Thousand Columns Coastline

Hexagonal Volcanic Rock at Fa Shan, Sai Kung
Hexagonal Volcanic Rock at Fa Shan (Photo by Paul Chen)

The most spectacular rock wonder in Hong Kong can be seen on the east side of Fa Shan in southeast Sai Kung. Thousands of hexagonal rock columns are spread along the shore, demonstrating to us the formation of volcanic extrusive rocks 140 million years ago (Cretaceous).

To get a perfect view of these rare natural prodigies, follow Maclehose Trail Stage 1 to East Dam of High Island Reservoir. Climb up along the little trail of Fa Shan and reach its east cliff to admire the nature’s exquisite works.

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In 2003, I moved to Hong Kong with a dream of traveling around the world. Later I found out, HK is an amazing "mini world". Other than skyscrapers, a few steps outside the modern city, it has steep hills, winding coastlines, outlying islands, millions of years volcanic rocks, remote beaches, unspoilt fishing villages, secret waterfalls, wild animals and ancient forests. Follow me now to explore the Hong Kong less traveled.