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Super Typhoon Mangkhut damaged many trees, which continue to be a safety threat. Please be very careful and avoid entering the affected areas. Be aware of your safety at all times.

2 November, 2018


Supporting our Geopark Communities in Times of Need

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Support in times of need

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Following Super Typhoon Mangkhut in September, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the authority of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) reached out to support the recovery of the affected sites and to rebuild them to be more sustainable and resilient to future disasters.

Over 100 park rangers and management staff were immediately deployed to the affected sites to conduct damage assessment, to get in touch with the affected communities to see how we could help, to clear fallen trees and barriers, to deliver maintenance services, and to coordinate volunteer programs with over 300 participants from the geopark schools and the community.

With the concerted efforts of the respective government offices, village communities, geopark partners and volunteers, almost all the geo-trails are now open for public enjoyment. Essentials like water, electricity and public transport are back to normal, and the local communities are offering guided tours, geopark gourmet food and other visitor services at the geo-heritage centres once again. The geosites that were hardest hit, including Ma Shi Chau and Tung Ping Chau, are undergoing repairs and maintenance.

Although the super typhoon had a devastating impact on the geopark infrastructure, it offers a valuable chance to raise public awareness of the importance of environmental protection and the impact of climate change; and strengthen local people’s sense of belonging to Hong Kong Geopark. As the geopark communities recover from the damage caused by the super typhoon, together with the young volunteers from the geopark schools, they are looking more closely at how they can prepare for natural disasters and adapt to the changing climate for a greener and safer future.

31 October, 2018


Central and Western District Council visits Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

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Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark attaches great importance to local participation and engagement. To promote the UNESCO Global Geoparks concept and to solicit the support of the geopark communities, HKUGGp regularly meets with different geopark stakeholders.

Representatives from Central and Western District Council were invited to visit Hong Kong Geopark, along with the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation on 19 October 2018. The guided visit to the High Island Geo-trail and HKUGGp Volcano Discovery Centre gave the District Councillors a better understanding of the management work of the Geopark, as well as how it maintains high-quality and sustainable geopark services to meet the UNESCO Global Geopark requirements. The District Councillors were impressed with the holistic concept of UNESCO Global Geoparks and provided constructive feedback on the work of HKUGGp.

23 October, 2018


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark: Recovery from Super Typhoon Mangkhut

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The strong winds during Super Typhoon Mangkhut (山竹) caused extensive damage to Hong Kong and to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp). Many trails and roads have been obstructed and damaged by landslides, and over 80% of the interpretation panels were damaged. HKUGGp is stepping up the clean-up of collapsed trees and will need to replace many of the damaged facilities. This recovery is expected to take some time. With the support of other departments, the visitor centres are open again and the paths to the local communities have been cleared after some immediate remedial measures.

Many local communities, such as Kat O, Ap Chau, Kau Sai Chau, Tung Ping Chau and Lai Chi Wo, experienced extremely difficult situations, such as water stoppages, blackouts, termination of mobile networks, road damage and roadblocks. With the concerted effort of many parties, the supply of water and electricity has resumed in most of these villages. Volunteers from LIONS Club International District 303, Hong Kong & Macao, China and geopark schools assisted in the delivery of fresh water and helped clean up the affected areas, supported by the ferry operator and coordinated by HKUGGp. More volunteers and geopark schools will provide similar assistance in the needed areas.

To ensure public safety, HKUGGp has advised the public not to visit the affected areas, to remain vigilant at all times, and to stay away from damaged facilities and trees that have collapsed or are in danger of collapsing.

HKUGGp is very grateful for the messages of concern and best wishes from all over the world.

Updated as 11 October, 2018


New Kaito Ferry Service between Ma Liu Shui, Kat O and Ap Chau

 
New Kaito Ferry Service between Ma Liu Shui, Kat O and Ap Chau

The new kaito ferry service between Ma Liu Shui, Kat O and Ap Chau was launched on 2 September 2018 (Sunday). The details are as follows:

Operator: Best Sonic Industrial Limited
Date of first run: 2 September 2018 (Sunday)
Service days: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
Fare: $90 for a return trip; $50 for a one-way trip from Kat O to Ma Liu Shui
Boarding locations: Ma Liu Shui Landing No. 3; the public piers on Ap Chau and Kat O

Routes:
08:30-10:00 Ma Liu Shui to Kat O
10:15-10:30 Kat O to Ap Chau
12:00-12:15 Ap Chau to Kat O
15:30-17:00 Kat O to Ma Liu Shui

The new kaito ferry service to Kat O and Ap Chau further enhance the accessibility of the North East New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. For ticket reservations and other details, please contact the operator at 2555 9269.

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https://www.td.gov.hk/en/traffic_notices/index_id_53007.html

Rev. 3 September, 2018


Teachers and students of Japanese Sister Geoparks visit Hong Kong for student exchanges

 
Teachers and students of Japanese Sister Geoparks visit Hong Kong for student exchanges

Since its inception in November 2009, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) has maintained a close partnership with the Japanese Geoparks Network and jointly organizes student exchange with Japanese Sister Geoparks every year. Following the student exchange activities with Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark, Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, and Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark from March to June, about 50 teachers and students from Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark and Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark visited Hong Kong Geopark in early August and exchanged views with 36 student representatives of Hong Kong Geopark Schools.

Various activities were held in this year's exchange. In a number of land and sea trips, the students learned about a wide range of geological features in Hong Kong Geopark, as well as local cultural heritage. Students from Japan’s Shimabara Peninsula visited the historical Catholic chapel and resurrected salt pans on the island of Yim Tin Tsai in Sai Kung. The students from Itoigawa visited Kat O and Lai Chi Wo to explore the traditional architecture and cultural heritage of villages in the northeast New Territories. Students from Japan and Hong Kong also introduced their local cultural characteristics to each other through pictures, videos and objects in a cultural exchange activity.

Hong Kong Geopark established sister geopark relationships with Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark in 2009 and Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark in 2016 to strengthen mutual cooperation between geoparks in the Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network. These annual exchanges not only promote connections between the geoparks, but also create opportunities for students from Japan and Hong Kong to learn from each other, broaden their horizons and build friendships.

14 August, 2018


New UNESCO Global Geopark-themed Banknotes in Hong Kong

 
New UNESCO Global Geopark-themed Banknotes in Hong Kong

Through the collaboration of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks of Hong Kong, the 2018 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes were unveiled on 24 July 2018. Among the five new denominations, the HK$500 banknote features the world-class hexagonal rock columns in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. The geopark-themed banknotes will be put into circulation in early 2019, replacing the existing 2010 series.

“On top of carrying state-of-the-art security features, the unified thematic subject presented in a vertical layout for each denomination of the banknotes across the three note-issuing banks makes the new series distinctive from the previous one and a good representation of the local culture of Hong Kong.” said Mr Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the HKMA. “We are thankful to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (the management authority of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark) and other partners for their valuable advice and contribution to the new Hong Kong banknotes series, which reflects the wide and surprising spectrum of life and natural heritage in Hong Kong.”

In addition to an educational mobile application, roving exhibitions will be held across several districts in Hong Kong, introducing the new banknotes and the design themes to the public.

“These beautifully designed denominations with "UNESCO Global Geopark" as the design theme are probably the first-ever in the world of this type,” said a spokesman for Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. “The release of these new bank notes and the mobile app will not only promote Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, but also contribute to the global geopark movement. May I take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the HKMA's valued contribution to the global geopark movement through the production of these beautiful new bank notes.”

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25 July, 2018


Hong Kong students visit Japanese geoparks for exchange of views

 
Hong Kong students visit Japanese geoparks for exchange of views

To promote the concept of the Global Geoparks Network and the popularization of geoscience, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark actively organizes different exchanges for schools participating in the Hong Kong Geopark School Programme.

From 23 to 28 June, 37 teachers and students from Hong Kong Geopark schools traveled to Japan and visited various geological attractions and museums in Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark, and Dinosaur Valley Fukui Katsuyama Geopark.

The students from the Hong Kong Geopark schools also exchanged views with students from Niigata Prefectural Kaiyo High School and Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and established friendships through group discussions and games. Both the Japanese and Hong Kong students benefited a great deal from the exchange.

16 July, 2018


Introduction of green minibus service to serve East Dam of High Island Reservoir on 22 July 2018

 
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The Transport Department (TD) announced that New Territories green minibus (GMB) route No. 9A, which will ply between Pak Tam Chung and the East Dam of High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung, will be introduced on July 22 (Sunday). The route will operate from 3pm to 6pm on Sundays and public holidays at a frequency of 20 to 25 minutes and the fare will be $11.30. The route will operate on a trial basis and will be reviewed after three months of operation.

The East Dam of High Island Reservoir is located within the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, which has been a popular tourist attraction for both local and overseas visitors. The TD believes that the above GMB service will assist them to visit the High Island Reservoir on Sundays and public holidays.

The TD will closely monitor the passenger demand of the above GMB service, and will suitably adjust the service if necessary.

For details, please see: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201807/09/P2018070900597.htm

12 July, 2018


Local partner promotes High Island & East Dam Boat-hiking Tour

 
Local partner promotes High Island & East Dam Boat-hiking Tour

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark’s local partner has designed a completely new travel route for visitors in this summer. The tour has integrated leisure boat tour and hiking activity in one go. It allows visitors to get a closer look to the magnificent world class volcanic rock columns at East Dam and broadens their understanding to the diverse culture and history of High Island within the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region.

For details, please visit: https://www.volcanodiscoverycentre.hk/index.php?lang=en

10 July, 2018


International Travel Expo 2018 to promote UNESCO Global Geoparks as Sustainable Tourism Destinations

 
International Travel Expo 2018

For the first time, the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) in collaboration with the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, to promote the UNESCO Global Geoparks as sustainable tourism destinations in ITE 2018 Hong Kong from 14-17 June.

The GGN is an international association which includes 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries. The geoparks are recognized for the international value of their geological heritage sites and landscapes, and are promoted as sustainable and green tourism destinations. UNESCO Global Geoparks offer visitors high-quality tourist products and activities to encourage visitors to discover hidden natural treasures and enjoy the natural and cultural heritage, local traditions, products and gastronomy of the geopark communities, inspired by the close relationship between people and nature.

Representatives from the Global Geoparks Network, the Asian - Pacific Geoparks Network, the European geoparks Network, the Chinese Geoparks Network and the Japanese Geoparks Network came together to promote UNESCO Global Geoparks through exhibition and travel forum at the Expo.

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20 June, 2018


Engagement visits with Hong Kong District Councils

 
Engagement visits with Hong Kong District Councils

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) attaches great importance to local participation and engagement. To promote the UNESCO Global Geoparks concept and to solicit the support of the geopark communities, HKUGGp regularly meets with different geopark stakeholders, including those from the Hong Kong District Councils.

To continue the success of the engagement visits with five District Councils in 2017, representatives from Yuen Long District Council, Wong Tai Sin District Council, Sham Shui Po District Council and Wan Chai District Council were invited to visit HKUGGp, along with the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, senior management officials and the Geopark team, in the first half of 2018. The guided visit to the High Island Geo-trail and HKUGGp Volcano Discovery Centre gave the District Councillors a better understanding of the management work of the Geopark, as well as how it maintains high-quality and sustainable geopark services to meet the UNESCO Global Geopark requirements.

The District Councillors were impressed with the holistic concept of UNESCO Global Geoparks and provided constructive feedback on the work of HKUGGp. “District Councillors are local representatives and the consultative bodies on district administration and affairs in Hong Kong,” said a HKUGGp spokesman. “We look forward to having more valuable exchanges of views and ideas like this with them and other geopark stakeholders in the future.”

6 June, 2018


Visit to Beijing and Liaoning Chaoyang Bird Fossils National Geopark, China

 
Visit to Beijing and Liaoning Chaoyang Bird Fossils National Geopark, China

To keep abreast of the latest developments in the Chinese Geoparks Network (CGN), representatives of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) attended an invited visit to Liaoning Chaoyang Bird Fossils National Geopark on 14-15 May and had the opportunity to meet Prof. SUN Ge, Vice-President of the Paleonotological Society and Director of the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning, China.

They also visited the Geological Museum of China at Beijing and its thematic exhibition on the CGN, where panels and rock specimens from HKUGGp and other Chinese geoparks are currently displayed.

“The visit to Liaoning was fruitful,” said a HKUGGp spokesman. “Possible collaboration between Liaoning and Hong Kong were discussed. We are looking forward to continuous exchanges and mutual visits with our counterparts in the CGN.”

28 May, 2018


Field visit for Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) and R2G operators

 
Field visit for Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) and R2G operators

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark has been working with various geopark communities, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to promote natural conservation and conduct innovative rural area management. In Lai Chi Wo, it launched a Chief Executive’s Community Project, named “Lai Chi Wo Hakka Life”, the “Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme”, and the “Management Agreement Scheme at Lai Chi Wo”. In addition, the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark “Ap Chau Story Room” was opened on April 8, 2018. These are a few successful examples of innovation and cooperation.

To deepen the understanding of the Recommended Geopark Guides and R2G operators of the Geopark tourist spots in Lai Chi Wo and Ap Chau, the Geopark Division of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department invited the Ap Chau Community and the Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong to jointly organise a field visit. The event attracted more than 30 R2Gs and representatives of R2G operators, who benefited from the exchange of ideas and discussions with various related organizations and stakeholders.

8 May, 2018


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark geoheritage centre opts for renewable energy

 
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark geoheritage centre opts for renewable energy

A new-generation solar panel system was installed in the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre by the Environmental Association, a partner of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, as a model for the application of renewable energy. It will also serve as a showcase for geopark communities to consider renewable energy.

The new-generation system is a set of 14 light-weight solar panels, which can easily be installed on the roof of the building. Even without tilting the angle of the solar panels, the system can achieve 14% to 20% efficiency, generating 1,600 kilowatt-hours per square metre. This will reduce electricity expenses by an estimated 20% and CO2 emissions by 800 kg annually.

23 April, 2018


Ap Chau Story Room opens

 
Ap Chau Story Room opens

The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) Ap Chau Story Room was officially opened on 8 April 2018 and is ready for public visits on Sundays and public holidays starting on 15 April 2018.

Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included Dr. Kirstin Lemon, member of the UNESCO Global Geopark Council; Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment; Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Mr. So Sai-chi, Chairman of the North District Council; Mrs. Alice Chan, Executive Director of the Travel Industry Council; Mr. Lee Koon-hung, Chairman of the Sha Tau Kok District Rural Committee; Dr. Yau Wing-kong, Chief Executive Officer of the Environment Association; representatives of the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network and the Lions Club; and Ap Chau villagers.

In collaboration with the Ap Chau geopark community on Ap Chau and the Lions Club, an old village school, named Ap Chau Fishermen's Children Primary School, built in 1953, was converted into a new visitor base in HKUGGp. The Ap Chau Story Room, which will be co-managed by the Ap Chau community, the Lions Club and HKUGGp, will serve as a new visitor base to promote HKUGGp and the UNESCO Global Geopark concept, and engage the Ap Chau community in preserving and celebrating the island’s unique geological and cultural heritage.

The Ap Chau Story Room illustrates traditional Tanka culture and heritage, human habitation and the way of life on Ap Chau, and provides basic information about HKUGGp, the various geopark networks it is a member of, and the island’s extraordinary red breccia, which is rare in Hong Kong.

Visitors can start their trip to Ap Chau in the Ap Chau Story Room, where they can explore the informative story board, collections and photo records that make up the rich cultural heritage of Ap Chau. To benefit the geopark community through the promotion of responsible green tourism in HKUGGp, training opportunities were offered to the Ap Chau community in 2017. The graduates are now ready to provide guided tours of the Story Room.

For more information on the Ap Chau Story Room, please visit: http://www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s2f5.htm

13 April, 2018


Promotion of UNESCO Global Geopark branding by Geopark Communities -- Sai Kung Carnival 3.3

 
Promotion of UNESCO Global Geopark branding by Geopark Communities

On 3 March 2018, a mega event, titled “Sai Kung Carnival 3.3”, was organized by the geopark communities of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) in Sai Kung to promote UNESCO Global Geopark branding. More than 2,000 people attended the event, which made it lively and memorable.

The event adopted UNESCO Global Geopark as an icon to promote the town of Sai Kung, scenic spots in the Sai Kung district, and key points related to countryside tourism. The event also showcased Sai Kung’s cultural heritage, including traditional art and snacks, Hakka folk songs, and modern art performances presented by local youngsters. The event enhanced the visibility of UNESCO Geopark branding, fostered closer connections between the local community and HKUGGp, and nurtured a sense of community pride among the participants.

The Sai Kung District Community Center, operated by local residents, was the key organizer of the event. Their work is a fine example of local engagement through continuous capacity building, supported by a UNESCO global geopark, to conserve, promote and sustainably develop the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

12 March, 2018


2018 Spring Reception in Lai Chi Wo Village

 
2018 Spring Reception in Lai Chi Wo Village

On 25 February 2018, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, local communities and other geopark partners gathered at Lai Chi Wo for the biggest cultural festival of the year – the 2018 Spring Reception. Organized by the seven Hing Chuen Yuek villages, this is a day to celebrate Chinese New Year and mark the start of the Year of Dog.

Alongside a number of traditions associated with Chinese New Year, like the kirin dance, this annual Spring Reception offers us an opportunity to send wishes of good luck and to catch up with each other’s news.

“Serving as the management authority of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, we are pleased to witness the community-led rural revitalisation projects in Lai Chi Wo and are committed to strengthening collaboration with the local communities and other geopark stakeholders in accordance with the UNESCO Global Geopark concept.” said Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation. “May I take this chance to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year!”

28 February, 2018


Getting to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with Geopark Hotels

 
Getting to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with Geopark Hotels

According to the UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG) concept, a co-management and participatory approach should be adopted in the establishment and management of a UGG. Like many other partners of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp), the Geopark Hotels are committed to promoting sustainable geo-tourism and delivering high quality visitor services and products that help promote geopark branding.

For instance, the Geopark Hotels have a new “Explore Lai Chi Wo” package, which features a stay in a geo-themed room at one of the hotels, a tasty Geolicious menu, and a guided geo-tour to Lai Chi Wo, a 300-year-old Hakka village, while their “Sai Kung High Island Geo-trail” package will take you on an enchanted journey to an ancient caldera and a close-up experience with the geopark’s world-unique hexagonal rock columns.

From now until March 2018, visitors can sign up for one of these packages or pick up a new self-guided tour map, prepared by and available at the Geopark Hotels, for an enjoyable exploration of HKUGGp.

The Geopark Hotels, L’hotel Island South and L’hotel élan become partners of HKUGGp in 2010. The lobby and selected rooms of the hotels are decorated with a geopark theme. Geopark videos are broadcast in the hotel lobby and on a dedicated in-room TV channel. The hotels also have a specially-designed geopark menu to help promote geo-conservation and geopark guided tours.

24 January, 2018


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