After 2,5 years in Hong Kong and lots of hiking on the island-side, I uncovered something I’ve not seen or heard of before. Just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai is the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park, a few steps below the ugly pink Park View complex.
I’ve passed by a dozen times, but never actually visited. But since it was a hot sunny day and we just finished a hike from Stanley over the Twins and Violet Hill, we decided to stop at the public bathrooms, which just happened to be next to the reservoir.
The building has a balcony at its back, which just happens to overlook the reservoir – and while I walked over there, to look at the reservoir, I saw a small cafe selling beer and snacks and noticed a sign for rental boats. Looking out over the balcony, I could also see the paddle boats at the reservoir.
I took the steps down to the platform next to the reservoir, and yes there was a ‘booking office’ where you could purchase tickets to hire a pedal or rowing boat.
The prices per hour are slightly higher on weekends and public holidays. Rates also differ depending on the number of seats in the craft you choose. They offer two-seat or four-seat paddle boats and row boats for rent.
Either way, you can hire the boats per hour – and after that you can just sit at the deck, have a drink or snack (there is another small cafe) and relax.
I’m sure it will be a fun day out for kids – but don’t expect a massive amount of exercise. The reservoir is not large – but it is quite scenic.
It is just a 10 minutes taxi drive away from Wan Chai – so it could be a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of all the people shopping at the markets or taking the MTR. You can either take a taxi from Wan Chai or Bus 6 or 61 from Exchange Square Terminus, Central, to Wong Nai Chung Gap Road – but then you’ll have to walk 10-15 mins uphill.