The Pineapple Dam Nature Trail inside the Shing Mun Country Park is right in the central of New Territories. It runs along the west side of Shing Mun Reservoir. Before the construction of the Shing Mun Reservoir, the area near the Pineapple Dam was a pineapple field, that’s why it’s named Pineapple Dam. The scenery along the way is beautiful.
The starting point of the nature trail is on the side of the visitor centre of Shing Mun Country Park. Most of the trees along the path are exotic species, such as Lophostemon confertus and Melaleuca. At the time when the dam was built, the mud collected in the vicinity damaged the indigenous plants. The government later planted exotic trees there to re-forest the hillside. The plantation area has attracted many Macaques. At the end of trail, visitors may choose to continue to walk along the Shing Mun Reservoir to the Lead Mine Pass or, take the Lung Mun Country Trail to Cheun Lung of Tai Mo Shan
What to see
1) Shing Mun Arboretum
At the Shing Mun Arboretum by the northern end of the Shing Mun Reservoir, there are about 300 species of plants planted. There are also many rare and endangered plant samples besides its being an important base for the protection of plant species. These include 26 different species of bamboo: Shiuying Bamboo; the first plant discovered in Hong Kong, native wild camellia – Camellia granthamiana, etc. The place is also an outdoor training venue for learning about the exotic plants there.
2) Shing Mun Reservoir
Built in 1937, the reservoir has the largest capacity for water in Hong Kong at that time. Its other name is Jubilee Reservoir though this name has fallen into disuse. It was originally designated to celebrate the Silver Jubilee (1935) of King George V of the United Kingdom. You may see a catchwater leading to Shing Mun Reservoir on the path of Pineapple Dam Trail. During the rainy season, the endless stream of rain will rush into the pond, which creates a rather spectacular sight.
Although there is no trace of pineapples, the roadside along the west of Shing Mun Reservoir is covered with interesting plants such as Sweet Gum, lichen, bryophyte, wild coffee, etc. It is a good chance to have a nature tour with your children on weekend. If you your legs are up to it, walk around the reservoir. This is about 8.5 kilometres long and about 3 to 4 hours of walking at leisurely pace.
Pineapple Dam route
Difficulty: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Full length: 0.8 km
Time required: about 1 hour