Geopark Hong Kong Hiking 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. One of them is in the region of the High Island water reservoir, the destination of this tour.
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 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 along the reservoir, in the Sai Kung East Country Park, and continues on 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 walk southwards and leave the service road to join a smaller path leading down towards the coast. A Hakka village is nestled into the valley next to a plain that used to be cultivated farmland and rice paddies. The beautiful beach in front might invite one or the other visitor for a dip in the sea.
We move on to Leung Shuen Wan, which consists of three old Hakka villages. Here the fishing community is still active: the weather-protected bay is ideal for fish cultivation. We’ll treat ourselves to a Seafood meal at one of the Restaurants here.After lunch, we visit the magnificent Tin Hau Temple of Leung Shuen Wan. Modern fisherman and their families still make offerings here before heading out to sea. We return back to Sai Kung by water, on a traditional junk.
While on the water, we see more Geopark wonders of hexagonal columnar joints, Sharp Island which is connected by a tombolo to the small island of Kiu Tau, Kau Sai Chau (site of Hong Kong’s spectacularly sited three public golf courses complex), an island for fishermen's graves and the inland water dam wall of High Island Reservoir.
Cost: HKD 1,000 per person, includes transport and lunch
Total tour time: 8 hours Tour starts at 8.30am, outside the General Post Office, 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Walking distance: 4km Grade: easy Facilities: Toilets en route Tour operates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
General requirements Please book through our booking form and provide us with a contact phone number in Hong Kong, or the name of the hotel where you are staying, plus the name the booking is made in.
We need notification of any cancellation before the morning of your tour, as no-shows do inconvenience our other clients. It is also important that you ring us if you are delayed, as it may be possible to direct you to another meeting point en route.
Footwear We recommend that you wear either robust walking shoes or trainers/sneakers. Casual sandals or open shoes are not suitable for trails, which can be rocky in places.
Clothing Sun and rainfall can be intense and a hat is recommended. During the winter season (November - March) temperatures can drop with a chilling wind, so a sweater/fleece is advisable. During the wet season (April - September) a waterproof jacket is recommended. In warmer months (May - October) it is advisable to carry a spare T-shirt or other garment to change into at the end of the hike.
Skin Protection Suntan lotion should be used throughout the year, and applied frequently during the hike.
Water Please carry sufficient water for your own needs. In the warmer months, this may equate to one litre for every two hours of walking. Dehydration is a real risk on hot days. Choose mineralised rather than distilled water. Consider an electrolyte replacement drink as well.
Personal needs Please notify us of any medical conditions that we should be aware of. We will assume clients have their own medications for asthma or known illnesses. Insect repellent is not obligatory, but advisable if you tend to attract insects.
Payment Payment can be made in cash at the start of the tour, or by electronic money transfer pre-tour. Prices quoted in Hong Kong dollars. HKD7.75 = USD1.00 Schedule This tour operates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday only. We need a minimum of 3 participants booked to run the tour.