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The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark is an interesting area in the northeast region (including large part of Sai Kung), covering a vast area where you may take in spectacular coastal view, explore rock formation dating back hundreds of millions of years ago, as well as go back time in ancient villages. Some of the sites can be viewed from a boat, others require hiking. As you can see from the map below, Ap Chau and Crooked Island are both on the northeast area accessible by ferry at the weekends. UNESCO Global Geopark of Hong Kong 香港世界地質公園 Ap Chau — The Smallest Inhabited Island in Hong Kong Measuring only 4 hectares (0.04 square kilometers), Ap Chau (used to be known as Robinson Island) is the smallest inhabited Island in Hong Kong. It is hard to imagine that there were 1,000 residents on the island at its peak. Today, there are 3 recorded residents on the island. Having said that, there was a school which was converted into a story room of Ap Chau, featuring the settlement history and old utensils…

Hiking or eco travel has become more popular these days as we all want to go out to do some exercise, get some sun and breathe fresh air. Sunblock and insect repellent are important items to carry, particularly in the summer because you will be picking the trails in shades. Simple. Why more mosquitoes in the summer? As the hot weather of summer arrives, mosquito season reaches its peak. The warm temperatures make them pass through their life cycle faster, laying eggs, hatching and growing fast. What attracts mosquitoes? The answer is not “you” or “me”. Mosquitoes are attracted to a number of things according to various researches: Carbon dioxideWe all emit carbon dioxide when we breathe out. We also produce more when we are active, such as during exercise and hiking. Mosquitoes detect changes in carbon dioxide in their environment and will find their potential host nearby. ColorsResearch has shown that mosquitoes are attracted to dark color. So people with dark skin tend to attract mosquitoes which is also more active in shades, dusk and dawn. Body order, heat and body vaporMosquitoes…

Off the cost of Clear Water Bay in Sai Kung, Tung Lung Chau (Chau = island in Cantonese) is one of the few outlying islands where you may only visit at the weekend when the ferries are running. However, there are certainly more ferries than other remote islands such as Po Toi Island, Crooked Island and Tung Ping Chau. “Tung Lung” pheonetically sounds like “hole” in Cantonese. That’s the origin of the name given by the locals because the island features many sea caves that look like holes on the wall. While there are very few residents today, this small island attracts hundreds of visitors at the weekend to go camping, rock climbing or coasteering. Monuments and Lighthouse on the Island Tung Lung Chau Light house 東龍洲燈塔 Ancient rock carving in Tung Lung Chau 東龍洲石刻HIking Trail towards Tathong Point 南堂尾 There are a few sight seeing spots on Tung Lung Island. The first monument is the ancient rock carving measuring 1.8m by 2.4m. It was the earliest ancient rock carving recorded in Hong Kong and was declared a monument in…

Locating in Yuen Long District, the northwest of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Wetland Park is a 61-hectare park featuring board walks, mangroves fields, bird hides, flora and fauna found in Hong Kong, and a large indoor education centre. The park was intended as an ecological mitigation area (EMA) to compensate the urban development of this area which was rural villages and fish ponds. Now, it is a showcase of bio-diversity in Hong Kong. BoardwalkMaze Chinese Pond HeronCommon TigerThere are a variety of dragon flies around the lily pond area Bird watching, butterfly garden, and Learning center The park was well designed with various facilities to showcase the bio-diversity of Hong Kong. There are freshwater marsh, ponds, wooden, mangrove boardwalks, bird hides, and butterfly garden. It is a great outdoor classroom to learn about the variety of flora and fauna, and observe the mudskippers, crabs, birds, butterflies and dragonflies up close. Fiddler crabsBird photographers gathered in bird hides to take photosLiving Wetland Gallery features information about wetlands around the world. Find the Origin of Hong Kong Agarwood Hong Kong is a phonetic translation…

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