Violet Hill (Hong Kong)
|Violet Hill, Hong Kong|
View of Violet Hill
|Elevation||436 m (1,430 ft)|
Hong Kong Principal Datum
Violet Hill (Chinese: 紫羅蘭山; literally: violet flower hill), also known as Tsz Lo Lan Shan, is located within Tai Tam Country Park in Hong Kong. The hill is a popular site for hiking. The Hong Kong Government named three trails on the hill, namely Wilson Trail, Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path and Tai Tam Country Trail. Towards the top of the hill, it splits into three peaks of altitude 436 m (1,430 ft), 433 m (1,421 ft) and 430 m (1,410 ft). It offers beautiful views of Tai Tam Reservoir Group and Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. The hill is well preserved, with little construction on the hill. A rare and protected species, Hong Kong iris (Iris speculatrix) with violet flower can be found on the hill.
The hill is situated in mid-southern Hong Kong Island. Apart from the shore of Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay in its southwest, the hill is surrounded by valleys with other hills on the island. With Mount Nicholson in its northwest, it forms a crossroad of Wong Nai Chung Gap where Wong Nai Chung Reservoir is sited. With Mount Butler in its northeast and Jardine's Lookout north, a valley leads to Tai Tam Reservoir in its east, an important water supply construction in the early colonial history of Hong Kong. Another mountain pass Tsin Shui Wan Au (淺水灣坳) forms with The Twins and Cheung Lin Shan allows one runs from Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir to the Repulse Bay.
Violet Hill is a part of the first stage of the Wilson Trail from Stanley. The trail first passes The Twins, then to Violet Hill. Another trail, Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path, winds west side of the hill along the catchwater of Wong Nai Chung Reservoir and goes southward from Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Tsin Shui Wan Au. Hikers starting from Wong Nai Chung Reservoir may also use Tai Tam Country Trail to go up to the summit of Violet Hill along the north ridge.
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