Cape Collinson Battery is perhaps the most hidden away World War II relic in Hong Kong that I’ve visited. Located on the far east corner of Hong Kong Island, it is close to impossible to find. There are no signs, and no path. So, if you want to get to the battery, keep reading.
Siu Sai Wan to Cape Collinson Battery Hike
There are many ways to get to Cape Collinson Road, but we chose to hike it there from Siu Sai Wan. Depending on where you live, head over to the Siu Sai Wan bus terminus under Island Resort. That’s your starting point.
Exit the bus terminus Siu Sai Wan Promenade and take the stairs going up to the Leaping Dragon Trail.
Leaping Dragon Trail
The Leaping Dragon Trail is a moderately steep family trail that runs up a short hill (I assume it’s called Leaping Dragon Mountain). Along the way, we saw so many wild boars. It’s completely normal. Walk past them without disturbing them till the trail reaches Cape Collinson Road.
Cape Collison Road
Once you arrive at Cape Collinson Road, turn left and walk downhill towards the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution. Go past the gates that prohibit entry of unauthorised vehicles. Don’t worry, it doesn’t apply to you.
Shortly after the sign, you’ll notice a cemented path on your left, over the side-railing. Climb the railing, and jump over without stepping on the pipes. Some the pipes are a bit flimsy. From that point, slowly walk down the path, until you arrive at the Cape Collinson Battery.
Cape Collinson Battery
The Cape Collinson Battery (two of them) was constructed in 1938 as a defence point for the island’s east coast. It was armed with 2, 2 x 6″ BL guns and operated by the 36th Coast Battery, and the 8th Coast Regiment Royal Artillery, which was part of Eastern Fire Command. However, on 19th December 1941 the battery was ordered to be destroyed, and the regiment relocated to Stanley.
Today, the two batteries are completely abandoned and lie in their derelict condition. One battery is more demolished than the other. Most hikers come here for the beautiful views and to take pictures. You can step inside the batteries, and even stand on top of them. If you walk a few steps south-east from the batteries, that’s Cape Collinson. An area frequented by fisherman, and rock climbers.
To learn more about rock climbing at Cape Collinson, visit this website. We did see a few fisherman, and rock climbers during our visit.
Map Of The Hike
For those who need help navigating on their phone, here is a map of the hike. And since Google doesn’t show the path till the battery, I tracked it using my GPS watch.
War Relics In Hong Kong
As you probably noticed in the map, there is also a light on Cape Collinson that many like to visit. From what I know, it’s very tricky to get to the lighthouse. And I think it’s also not possible to enter the area. Well, technically so is the battery and that doesn’t stop people from visiting it 😉
Cape Collinson Battery is one of the many relics from WWII in Hong Kong. I’ve only just started to uncover them, and will continue to do so in this blog.
I wonder which relic I should uncover next?