Pineapple Dam hiking guide – everything you need to know

This complete guide will have you ready to go hiking in Hong Kong's Pineapple Dam.

Pineapple Dam hiking guide – everything you need to know
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New to hiking and looking for things to do in Hong Kong? Pineapple Dam is a fantastic starting point. It's beginner-friendly and offers stunning views of the Shing Mun Reservoir. Plus, you might even spot some butterflies, monkeys and other wildlife along the way. We've prepared a quick guide to help you get ready for your Pineapple Dam hike. So pack up, and let's explore your next stress-relieving nature adventure.

How to get to Pineapple Dam 

To kick off your adventure at Pineapple Dam, make your way to Shing Mun Reservoir first. There are two easy routes to get there – from Tsuen Wan or Ho Fung College.

From Tsuen Wan:

  • Head over to Tsuen Wan, and take exit B1.
  • Walk along the footbridge to 33 Shiu Wo Street, then onto Shiu Wo Street itself.
  • Keep an eye out for minibus 82, and hop aboard. It'll take you right to Shing Mun Reservoir, the final stop.

From Ho Fung College: 

  • Check out buses heading to Ho Fung College like 32, 40X, 46X, N35, 46P and others.
  • Once you've arrived at Ho Fung College, take a stroll along Shing Mun Road until you reach Pineapple Dam. Easy peasy!

Everything you need to know about Pineapple Dam 

Pineapple Dam's Story

So, here’s a little history lesson about Pineapple Dam. Back in the day, there were eight villages surrounded by lush pineapple trees in this area. But in 1938, things changed with the construction of the Shing Mun Reservoir, which meant relocating those villages. The new dam became known as Pineapple Dam because of the area's history.

Before you start exploring

If you take minibus 82 to get there, you'll see a sign for "Shing Mun Country Park." Once you arrive, you'll find maps and lots of information about the Pineapple Dam Nature Trail, ecological features and exhibitions in the area. And when you've walked about 10 minutes, keep an eye out for the "paper-bark" trees – that's where the adventure begins.

What to expect along the way

As you make your way along, expect some stunning views and sites, from a butterfly garden to a pebbled stream and even a pass by an old lead mine. You might even come across some cattle and monkeys, so be cautious and avoid feeding them. Insider tip – don't open snacks on the trail around the monkeys, as they will come and snatch them from you. The hike is fairly easygoing, ideal for beginners, and should take around three to four hours. Just be mindful of slippery spots and the occasional transition between dirt and concrete paths.

Heading back home

Once you've had your fill of nature and snapped some memorable photos, simply retrace your steps back along the same route.

What to prepare 

Before you kick off your hike, make sure you're geared up with these must-haves:

  • Sunscreen: Protect that skin from the sun's rays.
  • Insect repellent: Keep those pesky bugs at bay.
  • Extra clothing: Just in case the weather takes a turn.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes: Comfort and support for those trails.
  • Snacks: Pack some nibbles, but remember not to share them with the monkeys.
  • Water: Stay hydrated, hikers!