Mount Davis, Hong Kong
A view of Mount Davis from High West
|Elevation||269 m (883 ft)|
The summit is reached via Mt Davis Path, which comes off Mt Davis Road and Victoria Road.
It was an important artillery depot of the British forces since 1911 (proposed in 1900). 5 (later 3) 9.2" guns were installed. It was heavily bombed by Japanese planes during the Battle of Hong Kong. The depot was later demolished by British defenses towards the end of the battle.
The geology of Mount Davis comprises dominantly pyroclastic rocks of the Cretaceous Repulse Bay Volcanic Group (Sewell et al., 2000). This same kind of rock is common in the south of Hong Kong Island and the east and north New Territories. The rock type in Mount Davis is mainly coarse ash crystal tuff.
Along the Mount Davis Path and on top of the hill are remains of old gun batteries and a barracks from the Second World War, making it a famous wargame site for Hong Kong airsofters, though due to complaints, the Police will respond to any airsofters discharging pellet guns in the area and disperse them.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Mount Davis Youth Hostel, operated by Hong Kong Youth Hostel Association, is located at 123 Mount Davis Path and it offers a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. The hostel has undergone a HK$9.54 million renovation, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and re-opened in 2012. The hostel offers beds in dormitories, as well as two, four and six bed rooms. Self-catering facilities are provided, but no restaurant is available. The hostel provides a free shuttle service to Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan.
The Hill sets in the West-most corner of Hong Kong Island,overlooking Tsing Ma Bridge, Discovery Bay and Disneyland. Its location makes it an excellent spot for sunset viewing and photography.
There are barbecue pits for the public on top of Mount Davis.
There is an ionopsheric station housing an ionosonde. The ionosonde was set up in a refurbished bunkhouse by Oulton Walker and Tim Closs of the Hong Kong University Physics department in 1969. There are also microwave towers.
The eastern side of the hill holds the Chiu Yuen Cemetery, private cemetery of the Hotung clan. The North East face has Kwun Lung Lau one of the earliest public housing developments in Hong Kong. Kennedy Town is on the north side.
- "Jockey Club Mt. Davis Youth Hostel". Hong Kong Youth Hostel Association. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
- Joanna Chiu (14 October, 2012). "Renovated Mount Davis hostel offers stunning views for just HK$130 a night". South China Morning Post.
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- P.K.MacKeown Physics at The University of Hong Kong – an anecdotal history
- 2003 Hong Kong City Guide ISBN 962-14-2537-9
- Hong Kong Geological Survey I:20,000-scale Geological Map Sheet No. 11
- Sewell,R.J., Campbell, S.D.G., Fletcher, C.J.N., Lai, K.W. & Kirk, P.A. (2000). The Pre-Quaternary Geology of Hong Kong. Geotechnical Engineering Office, Hong Kong. 181 p. ISBN 962-02-0299-6