Bride’s Pool Waterfall, located in Plover Cover Country Park, is a sight for sore eyes in Hong Kong. Not once did we feel like that we were in Hong Kong, the concrete jungle. The waterfall and its surrounding area is popular with picnic and barbecue goers, and hikers. Bride’s Pool also makes for a scenic, natural swimming pool, attracting many swimmers during the summer.
How To Get To The Bride’s Pool
Getting to Bride’s Pool is a breeze. The only downside is that it’s really far from Hong Kong island; it’s almost like traveling to Shenzhen. It took us just over 1.5 hours to get there, if I don’t count the lunch break in between.
To get to Bride’s Pool, find your way to Hung Hom station, or hop onto the East Rail Line’s closest station to you. Take the train to Tai Po Market station. From there follow the signs to the bus terminal. The green mini-bus terminal is on the left, while the bus terminal is on the right. The green mini-bus 20C goes to Tai Mei Tuk, and from there you can hike, or take a taxi. Although it will probably get you there faster than the normal buses, the waiting is excruciatingly painful given its frequency and demand on weekends.
We became impatient and decided to board the 275R, which runs only on weekends. It turned out to be a better decision. The 275R has good frequency (every 15-20 mins), and runs directly between Tai Po Market and Bride’s Pool bus terminal. No additional walking or hiring a taxi required. And since it’s a proper bus (but not a double decker), finding a seat isn’t much of an issue.
Once at the Bride’s Pool terminal (if you’re on the 275R, it’s the final stop), the waterfalls are accessible from the main gate, or the barbecue site steps. Take either of the entrances, together they form a loop around the pools, and walk straight down. It’s a short but steep walk.
Quick Tour Of Bride’s Pool
It’s hard to imagine that this is Hong Kong. It is a part that very few get to witness. The mirror pool, located at the base of the waterfall, is a popular swimming area during the summer months. There are also numerous hiking trails located around the Bride’s Pool.
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It’s hard not to appreciate this scenic spot if you live in Hong Kong. We’re extremely fortunate to have something so beautiful located so close to the main city.
The Haunted Story Behind Bride’s Pools
While there, we kept guessing why is it called the Bride’s Pool? My wife’s theory was that the waterfall was named after the cascading pools, that resembled a bride’s flowing dress. I thought that this made sense. But of course, we couldn’t have been further from the urban legend behind the name.
The name in fact is rooted in Chinese folk tale. Legend has it that a bride was passing by on her sedan chair in stormy weather when one of her porters slipped. The bride, along with the wedding sedan, tumbled into the river, where she was washed down the waterfall, and into the pool at its base. The bride drowned in her heavy clothing, and from then on the pool was given its name in memory of her tragic fate.
Quite a sad story 🙁
Photos Of The Bride’s Pools, Hong Kong
And finally, here are some of the pictures that I took of the Bride’s Pools. We thoroughly enjoyed spending our Sunday sitting on the rocks by the cascading pools. Not once did it feel like that we were still in Hong Kong.
Bonus Tip: Tai Mei Tuk
If this is your first foray into Plover Cove Country Park, I’m sure that the area before the Bride’s Pool will catch your attention. On the bus journey you’ll notice Tai Mei Tuk, village with its promenade full of restaurants, bars, and cafes overlooking the Plover Cove Reservoir. In fact, there are numerous activities waiting for you at Tai Mei Tuk. So, if you have some time to spare before of after visiting Bride’s Pool, I’d urge you to check out Tai Mei Tuk.