During Easter, my dad, my mum and I went up a mountain called Mt Davis (info on Mt Davis).This was not the first time my dad and I hiked up MD, but it was my mum’s first time. It was a great day for hiking, it was clear and we could see very far. You could see to High West(see my other blog about high west) It was a simple walk, we just walked up the Mt Davis Path, which had a few cars and taxis on it. A minibus also goes up Mt Davis because the Jockey Club has a youth hostel up there. When we were going up, we saw a lot of pillboxes and war stations. This site was an important artillery depot for the British forces since 1911. It was heavily bombed by the Japanese and the depot was later demolished by British defenses towards the end of the battle so that the Japanese could not use it to defend Hong Kong after they captured it. It took quite a lot of time to get up. Mt Davis usually has a lot of people having beebee gun fights. The reason why they do it at this particular place is because it has all the batteries and pill boxes so it’s like being in a war zone! When we were up there, we couldn’t find the trig station. We looked for about 30 minutes but still couldn’t find it. When we walked up on top of a pill box we found it and got a photo.
I really think that Mt Davis is a great place to go see the pillboxes and to learn about Hong Kong’s history. I also think that the government should make it a site to learn about WW2 instead of letting all of the pillboxes and batteries to fall apart. My class should also go there to find out more about Hong Kong’s history.
Here is a photo of one of the Mt Davis batteries before it was destroyed:
(Where I got the photo)
(for more information about the Battle for Hong Kong and the Canadian soldiers’ fighting in it go to this site)