Tai Lam Chung Reservoir – first built post-WW2
HF: The Tai Lam Chung Reservoir was the first reservoir built in Hong Kong after the Second World War. Construction work commenced in 1952 and was completed in 1957 and it was officially opened by the Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham on 7th December of that year. The reservoir, with a storage capacity of 20 million cubic metres, was formed by a main dam across the Tai Lam Chung Valley, with three subsidiary dams across an adjacent small valley.
As the soil near the reservoir was poor and frequently affected by hill fires, afforestation work began in 1952 with many different species of plants cultivated around the reservoir to strengthen the structure of its catchment area.
HF: I took these photos on 4th December 2014.
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