clear blue sky, sail boats glide across the turquoise sea.

Aberdeen Country Park

Aberdeen Country Park is the only country park on Hong Kong Island with a picnic area for the physically disabled. Disabled visitors can use the wheelchair trail to explore the countryside and enjoy natural scenery. For extra convenience, the kiosk and barbecue area are also located nearby. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department staff have also built a guided path inside this picnic area. There are 2 braille maps and information boards for the blind, giving clear directions to the barbecue area, rain shelter, kiosk and toilets. Visitors may be surprised to learn that concrete tiles on the guided path were not purchased overseas, but hand-made by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department staff.

Facilities

Tai Chi terrace
Tai Chi terrace

The compact Aberdeen Country Park has just about everything to meet visitors' needs : nature trail, tree walk, fitness trail, Tai Chi terrace, a hiking trail, picnic area for the physically disabled, barbecue area, children's play facilities and visitor information centre. With such extensive facilities, no wonder it is a hot destination for school picnics and field trips. A barbecue area can be found inside the picnic area for the disabled. Additional barbecue areas are available along Aberdeen Reservoir Road.

Ecological Highlights

Brisbane Box
Brisbane Box
Hwamei
Hwamei

Aberdeen Country Park is famous for its dense vegetation and cool shade. Did you know this green environment is a combined result of post-war reforestation and broad-leaved forests regeneration? Trees growing abundantly in the valley are Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus), Schima (Schima superba), Hong Kong Gordonia (Polyspora axillaris), Ivy Tree (Schefflera heptaphylla) and Rose Myrtle (Rhodomyrtus tomentosa). Past records show that Rhodoleia (Rhodoleia championii) was found in these parts in as early as 1849. Rhodoleia is a rare species protected by law in Hong Kong. It is a small tree which grows to about 9 m. Its trunk is tall and upright, with numerous branches. The flower is made up of 5 or 6 bracts which resemble overlapping scales. This tree is also known as Hanging Bells in Chinese, so named it as bell-shaped blossoms.

Common birds and animals in Aberdeen Country Park include Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis), Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus), Common Magpie (Pica pica), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) and squirrels. Aberdeen valley is a major habitat for the Black Kite (Milvus migrans), a raptor widely distributed in Hong Kong. During the day, individuals are often seen hovering above the valley on hot air current. When night falls, they congregate on branches to await return of their mates to the valley roost. For a closer look of these handsome birds of prey, visit Aberdeen Valley at dusk.

Scenic Beauty

For walkers, there are several trails in Aberdeen Country Park : four colour-coded country trails, Aberdeen Nature Trail and Aberdeen Fitness Trail, while Stage 3 and Stage 4 of Hong Kong Trail can also be found within the park. If these routes are too demanding for you, a leisurely walk from the Peak or Wanchai Gap along Peel Rise or Aberdeen Reservoir Road to Aberdeen is an alternative. Many sections of this route run alongside catchwaters and vehicular roads, and the going is generally smooth. These two stages of Hong Kong Trail total 14 km in length. They take about 4 hours to complete. These stages are suitable for amateur hikers and parties with children.

Aberdeen Nature Trail
Aberdeen Nature Trail

Orbiting around the eastern rim of the Aberdeen Lower Reservoir, Aberdeen Nature Trail links up the upper and lower dams. This 1.2 km trail is mostly level walk and most visitors can complete it about an hour. Along the way you find interpretation plates to offer information on different aspects of the natural environment. Aberdeen Tree Walk runs along Aberdeen Reservoir Road. This 2.5 km trail traverses Aberdeen Country Park and ends at the Wanchai Gap. With information plates for 20 tree species, it is an ideal choice for those who wish to learn more about the forms and features of Hong Kong's wild flora.

Walking up Aberdeen Reservoir Road along the catchwater, you will soon arrive at a fitness trail with many unusual fitness facilities. Try lifting yourself up on bars of different heights, or test your balancing power on jagged wooden piles. Here in the woods, there is fun for all ages.

Public Transport Information

Take green minibus no. 4A or 4C which departs from Cannon Street in Causeway Bay to Shek Pai Wan in Aberdeen. Alternatively, catch green minibus no. 4B that runs between Wanchai and Shek Pai Wan. After getting off, follow Aberdeen Reservoir Road up the hill for the portal of Aberdeen Country Park. Stage 3 of the Hong Kong Trail starts at Peel Rise next to Pui Tak Canossian College on the right side of Aberdeen Reservoir Road.

For your return journey, bus no. 15, 15B that stops at Wanchai Gap will take you to the Peak or the city. You can also catch bus no. 6, 63 or 66 in Wong Nai Chung Gap to the city.

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Last Review Date : 17 October 2013