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.
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 hiking 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 will walk in this area, learning the history.
From here we head out on the peninsula to Po Pin Chau. This is for the more sure-footed among us, as it is not a well-maintained path, but if you like hiking this is where you find giant stacks that emerged when a complete hill was slashed into two by natural forces. It is undoubtedly a fine example among similar geological attractions. Geology enthusiasts will certainly cherish the opportunity to see these towering rock stacks and fascinating hexagonal joints.
Cost: HK$800 per person, includes transport Total tour time 8.5 hours Tour starts at 8.30am, outside the General Post Office (beside the green stamp-vending machines), 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Grade: strenous Hike to Po Pin Chau 2 hours Facilities: Toilets en route. Need to take picnic lunch and water supplies
General requirements Please 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. HK$7.75 = US$1.00 Schedule Our tours and hikes are driven by client demand. Please consult our website for the current schedule.
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