For participants who joined the first year or this year's Water Race, how well do you know about Tin Shui Wai? Where does Tin Shui Wai's water come from?
According to William Tang, an indigenous inhabitants of Ping Shan, fish ponds and wetlands were present in the old days of Tin Shui Wai. There was also a long and high dam which separated seawater from the fish ponds. The pond water reflects image of the sky (Tin Shui in Cantonese) and is surrounded by the dam (Wai in Cantonese). Thus, the place was called Tin Shui Wai thereafter.
Nowadays, water in Tin Shui Wai is mainly supplied from the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir in Tuen Mun District. While Pok Fu Lam Reservoir is the first reservoir in Hong Kong, Tai Lam Chung Reservoir is the first reservoir built in Hong Kong after the Second World War. There is dozens of small "islands" in the reservoir, which creates the famous sight for “thousand islands”.
Source: Apple Daily, Water Supplies Department
Image: Water Supplies Department, Wikipedia Common