Did you know Hong Kong has an incredible UNESCO Global Geopark? There are two geological regions to explore in Hong Kong. Sai Kung offers widely distributed hexagonal rock columns which you can view by boat, kayak, or via a hike. Hexagonal rock columns, which are a major feature of the Geopark, were produced by a series of violent volcanic eruptions in Sai Kung 140 million years ago. In the New Territories, the formations comprise of sedimentary rocks formed in different geologic periods, showcasing the complete geological history of Hong Kong.
There are a variety of ways you can explore Hong Kong’s Geopark with kids! We have picked our top 4 ways to explore and enjoy the Geopark. Have fun.
The adventure starts with a 45-minute junk ride then a 25-minute speedboat ride to transfer to Sai Kung waterfront. Whizz by the stunning volcanic coastline, sea caves, and arches. Be on the lookout as you might just spot Hong Kong’s rare White Bellied Sea Eagle before docking at the fishing village and Kayak base. Families can arrange their weekly tour or book their own private tour group.
Adventures await at this easily accessible island packed full of geological family fun! Pack a picnic and hop on a sampan from Sai Kung's pier (just ask any of the folks selling tickets along the promenade) and in ten minutes you'll be at Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau). Beach play, rock pools, and hiking awaits…a perfect outing for all ages.
Sharp Island, Head to Sai Kung's Public Pier and ask a sampan to take you across to Sharp Island, www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s4f11.htm. Costs vary from HK$5 - HK$30 per person.
For those looking to book a boat tour, you can grab tickets for one of the local tours. They offer ongoing tours to explore Hong Kong's Sai Kung islands and the Northeast New Territories too. Just click here to book your families tickets.
Geopark Tours, http://www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s2b1.htm
Want to learn more? Conveniently located at Sai Kung Waterfront Park, this Centre is a great place to learn all about Hong Kong's Geopark. The 1,000-square-foot centre showcases a 1:1 scale hexagonal exhibit to show the size of the rock formations. A range of rock specimens, with some collected locally and many others from other places around the world, are also on display. Visitors to the Centre can take a peek at the huge columns before they depart for visiting the marvelous Geopark.
Other Parts Of Hong Kong TO Explore For Geopark Fun:
Ung Kong Group
Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region
North and south coasts of Tolo Channel
Port Island — Bluff Head
Tung Ping Chau
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