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Report - Tsak Yue Chung Nullah, Hong Kong. May '16

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by drhowser, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. drhowser

    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
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    All credit for this has to go again to Siologen, this is another of the drains that he discovered with Snappel on the Hong Kong leg of their epic Asian drain tour.

    Beyond that though, I'm afraid I can find precious little information online about this. There's one mention on Wikki, and that's about it. Possibly I might find more if I spoke Cantonese, but the local explorers I've asked didn't even know this existed, let alone any history.

    That wikki snippet -

    During Colonial Hong Kong times, the Hakka stonemasons settled in the area after the British arrival.

    The area was a bay where quarried rocks from the hillside for construction or building roads were transported by ship. The Chinese name Tsak Yue Chung(鰂魚涌) reveals that it was a small stream where crucian carp (鰂魚) could be found back in the 19th century. The English name was Arrow Fish Creek. The original bay has disappeared since land reclamation had been taken place, and was about 700m from the current coastline.

    Lack of history aside, this made for a fun afternoon recently when I fond myself hosting almost the entire SNC for a week in Hong Kong. I'd checked this about a month previously shortly after rains, and there was absolutely no chance to go inside. This time thankfully there was a lot less water running through.
    After a few hundred metres there is a side pipe at ceiling height which sprays a constant flow of fresh against the opposite wall, filling the tunnel with a delightful poop aerosol effect. The further we went in the more fresh things became, before we were finally turned back by a reversing flow which we took to be the rising tide at the outflow.

    Infall.

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    All the drains here seem to have a real degree of verticality.

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    Here it started to level off a bit and changed from reinforced concrete to large granite blocks. Shortly after here we were turned back by the rising tide of debris and poop.

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    Hopefully when the rainy season ends, and preferably armed with something a little more waterproof than trainers I'll go back to see how much further it goes.

    Special mention to Morse for doing poop drains wearing sandals.








     
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  2. pastybarm

    pastybarm Where ya going city boyyyy!!!!!
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    Interesting report, looks a lot cleaner than I expected, even cleaner than some parts of HK above ground. Pity about the poop pollution, but i think I saw a few polluted outfalls there.
     
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    Don't like HK drains
     
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    Fab piccies them.
     
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