High Island Reservoir seen from Tai She Teng 大蛇頂望萬宜水庫
High Island Reservoir (Photo by Yip Ho Fai 一毫子)

Kwun Mun Channel originally separated the High Island from the Sai Kung Peninsula. But from 1971 to 1978, High Island Reservoir was built to supply fresh water to Hong Kong people. Its West Dam and East Dam connects High Island with the Sai Kung Peninsula, but it is still known for the 4th largest island in Hong Kong. According to the study of Civil Engineering and Development Department of Hong Kong Government, millions of years ago, there was a super volcano lying between High Island and Ninepin Group (Kwo Chau Islands) over a span of 18km. Located at the very southeast of Hong Kong, this area has been polished by the most relentless wind and big waves and formed unique landforms. Nowadays, this area has become the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, where tourists can see spectacular hexagonal volcanic rocks. — Chinese Translation: Kwun Mun Channel: 官門海峽 High Island Reservoir: 萬宜水庫 East Dam: 東壩 Ninepin Group: 果洲群島

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In 2003, I moved to Hong Kong with a dream of traveling around the world. Later I found out, HK is an amazing "mini world". Other than skyscrapers, a few steps outside the modern city, it has steep hills, winding coastlines, outlying islands, millions of years volcanic rocks, remote beaches, unspoilt fishing villages, secret waterfalls, wild animals and ancient forests. Follow me now to explore the Hong Kong less traveled.

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