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Lower Shing Mun Reservoir 下城門水塘
Sheung Shing Valley 雙城峽/城門峽

下城門水塘(Lower Shing Mun Reservoir)位於香港新界針山以南,處於城門水塘下游的一段俗稱城門峽的峽谷地帶。它始建於1961年,1964年竣工,於1965年開始供水,為香港後期興建的中型水塘,容水量429萬9,000立方米[1],是船灣淡水湖供水計劃一部份,亦是郊野公園範圍以外的少數水塘之一。下城門水塘的水源主要來自城門峽附近走私凹及草山的溪流,加上城門水塘的排洪水及大埔頭抽水站的原水(包括船灣淡水湖及東江水),在主壩下方有一個小型供應塘,先將下城門水塘的儲水作初步沉澱,再由輸水隧道送到沙田濾水廠。當下城門水塘滿溢,水塘內的儲水會由鐘形溢流口經溢洪道排進城門河。水塘的主壩位於沙田大圍富山,壩面種有翠綠的草皮,是放遙控模型飛機的熱點,亦曾經是多齣香港電影及電視劇取景之處。下城門水塘  下城門水塘位於城門谷,主壩是位於沙田富山。下城門水塘和城門河之間建有主壩及儲水湖。其中主壩壩面種有翠綠草皮,遠觀十分壯觀。  下城門水塘位處城門水塘的下游,水塘本身亦會接收城門水塘的水。而下城門水塘時有工程,工程進行期間水塘水位會降至塘底,整個水塘的黃泥土活現眼前。  下城門水塘另一特色為噴水奇觀。很多人以為那些噴口就是水塘的溢洪道,但其實只要到過水塘的主壩就會知道其實這只是小型供應塘的溢洪噴口,採用噴水型式能減低對城門河河床的侵蝕。下城門水塘位於大帽 山東南的城門郊野公園。附近一段路,舊日被遠足人仕於險處裝上鐵鍊,因此曾有「鐵索迷城」之稱。經過修葺下,鐵索己不復見,現成為沙田郊野徑。大圍下城門水塘發生打劫傷人案。一對情侶昨凌晨驅車到該地僻靜處談心,突遭兩名操普通話男子持刀打劫,遭掠去名貴勞力士表及智能手機等價值6萬多元財物。其間男事主挺身護花,遭刀割傷,幸送院治理後無礙。

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