No. 5 Dam at Choi Sai Woo Park
With its lush gardens, jogging tracks and a playground, it’s hard to imagine that this expansive urban park was once part of the Braemar Reservoir, also known as “Choi Sai Woo”. But if you look closer, you can still find a standing monument to the area’s watery past – the No. 5 Dam
tunnel portal, a Grade 2 listed historic building. The reservoir was built in 1894 by the Taikoo Sugar Refinery to provide fresh water not only for the company’s private use, but also to residential areas beyond Quarry Bay during droughts. After the refinery ceased operation in 1972, however, it was redeveloped as Braemar Hill Mansions and a park; all that remains today is this Classical Revival-style portal.