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Thursday, August 13, 2020
Hexagonal Volcanic Rock at Fa Shan 花生萬柱海岸
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...
Rock Strata, Dragon Diving into the Sea at Tung Ping Chau
At the west coast of Tung Ping Chau, hikers can see an interesting geological phenomenon called "Dragon diving into the sea". The white rock strata lying obliquely on the coast looks like the backbone of a dragon and extends from the coast into the sea. It is actually caused by differential weathering between rock strata consisting mostly of quartz and...
Wong Chuk Kok Tsui is considered as one of the best hiking wonderland in Hong Kong. The best-known landmark on Wong Chuk Kok Tsui is the "Devil's Fist". Weathering and erosion occurred along the sandstone bedding forms the shape of the "fingers".  And its bottom after being eroded by sea waves forms the shape of a narrow "wrist", which is...
Yin Tsz Ngam at Tai Long Wan Sai Kung | 西貢大浪灣燕子岩
Yin Tsz Ngam literally means Swallow Cave in Chinese. It is actually several caves located at the northeast coast of Tai Yue Ngam Teng where lots of swallows and bats build their nests. Suffered from the northeast monsoon and tide for millions of years, the coastline of Sai Kung Peninsula is full of amazing geological miracles, such as volcanic rock...
Hakka Village at Lai Chi Wo in Double Heaven
Lai Chi Wo is a Hakka Village located at the west coast of Yan Chau Tong Marine Park. Most Hakka villages in Hong Kong were built on hillsides. Typically backing onto dense fung shui woods, these rural settlements have crop fields in the front to serve as sunning grounds and venues for village activities. Further up are ponds, where fish...
High Island Reservoir seen from Tai She Teng 大蛇頂望萬宜水庫
Kwun Mun Channel originally separated the High Island from the Sai Kung Peninsula. But from 1971 to 1978, High Island Reservoir was built to supply fresh water to Hong Kong people. Its West Dam and East Dam connects High Island with the Sai Kung Peninsula, but it is still known for the 4th largest island in Hong Kong. According...
Coastal Heritiera Forest and White-flowered Derris 銀葉古林和白花魚藤
The mudflat east of Lai Chi Wo Village is situated in an intertidal zone. Regularly submerged in water, the mud here is soft and wet. However, it is still drier than the seaside mudflats at low tide, and a few plant species can survive here. Coastal Heritiera is one of them. Coastal Heritiera is very rare in Hong Kong, but...
Along the coastlines of Hong Kong, you can find lots of sea caves, which are formed primarily by the wave action of the sea at the weak zone of the rocks. Mok Min Cave (木棉桐) is the best-known sea cave that can be reached on land. When the tide is low, people can get inside and walk through. Mok Min Cave...
Wang Chau at Sai Kung
Wang Chau is a small outlying island at the southeast of Sai Kung and belongs to the Hong Kong Global Geopark. It is part of the Early Cretaceous Kau Sai Chau Volcanic Group. Here hikers can see stunning geological sceneries, such as volcanic rock columns, sea caves, sea-cut platforms and so on. The rock minerals in these volcanic rocks are...
Po Pin Chau Sea Stack seen from High Island Reservoir East Dam 破邊洲-萬宜水庫-東壩
As the Chinese name implies, Po Pin Chau is an island cut away from the mainland. It was once a part of Fa Shan. Po Pin Chau was formed in several stages. The impact of pounding waves on Fa Shan resulted in progressive erosion on the weaker rock strata until a sea cave was formed. Over time, the cave became...