- Type: Climbing
NileGuide Expert tip:
8 land tour routes and 2 boat tour routes have been developed at the different geo-areas for your convenience
- Right in the concrete cosmopolitan jungle of Hong Kong the last thing you'd expect to find are world class myriad landforms. Hong Kong is so blessed with the best geological locations in the world and you'll see many rocks are near country trails or within close proximity to urban districts. Such unique advantage makes it ideal for you to go for an offbeat geological discovery day trip.
Although modest in size, Hong Kong has an impressive showcase of intriguing natural landforms. You'll find wave-cut sea cliffs, sea caves, sea arches, geos, sea stacks, notches and blowholes. Lying alongside are beaches, alluvial plains and mudflats which have come about thanks to millions of years of sedimentation. Inland areas showcase a variety of weathering characteristics. Terrain features arising from physical, chemical or biological weathering effects are prominent across peaks and valleys, ravines and escarpments. Amongst these, geological relics in the eastern region is most unique and highly valued by geologists.
To top it all, The long, sinuous coastline is indeed a natural geological gallery, featuring spectacular landforms and rock formations shaped by waves and weathering. Most of these attractions are effectively managed and protected because they lie within the borders of country parks or marine parks.
The rocks are prized natural assets to Hong Kong so remember that when you visit you have to observe the Hong Kong Geopark's strict set of codes and safety guidelines:
1. Never go on a rock or landform appreciation trip alone.
2. Never go on a rock or landform appreciation trip in adverse weather.
3. Plan a safe trip with reference to the tidal information posted on the Hong Kong Observatory's website. Be aware that some coastal areas may not be accessible at all times.
4. Plan a route with a proper trail that ALL members of your group may reasonably handle.
5. Some islands and coastal areas may be difficult to access and are only suitable for boat trips. Avoid visiting them when strong easterly winds prevail.
6. Remain alert to changes in the surrounding environment and any potential hazards, such as rapids, cliffs and steep slopes. Exercise extra caution when rock surfaces are wet.
7. Do not climb the rock columns or trample on severely weathered or eroded surfaces. Watch out for shifting or slippery rocks.
8. Wear suitable hiking shoes, hats and clothes. Also take gloves, first-aid kits and weather-proof clothes with you.
9. Mobile phone coverage may vary from place to place. Leave details of your route and expected return time with someone, for raising the alarm if necessary.
10. Use only tour guides who have outdoor training and first-aid skills.
11. Use only boat operators who comply with all the safety requirements and have life jackets for all passengers.
12. Do not take away any rock, fossil, mineral or silt. It is an offence to dig up, damage or deface any rocks in Hong Kong.
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