2015-10-26 – Shing Mun Reservoir Late Afternoon Panoramic
Aspect Ratio: 4:1
Shing Mun Reservoir Late Afternoon Panoramic captures the light as it crosses the mountains and illuminates the paper bark forests. Paper bark trees peel off like paper and they are one of the few trees that one can punch and they absorb it and it does not hurt.
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 where 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.
Shing Mun Reservoir Late Afternoon Panoramic
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