Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Waterworks are very important. So important that people tend to forget that they are even there. Now it's only the odd trip to rural areas that reminds us that things often start with a hole in the ground, whether that be for a water well or well, you know, the other thing.
On the SECOND part of our Steampunk trail walks we'll explore the Tai Tam Reservoir of Hong Kong Island. In it's day seen as a marvel of Victorian Engineering, this collection of pumps, basins, and viaducts remind us Man's interaction with Nature.
Despite all of the other seemingly "inefficient" parts of life here in Hong Kong, there has always been an incredible amount of energy put into the capturing, filtering, and pumping of water for our daily lives. In fact, from the very beginning, Hong Kong utilized every nook-n-cranny of the available hill slopes for the collection and storage of the stuff. There are no less than 3 reservoir systems on Hong Kong Island that go back to the colony's founding and we can now follow the nature walks that surround them all. We'll start with the oldest and survey some of the water mechanisms that were used.
Come and join us for this bit of urban archeology with a casual and fun learning experience related to a very important subject. This is a special Chinese New Years Event! I'm sure by the THIRD day you've collected your Red Pocket from everyone and will be ready to spend some time outside!
Photo credit: HKStevens, and Minhong