Part of Hong Kong Global Geopark, this reservoir was completed in 1968, in a very unusual way. Rather than build a dam across a river, of which Hong Kong has very few, a barrier was erected across the mouth of a great bay. The sea water was siphoned out and fresh water was pumped in. The area around the reservoir is glorious hiking and cycling country, and well worth a full day’s exploring.
The village of Tai Mei Tuk, the springboard for most of the activities in the Plover Cove area, is about 6km northeast of Tai Po Market MTR station. Bicycles can be rented at several locations in Tai Mei Tuk, including Lung Kee Bikes. A bicycle track along the coast runs from Tai Mei Tuk to Chinese University at Ma Liu Shui. Ting Kok Rd in Lung Mei Village is also where you’ll find a row of restaurants.
You can also take a stroll along the dam of Plover Cove Reservoir, accessible via a path next to Bradbury Jockey Club Youth Hostel. It's beautiful at sunset. The dam is a popular venue for watching comet showers in Hong Kong. Plover Cove Reservoir was the world's first lake to be built from the sea and the idea is said to have come from the then governor while on a leisurely boat trip in the area.
The Plover Cove Country Park Management Centre, a short distance further east from the car park on Ting Kok Rd, is where the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail to Bride’s Pool starts.