2015-10-26 – Hong Kong Paper Bark Forest Panoramic
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Hong Kong Paper Bark Forest Panoramic is taken inside the trees looking out into the reservoir. The tree is formally called Melaleuca quinquenervia, also known as broad-leaved paperbark, the paper bark tea tree, punk tree or niaouli, is a small to medium-sized tree of the allspice family, Myrtaceae.
The broad-leaved paperbark grows as a spreading tree up to 20 m high, with the trunk covered by a white, beige and grey thick papery bark. It also makes a good punching bag as its soft texture takes a punch with damage to neither party.
This area represents an area with a long history in Hong Kong. In the 17th century a renegade general left the Ming dynasty and as a pirate built a fortress in the lower part of the river valley. The area previously had been a dense forest with few inhabitants.
In the late 17th century the many Hakkas settled and grew rice, tea and pineapples. By the early 20th century there where seven in the area.
As Hong Kong was seeing a population boom in the Kowloon area the demand for fresh water increased. Construction started in 1933 and was completed in 1937. It was once formally called Jubilee Reservoir (銀禧水塘) to celebrate Silver Jubilee (1935) of King George V of the United Kingdom. Local residents were moved to the New Territories as their villages are now underwater.
Macaque monkeys can be found in the dozens around many of the picnic sites in the woods. Many people including myself spend a few hours walking the entire way around the reservoir. Others go there for a picnic. Don’t be surprised to see a wedding party hiking with you to get to a scenic spot for one of the many wedding pictures. In the forests that look like they come from a Hollywood Alien movie scene you might also find other doing cosplay. Others are crossing the reservoir area as they are walking either the Wilson Trail or MacLehose Trail.
Hong Kong Paper Bark Forest Panoramic
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