Aside from its modern cityscape, man-made theme parks and colorful culture, Hong Kong also boasts of rich natural attractions that both locals and tourists can appreciate and help preserve. Among these resources are the verdant mountains and pristine beaches.
Some of the lesser known but equally remarkable natural attractions in Hong Kong are its exotic geological landforms, a product of the earth’s movements and volcanic activity over the past thousands of years.
Called the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, these locations feature some of the most interesting and breathtaking land formations in Hong Kong. It covers an area of 50 square kilometres across parts of the Eastern and Northeastern New Territories, particularly the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region.
The scenic areas in the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region are the High Island and High Island Reservoir, Ung Kong Group: Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island, Ninepin Group and Sharp Island. Incuded in the Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region are the Double Haven, North and south coasts of Tolo Channel, Port Island — Bluff Head (Wong Chuk Kok Tsui) and Tung Ping Chau.
These attractions are comprised of a variety of natural formations such as volcanic rock columns, sea caves, stacks and arches, as well as tombolos. On September 18, 2011, UNESCO listed the Geopark as part of its Global Geoparks Network.
Many of the Geopark’s attractions are in secluded locations and best appreciated in a guided tour. For more information about Geo Tours, check out www.geopark.gov.hk.
Hong Kong Global Geopark of China Photos