Geopark Hong Kong Walking Tour a unique natural area with special geological, natural and cultural landscapes Sai Kung Country Park, High Island Reservior, New Territories, Hong Kong
The ever-surprising Hong Kong has a myriad of interesting landforms. The long and sinuous coastline is a natural geological gallery, featuring spectacular landforms and rock formations formed by volcanic activities 140 million years ago and shaped by waves and weathering. The Hong Kong Geopark, opened November 2009, comprises of eight major geological sites and is of International stature.
The High Island Reservoir opened in 1978, was built as a direct result of the water shutdown by mainland China, during the 1967 riots, in order to alleviate Hong Kong's fresh water shortage with a capacity of approximately 273 million cubic metres. The construction, contracted by a Japanese company, cost more than HKD $400 million and spanned a 10 year period. This beautiful area was virtually inaccessible until the 1970s.
Our walking tour starts alongside the reservoir, in the Sai Kung East Country Park, and journeys to its easternmost end. From here we view the magnificent hexagonal columnar joints, one of the largest geological formations of this kind in the world. We walk in this area and further around the corner to take in the view of Long Ke. Here we can see how wind and water has crafted unique sea caves along the Sai Kung Peninsula coastline.
Coming back along the reservoir service road we travel by taxi on part of the famous 100km MacLehose hiking trail and into the Sai Kung Country Park. Both sections of the walk afford either turquoise blue reservoir or terrific sea views out to the many surrounding islands. We leave the service road to join a lush green pathway used by villagers many years ago. From above we view the site of a refugee camp for Vietnamese boat people (closed 1998), an island for fishermen's graves, Hong Kong's only public golf courses on Kai Sai Chau and marine fish farms.
We end the tour with a visit to the Sheung Yiu Hakka Village Museum, a Hakka settlement. This is a compact and carefully preserved village, situated along the Lung Hang River. A Hakka clan named Wong settled here 150 years ago when the coast was plagued by pirates and waterborne bandits. The village features homes built behind stout stone walls on a protective knoll, overlooking a narrow cove. The villagers moved on in the 1950s, around the same time farming began a gradual decline in Hong Kong. Cost: HK$800.00 per person, includes transport Total tour time 8.5 hours Tour starts at 8.30am, outside the General Post Office, 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Walking distance: 4km Grade: easy/moderate Facilities: Toilets en route Sheung Yiu museum closed Tuesdays. Need to take picnic lunch and water supplies
Hi Marco, thank you for the pictures. The trip was very nice, the countryside was wonderful and you and Jackie were very friendly. Charlotte Geopark was cool, awesome and exiting. Fred Merci à nos deux guides Marco et Jackie, très sympathiques et professionels qui nous ont fait découvrir l'histoire volcanique de Sai Kung à travers une belle randonnée et appris beaucoup de choses sur Hong Kong et sa culture. Eliane
Hi !!!!! Everybody thanks you very much!!!! Is the best day of my vacation i realy love this days !!!! Thanks you for all people here, explication, videos, pictures, view... I miss you !!! I LOVE APPLE PIE !!!!!! Thanks you MARCO POLO see you !!! =) !!! Tara Accart !!!
Bonsoir Marc, encore merci pour cette tres belle journee hier avec vous tous, merci a Jackie pour sa gentillesse et ses photos magnifiques, Surement a une prochaine fois, Nathalie
Private tours of Geopark
Our journey starts, as with the trip to the Geopark, and returning along the High Island Reservoir dam wall, then a side trip into the area described below.
From about the 14th Century fishing folk lived on their boats in sheltered inlets in the Sai Kung peninsula. Later they founded coastal villages, building temples in honour of Sea Godess, Tin Hau, in places of permanent anchorage. The agricultural settlement of these areas came later.
Our trip will take us down to the old settlement of Tung Au on the waters edge. En route we pass one of the smallest schools in Hong Kong, now abandoned, and then onto to a wonderful Tin Hau temple built in the Ching Dynasty. Modern fisherman and their families still make offerings here before heading out to sea. Inside the temple, you can see a two hundred kilogram copper bell and a sedan chair.
Coming into the area, we are surrounded by fish farms and old Hakka clan village houses. Here we will rest and have a seafood feast, before continuing to Sai Kung town on a local wooden junk, a journey of about a 40 minutes. While on the water we see more Geo park wonders of the hexagonal columnar joints, Sharp Island which is connected by a tombolo to the small island of Kiu Tau, also Kau Sai Chau, (site of our spectacularly sited three public golf courses complex), the island for the fishermen's graves and the inland water dam wall of High Island Reservoir.
Total tour time 8.5 hours Walking distance: 4km Grade: easy Facilities: Toilets en route
A tombolo is a deposition landform in which an island is attached to the mainland by a narrow piece of land such as a spit or bar. Once attached, the island is then known as a tied island.