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APGN Exchange Week at Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

 
APGN Exchange Week at Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

As part of our collective endeavours for the ongoing betterment of the APGN, representatives from the Chinese Geoparks Network and the Japanese Geoparks Network participated in “APGN Exchange Week” at the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGG) from 14 to 20 December 2016. The exchange programme focused on sharing experience and facilitating mutual learning on the APGN platform.

In the seven-day programme, managers and specialists from Alxa Desert UNESCO Global Geopark, Arxan Geopark, Aso UNESCO Global Geopark, Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark, San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark, Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark, Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark, Nanki Kumano Geopark, Sakurajima-Kinkowan Geopark and Tateyama Kurobe Geopark exchanged views on geopark management and the promotion of geotourism. The participants also discussed and shared their experience on the difficulties and opportunities regarding the promotion of sustainable geotourism.

The geopark managers and specialists also went on excursions to various geosites to learn about HKUGG’s work on geoconservation, science popularization, interpretation panel design and visitor facilities. During their visit, they met with indigenous communities, geopark partners, and geopark schools. Geopark representatives commented that this programme was fruitful and conducive to knowledge exchange in APGN.

23 December, 2016


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark kicks off its “Visibility-Enhancement Initiative”

 
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On 3 and 4 December 2016, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGG) participated in the 2nd Sai Kung District art fair, called Sai Kung Art And About. Local artists were invited to beautify the gateway of HKUGG at the Volcano Discovery Centre near the Sai Kung waterfront promenade. Visitors and students from different communities participated in the creation of a geopark-themed mural and enjoyed promoting UNESCO Global Geoparks through art painting. The event enhanced the HKUGG’s visibility, helped foster a closer connection between the local community and HKUGG, and nurtured a sense of community pride among the participants.

8 December, 2016


Visit of a Delegation of the Urban Management Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

 
Visit of a Delegation of the Urban Management Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

A delegation comprising managerial staff of the Urban Management Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality and Dapeng Peninsula National Geopark visited Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) on 20 September 2016. The delegates were visited to the Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre, the Volcano Discovery Centre and Sai Kung town to see how Hong Kong Geopark forms a win-win partnership with the local community to promote district sustainable development. Led by Hong Kong Geopark staff, the delegates went on a study tour to the High Island Geo Trail in the High Island Geo-Area, where they were given a detailed presentation of Hong Kong Geopark’s interpretation system, planning and management. It was also a wonderful opportunity to share experience in organising science-popularisation educational activities.

1 October, 2016


A Colouring Adventure into Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

 
A Colouring Adventure into Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

Education at all levels is at the core of the UNESCO Global Geopark concept. From academic to local community groups, UNESCO Global Geoparks encourage awareness of the story of our planet. To help achieve this objective, in collaboration with local communities, we have put together this first UNESCO Global Geopark-inspired colouring book, titled A Colouring Adventure into Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark”.

Featuring over 30 geological, ecological and cultural heritage features in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, this intricately designed colouring book aims to popularize earth science and to improve the visibility of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and the Global Geoparks Network. Alongside the drawings are simple, easy-to-understand captions that give information about the natural and cultural heritage features in each drawing.

Let this new colouring book take you on an enchanting journey into Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark!

26 September, 2016


Annual Exchange between Students from Geoparks of Hong Kong and Japan

 
Annual Exchange between Students from Geoparks of Hong Kong and Japan

On 29 July and 19 August 2016, activities in the 6th Student Exchange Programme, jointly organised by Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) and the Japan Global Geoparks Network, were successfully held. Some 80 students and teachers from Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark, Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark and Hong Kong Geopark took part. This year’s exchange was packed with interesting elements. Representatives from Unzen hiked along the High Island Geotrail and took the new boardwalk to explore the sea caves. Representatives from Itoigawa visited Lai Chi Wo, guided by local villagers, to experience the interaction and vigour of Hong Kong Geopark and its local communities. Local and Japanese students also participated in interactive exchange sessions on geology, ecology and cultural heritage.

Hong Kong Geopark established twinning partnerships with Itoigawa Geopark and Unzen Volcanic Area Geopark in 2009 and August 2016, respectively. These sister relationships play a key role in strengthening collaboration among members of the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network. A Hong Kong Geopark spokesman said, “These mutual visits and exchanges are an important part of our geopark twinning agreements. Cultural exchange between students of two different regions helps broaden horizons and plant seeds of hope for the continuing sustainable development of geoparks and the promotion of earth science.”

video please click to see visit of Unzen and Itoigawa.

1 September, 2016


Volcano Model Making Workshop for the “Mare Nostrum: Roman Navy and Pompeii” exhibition

 
Volcano Model Making Workshop for the “Mare Nostrum: Roman Navy and Pompeii” exhibition

A Volcano Model Making Workshop for the “Mare Nostrum: Roman Navy and Pompeii” exhibition, jointly presented by Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) and the Hong Kong Museum of History, concluded with success on 24 August 2016. The event enjoyed an overwhelming response and provided a memorable experience for the participating students and parents. The volcano model on display is a replica of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted with devastating force on 24 August 79 AD. This natural disaster disrupted the peaceful life of Pompeii, and the ancient city was buried under volcanic ash for more than 1,000 years. To commemorate this significant historical event, which took place over 1,930 years ago, Hong Kong Geopark co-organised this exhibition, which highlights the unusual features of this volcanic eruption and relates it to the violent eruptions that occurred in Hong Kong’s Sai Kung region 140 million years ago. In the workshop, the participants enjoyed a fully immersive experience in volcanic eruption by making their own volcano models with realistic eruption effects.

Hong Kong Geopark also provided volcanology information to the Hong Kong Museum of History and loaned out rock samples as exhibits for the “Mare Nostrum: Roman Navy and Pompeii” exhibition. By working with different geopark partners, we strive to popularise geoscience and promote geo-conservation awareness among the general public so that our natural environment will be more affectionately protected.

video please click here for video.

30 August, 2016


Public Seminar 2016: Marine Parks and Marine Ecological Resources

 
Public Seminar 2016: Marine Parks and Marine Ecological Resources

As part of our efforts to enhance the synergy between Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and the Hong Kong Marine Parks, a series of public seminars, including one titled “Getting to know Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark”, are being held in July and August 2016. During the first seminar, a representative of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark provided the audience with an overview of the integrated protected-area system in Hong Kong and shared the latest developments in the protection and management of Hong Kong Geopark. The seminar had a diverse audience and in addition to promoting Hong Kong Geopark, it facilitated valued mutual exchange between the public and the geopark team.

For more information on the Seminar, please click here.

26 July, 2016


Book Release: Hong Kong Geopark Food Map

 
Hong Kong Geopark Food Map

Hong Kong Geopark is located in the northeast part of Hong Kong. It is a single entity, covering all the geo-areas and geo-sites within it, as well as the geopark communities, which are closely tied to the geo-areas through culture and livelihood.

Unlike geological park, the UNESCO Global Geoparks should focus not only on geological and geomorphological conservation; they should also enhance socio-economic development in the local community. To this end, Hong Kong Geopark has been working as a facilitator to assist local restaurants to create some geological dishes for visitors, to promote interest in the geopark, enrich the visitor experience, and boost the local economy. In addition to traditional Hakka dishes in the northeast district, there are a variety of popular dishes available in other parts of the Hong Kong Geopark.

A guidebook entitled “Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark – Food Map” has been prepared to promote “community ownership” and the local products of HKGP. We seek to tell the story of the local communities and their culture through the food they serve.

Please visit the link below and explore the story behind every bite! http://www.hkr2g.net/foodmap/eng/index.html#foodmap/page1

8 July, 2016


New Visitor Facilities - Explore a Sea Cave on the High Island Geo-trail

 
New Visitor Facilities - Explore a Sea Cave on the High Island Geo-trail

The East Dam, in the High Island Geo-area of Sai Kung, is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Two other popular attractions in the geo-area are the world-famous hexagonal rock columns and a sea cave, located at the far end of the High Island Geo-trail.

To provide a safe environment for visitors to view the sea cave at close quarters, the High Island Geo-trail is being extended and enhanced with visitor facilities, including a wooden boardwalk and interpretation panels newly installed at the end of the trail. The boardwalk, meandering alongside a mirror-like pool between the main dam and the auxiliary dam of the High Island Reservoir, offers an unobstructed view of the sea cave.

There are also three interpretation panels in place, explaining the formation of the sea cave, the Kwun Mun Channel and the wave-breaking blocks at the East Dam.

These enhanced visitor facilities, designed to provide access for visitors of all ages, are now open to the public. Visitors can sign up for one of the guided tours operated by the local Sai Kung community at the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre, or download or pick up a self-guided tour map at the Centre, and explore the High Island Geo-trail.

For more information on the East Dam Half-Day Tour, please visit: http://www.volcanodiscoverycentre.hk/en/guided-tour

30 May, 2016


Hong Kong Geopark Teams up with the Scout Association of Hong Kong to Host the First Canoeing and Science-Popularisation Event

 
Hong Kong Geopark Teams up with the Scout Association of Hong Kong to Host the First Canoeing and Science-Popularisation Event

On 17 April 2016, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China (Hong Kong Geopark) co-organised the first science-popularisation sea voyage, called “Global Geopark Sea Excursion”, with the Scout Association of Hong Kong. The one-day event was organised to provide geotour guide training for Scout Association members and leaders. Activities included an introduction to geology and a site visit to the Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail in Hong Kong Geopark.

The excursion began at Tai Mei Tuk. The participants headed for Ma Shi Chau in canoes and dragon boats, enjoying the lovely Plover Cove seascapes along the way. They were briefed on Hong Kong Geopark’s rock formations and trail facilities, and there were talks on earth science and basic geotour guiding skills. Incorporating earth science knowledge with scout training, the event presented the features of Hong Kong Geopark to the young people and fostered a culture of cherishing the environment, playing an important part in promoting sustainable development through geological education.

A representative of the Scout Association of Hong Kong said, “We haven’t had any canoeing or dragon boat activities of this scale in recent years. The geotour guide training session added diversity to the programme, and I look forward to more opportunities to work with Hong Kong Geopark in the future.”

A Hong Kong Geopark spokesman said, “We’re thrilled about our first cooperation activity with the Scout Association of Hong Kong. This event offered the new generation an opportunity for physical and spiritual development in a fun-packed way. The participants experienced the pleasure of learning in an outdoor setting. Hong Kong Geopark will continue to host new and innovative science-popularisation activities to promote earth science and enhance public awareness of the importance of nature conservation.”

3 May, 2016


Thai Scholars Visit Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

 
Thai Scholars Visit Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

More than 20 experts from the Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood & Mineral Resources, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand, visited Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Global Geopark) from 22 to 25 March 2016. Escorted by our Recommended Geopark Guides (R2Gs), the group toured several geo-areas in the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region.

On 23 March, they joined a talk on the development and management of UNESCO global geoparks, organised by Hong Kong Global Geopark. The session was also attended by geopark representatives from Japan and a number of local groups. Representatives of Hong Kong Global Geopark gladly shared with the participants their experience in application submissions, constructing and developing a global geopark and revalidation process. They also explained how Hong Kong Global Geopark works with local groups and communities and discussed the results of these efforts.

19 April, 2016

 


Regional Networking at the Japanese Geoparks Network - Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Forum 2016

 
Regional Networking at the Japanese Geoparks Network - Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Forum 2016

A representative of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China was invited to visit four Japanese geoparks – Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark, Aso UNESCO Global Gepoark and Oki Island UNESCO Global Geopark – for the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) Forum 2016 from 2 to 9 April 2016. During the visit, the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark representative shared our insights on local engagement, regional networking, the development and promotion of sustainable geotourism, and science popularization in a UNESCO Global Geopark with the locals and geopark managers from Japan.

The Hong Kong Geopark representative said he was honored to be invited to work with the Japanese geoparks. "The Asia Pacific Geoparks Network is an ideal platform for regional exchange and collaboration,” he said. “The APGN Forum 2016, the visits to the Japanese geoparks, and the e-classroom conducted between the Hong Kong Geopark team and the Aso Geopark team has intensified our collaboration and deepened the mutual understanding between Hong Kong Geopark and the Japanese Geoparks Network."

"As a close co-operation partner, we treasure our relationship with Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, regarding it as an importation intellectual hub within and beyond the APGN" said Mr. Toru Yoneda, Chairman of the Japanese Geoparks Network. "We look forward to motivating our geopark teams and improving our work with Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark as partners in both the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network and the Global Geoparks Network."

15 April, 2016

 


Australian Geologist visited Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

 
Australian Geologist visited Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

An experienced geo-tourism practitioner and geologist from Australia, Ms Monica Yeung, visited Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKGP) on 17 March 2016. She visited the Hong Kong Global Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre, the Geopark Visitor Centre at the Lions Nature Education Centre, and the High Island Geo-trail. HKGP staff exchanged views with Monica on approaches in Australia and Hong Kong to local sustainable socio-economic development, geo-tourism and science popularisation.

During her visit to the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region, Monica also visited some of the restaurants and cafés that participated in the Hong Kong Global Geopark Gourmet Competition held in January 2016. She said she thoroughly appreciated the creative geo-themed gourmet dishes created by the local restaurants and cafés. HKGP will continue to devise new initiatives to promote geo-tourism and sustainable socio-economic development.

23 March, 2016

 


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Joins Local Communities for Lunar New Year Celebrations

 
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Joins Local Communities for Lunar New Year Celebrations

Rural villages across Hong Kong held celebration ceremonies to usher in the Year of the Monkey. The seven Hing Chuen Yeuk villages in the Double Haven Geo-Area of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark were no exception. We were very pleased to be invited to the Lunar New Year celebration organised by the seven villages. It was a joyful day, with the villagers and partners treated to a traditional Hakka Feast of Nine Dishes. There was also an auspicious kirin dance to welcome the Year of the Monkey.

The villagers said it was a particularly happy occasion with last month’s successful launch of the kaito ferry service between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo.

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23 February, 2016

 


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2015

 
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2015

The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2015, which summarized our major activities in 2015, has been released. During the reporting period, Hong Kong Geopark continued to adopt a flexible approach in supporting and promoting conservation and sustainable development through harnessing the effort of the community which contribute towards improving the livelihood of the rural community and the conservation of natural and traditional value.

As an active member of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), China Geoparks Network and Asia Pacific Geoparks Network, we are committed to serving as an intellectual hub for all three networks. Hong Kong Geopark continued our active participation in the regional and global geopark movements in 2015. At the same time, We are committed to improve our services and cater for the growing needs of visitors.

PDF [ READ REPORT ]

3 February, 2016

 


Capacity-Building Programme with Dr. Marie L. Frey

 
Capacity-Building Programme

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China invited Dr. Marie L. Frey, Managing Director of one of our 10 sister geoparks and cooperation partners, Messel Pit World Heritage Site, to visit Hong Kong to help conduct an in-house capacity-building workshop with the HKGP team from 20 to 23 January 2016. The programme comprised guided visits to geo-sites and geo-heritage centres, meetings with local communities in HKGP, and sharing sessions with the HKGP team on science popularization and local engagement.

On 23 January, Dr. Frey and a representative of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark conducted a seminar entitled "Prospects of the Global Geoparks Network and Hong Kong Global Geopark". The seminar attracted over 20 Recommended Geopark Guides (R2Gs), the Provisional R2Gs, following their latest R2G examination in late 2015, and our partners from the Scout Association of Hong Kong - Pak Sha Wan T.W.C. Sea Activity Centre.

These capacity-building programmes provided effective on-the-job training for geopark staff and helped the R2Gs and our partners develop a deeper understanding of the branding and identity of HKGP, as well as our latest developments in the Global Geopark Network.

25 January, 2016

 


First Science-Popularisation Educational Event of the New Year —Design Field Trip Activity for Life-wide Learning Experiences  
First Science-Popularisation Educational Event of the New Year

On 6 January, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China welcomed new year with the first science-popularisation educational event of the year. A joint effort between Hong Kong Geopark and the Education Bureau, the "Design Field Trip Activity for Life-wide Learning Experiences" is a one-day training programme for Hong Kong primary and secondary school teachers. Activities included a visit to the geopark visitor centre, geopark field study, a classroom lecture and a group forum.

The teachers were introduced to the science-popularisation facilities at Hong Kong Geopark and received knowledge on geoscience, ecology, the environment and cultural heritage. The programme also included basic tour-guide skills and helped the teachers identify activities suited to the geopark setting. With this new awareness, they can help popularise earth science in their schools, enriching their students' knowledge and broadening their learning experiences. Now in its fifth year, this annual training programme was first organised in 2011. We sincerely hope this meaningful tradition will continue in the coming years so Hong Kong's next generation will appreciate more deeply our unique natural resources, cherish the environment and protect this beautiful place that we call home.

8 January, 2016

 


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