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Nov 20, 2017

Step Into Nature's Embrace . . .

 

Just a short drive away from the bustling city and high rises of Hong Kong lies a landscape almost untampered by human civilisation. Hong Kong is located on the south coast of China and is surrounded by the South China Sea from three sides. Almost 40% of land in Hong Kong is preserved in its natural form and only 25% is actually civilized.

One of the largest areas of preserved land in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Geopark is recognised by UNESCO and termed as one of the 127 Global Geoparks that form the Global Geopark Network (GNN).

HISTORY

Around 140 million years ago, during the Jurassic age, violent volcanoes erupted changing the original landscape of Hong Kong. What we see today as Hong Kong is a result of intense volcanic activity and then the gradual erosion of the volcanic cavities over time.

GEOLOGY

Although there are no super-volcanoes in Hong Kong anymore, a visit to the Hong Kong Geopark is enough even for a layman to tell that the rock formations are a result of something extraordinary. The geopark has two major geological regions: The Sai Kung Volcanic Rock region and the Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock region.

Regions

The two geological regions of the geopark have been divided into eight major sub-regions. This division is based on the physical location, terrain, geology, history and cultural background of these places. These regions have something different to offer to everyone.

 

HIGH ISLAND

Home to the High Island reservoir, this space is reachable by foot from the main city and provides spectacular views of the hexagonal rock formations. The walking geo-trail of High Island includes a wooden boardwalk and interpretation panels.

 

SHARP ISLAND

Rock formations that have resulted from years of accumulated sand and gravel pushed in by the waves have created a bridge connecting Sharp Island to its neighbour Kiu Tau. The connecting path is made of rocks and gravel and only appears during low tide.

 

 

UNG KONG GROUP

The Ung Kong Group of islands is known for its marine life, which includes coral. An increasing number of divers visit the group of islands to unfold the mysteries of the serene corals.

 

NINEPIN GROUP

Hexagonal rock structures that have been formed due to the slow cooling off of volcanic rock and lava form the landscape for these islands. These largely unpopulated islands attract geologists to study the untouched land.

 

DOUBLE HAVEN

Ranging from the strange rock formations at Ap Chau to the mysterious caves at Crooked Island and the mesmerizing beaches at Double Island, Double Haven has something to offer to everyone.

 

TUNG PING CHAU

Tung Ping Chau is located on the easternmost coast of Hong Kong. After a vibrant history of being an important port, a centre for opium smuggling, a military base, a group of farming villages, these islands are mostly deserted today with the last recorded population of 8.

 

PORT ISLAND & BLUFF HEAD

These islands are home to the famous rock formation known as the ‘Devil’s Fist’ formed by the estuarine deposits of deltas, over millions of years. Similar landscapes in China fall under the category of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

TOLO CHANNEL

The rocks found along Tolo Channel are the oldest in the region. The most prominent fault line of Hong Kong runs through this channel. The channel lies south of the Plover Cove and connects the Tolo Harbour to Mirs Bay.

 

PLOVER COVE

Plover Cove, lying in the New Territories region of the Geopark, is home to the largest reservoir in Hong Kong. The reservoir, apart from providing breathtaking views of the island also is a source of rich history and diverse aquatic life. It is a popular destination for hikers, cyclists and for people  on a history trail.

Plover Cove provides an excellent hiking trail for the people who don’t mind sweating it out a little. The circuit that winds around the reservoir is about 16 kilometres long and takes around six to seven hours to complete, depending on the speed of the hiker. The trail passes through some of the highest peaks of Hong Kong, rustic little villages and hamlets, cliffs and breathtaking seascapes.

 

ADVENTURE TOURS, HONG KONG

Adventure Tours, Hong Kong, aims to share the experience of uncovering little gems of Hong Kong’s natural history and beauty. Wouter van Marle, the man behind Adventure Tours, aims to give participants a broader and deeper experience of Hong Kong.

Adventure Tours, with Mozaic Club, is offering an eco tour of the Plover Cove Country Park.

While only one part of the Geopark, Plover Cove’s rich ecology and geology, and untouched terrain, make it a great spot for hikers.

The eco tour will cover the greatest hits of Plover Cove, including the wonderful waterfalls at Bride's Pool and at the Mirror Pool, the nearby Wu Kau Tang village and long-abandoned Ha Miu Tin, the duck-shaped Mandarin Duck Pool, Sam A Chung’s mangrove marches, and near-abandoned Sam A Tsuen. The group will then head out in a speedboat to view Double Haven, the Devil’s Fist and Tolo Channel before heading back to Tai Po Market station.

A packed and rewarding day spending time in nature – a day of detox from the urban jungle!

 

SPECIFICS

Mozaic Club, in collaboration with Adventure Tours, is organising an Eco Geo Tour of Plover Cove in the Hong Kong Geopark on December 3, 2017 from 9:00am to 5:30pm. If you are interested in participating, please click the following button for more information.

 

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