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Exploration, discovery and fun at HK SciFest 2017

Exploration, discovery and fun at HK SciFest 2017

Organized by the Hong Kong Science Museum, HK SciFest is an annual programme offering a variety of science popularization activities to elevate the public’s understanding of and interest in science and technology.

This year, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGG) is grateful to be invited to attend the opening ceremony and to contribute to the “Fun Science Carnival”, the opening event on 18-19 February 2017. Collaborating with our partners, the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Environment Association, we are going to run an interactive science game booth called “Ancient and Modern Organisms Match Up (古今生物對對碰)” and to disseminate earth science messages to our visitors in an easy-to-understand way.

There will be other game booths on biodiversity, light pollution, medicine and health, as well as a science performance, where the public can meet scientists. For details, please visit HK SciFest 2017.

20 February, 2017

Local Communities in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Local Communities in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Representatives of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark were very pleased to be invited to the Lunar New Year celebration gathering organised by the seven Hing Chuen Yeuk villages on 4 February 2017. The villagers and geopark partners enjoyed welcoming the Year of the Rooster together in the Lai Chi Wo piazza.

Since the launch of the kaito ferry service between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo, there have been more visitors, including tourists, to Lai Chi Wo and the surrounding areas, injecting more energy into the rural community. We will continue to support rural revitalisation and promote sustainable local development and geotourism by rejuvenating the ecological, cultural and architectural environment of Lai Chi Wo.

13 February, 2017

3D ground and mural art painting at the Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade

3D ground and mural art painting at the SK Waterfront Promenade

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGG) has just completed a new 3D ground and mural art painting at the Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade as part of the geopark’s “Visibility-Enhancement Initiative”. The new initiative aims to promote geotourism and geopark visibility and raise awareness of the UNESCO Global Geopark concept.

This 3D painting features the black kite (Milvus migrans), which is a raptor commonly seen in HKUGG. The location of the painting was carefully selected, so that visitors can enjoy our 3D trick art while watching real black kites gliding gracefully in the sky above Yeung Chau (a small wooded island just opposite the Promenade). The artwork also celebrates an annual bird watching event in Sai Kung, the 11th Black Kite Festival. The 3D art painting is intended to enhance HKUGG’s visibility in a creative way and to raise awareness among the general public of the rich biodiversity in HKUGG.

9 January, 2017

Global Geoparks Network becomes a partner in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism

International Year of Sustainable Tourism

In its 27th meeting on 6 November 2016, the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) Executive Board decided to become a partner in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 (IYST 2017). The main aims of the partnership are (1) to promote UNESCO Global Geoparks (UGGs) as sustainable tourism destinations in the international tourism market, (2) to promote Geoparks collectively and build new links with the tourism industry, and (3) to raise the profile and visibility of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, along with other UGGs, will participate in a series of promotional activities under IYST 2017.

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 the IYST to recognize the importance of international tourism in fostering better understanding among nationalities and cultures worldwide, thus leading to greater awareness of the rich heritage of the various civilizations, greater appreciation of the inherent value of different cultures, and greater opportunities for peace in the world. The World Tourism Organization is invited to facilitate the organization and implementation of IYST 2017, in collaboration with other relevant parties, including the GGN. IYST 2017 aims to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together to make tourism a catalyst for positive change.

For more details on the declaration of International Years and IYST 2017, please visit:

1 January, 2017

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