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Zoom Training on Local History and Culture for R2G Geopark Guides


Zoom Training on Local History and Culture for Geopark Guides

Hong Kong Geopark interviewed many villagers when preparing for a new publication of Kat O, "The Lucky Bay" and the exhibitions of "Siu Ying Story Room" at Lai Chi Wo, and sorted out some useful extraction on the history and culture of Kat O and Hing Chuen Alliance. After compilation, colleagues of Hong Kong Geopark organised an online training course specially for our geopark guides in order to share and deepen their understanding of the history and culture of the local geopark communities.

Hong Kong Geopark expects the training can build up the capacity of the geopark guides and enrich their interpretation content, eventually helping to preserve the intangible heritage of the local communities.

25 September, 2020


Arrangement for Reopening of Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centres

Arrangement for Reopening of Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centres

The following Geopark Visitor Centres will reopen from 14 September 2020. To help ensure public safety, the following special arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented:

- Admissions will be limited to avoid overcrowding.
- Hygiene will be strengthened by regular disinfection of all public areas. Sanitising mats and alcohol hand sanitisers will be provided.
- All visitors will be required to have their body temperature checked at the entrance. Those showing signs of fever will not be admitted.
- All visitors will be requested to bring and wear a mask to protect themselves and others at all time.

The reopening dates of each Geopark Visitor Centre are as follows:

- Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre: 14 September
- Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre: 14 September
- Lai Chi Wo Geoheritage Centre: 19 September
- Kat O Story Room: 19 September
- Ap Chau Story Room: 20 September
- Kau Sai Village Story Room: 20 September

Due to maintenance work, the Tai Po Geoheritage Center in San Mun Tsai is still temporarily closed until further notice.

14 September, 2020


Temporary closure of Geopark Visitor Centres

 
Temporary closure of Geopark Visitor Centres

In the light of the latest developments of COVID-19, there is a need to put in place measures to reduce social contact. Seven Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centres, namely Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre at LNEC, Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre, Lai Chi Wo Geoheritage Centre, Tai Po Geoheritage Centre, Ap Chau Story Room, Kau Sai Village Story Room and Kat O Story Room, will be temporarily closed from July 15. All of the school and public programmes will also be cancelled until further notice.

15 July, 2020


Resumption of School and Public Education Programmes

 
Resumption of School and Public Education Programmes

School and public education programmes of the public facilities of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department including Hong Kong Wetland Park, Country Park Visitor/Education Centres, Hong Kong Geopark and the Endangered Species Resources Centre have resumed on 22 June.

AFCD will continue to implement precautionary measures, including body temperature check and control of visitor flow and access to avoid overcrowding. AFCD staff will remind participants to wear mask, maintain social distancing and ensure personal and environmental hygiene. AFCD will continue to monitor the situation and review the above arrangement as appropriate.

22 June, 2020


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark receives the "My Favourite Natural Attraction in Hong Kong" award for the second time

 
U Green Awards

In the "U Green Awards 2019-20" public polling, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) received the " My Favourite Natural Attraction in Hong Kong" for the second consecutive year.

Hong Kong Geopark has been actively promoting geological conservation, science popularisation and public awareness of conservation through sustainable tourism.

Some of our key tasks in recent years include:

1) revitalising villages and communities, including renovating some dilapidated village houses and school buildings into education centres;

2) engaging and cooperating with geopark communities to record, preserve and promote their unique historical, cultural and intangible heritage; and

3) encouraging the involvement of local people, to let them tell their personal stories and introduce their community to visitors, and to facilitate the mutually beneficial sustainable development of the communities.

We look forward to continuing to adopt creative ideas to revitalise and sustainably develop the geopark communities so that visitors can learn about these fascinating aspects of Hong Kong heritage.

12 June, 2020


Hong Kong Geopark Park Visitor Centres to reopen from May 4

 
Hong Kong Geopark Park Visitor Centres to reopen from May 4

The seven Geopark Visitor Centres which have been closed earlier will reopen from next Monday (4 May 2020). To help ensure public safety, the following special arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented:

- Admissions will be limited to avoid overcrowding
- Hygiene will be strengthened by regular disinfection of all public areas. Sanitising mats and alcohol hand sanitisers will be provided
- All visitors will be required to have their body temperature checked at the entrance. Those showing signs of fever will not be admitted
- All visitors will be requested to bring and wear a mask to protect themselves and others

We will review the situation from time to time and adjust relevant preventive measures as necessary.

The reopening dates of each Geopark Visitor Centre are as follows:

- Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre: 4 May
- Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre: 4 May
- Tai Po Geoheritage Centre: 9 May
- Lai Chi Wo Geoheritage Centre: 9 May
- Kat O Story Room: 9 May
- Ap Chau Story Room: 10 May
- Kau Sai Village Story Room: 10 May

1 May, 2020


Increase Ferry to Lai Chi Wo on Saturday

Increase Ferry to Lai Chi Wo on Saturday

Due to increas of public demand, the operator of kaito ferry to Lai Chi Wo announced to increase ferry service on every Saturdays starting in May. Ferry will depart at 9:00 am at Ma Liu Shui landing steps No.3 and return from Lai Chi Wo at 15:30 pm. Details are subject to operator's announcement.

For enquiry, please call 2555 9269 to the ferry operator or read their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bestsonicsingwai/

27 April, 2020


Latest Arrangements on Geopark Visitor Centres

visitor centres temporarily closed

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the SEVEN geopark visitor centres reopened earlier this month will be temporarily closed starting from March 23 (Monday) until further notice, so to reduce social contact and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the community. All school and public programmes will remain cancelled until further notice.

1. Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre
2. Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre
3. Lai Chi Wo Geoheritage Centre
4. Tai Po Geoheritage Centre
5. Ap Chau Story Room
6. Kau Sai Village Story Room
7. Kat O Story Room

23 March, 2020


Hong Kong Geopark's work under the outbreak of COVID-19

Hong Kong Geopark's work under the outbreak of COVID-19

To reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19, a series of precautionary measures have been taken by all Hong Kong Geopark visitor centres (including geo-heritage centres and story rooms), including:

1) Stepping up cleaning and disinfection work
2) Providing contact-less thermometer and sanitizing hand rubs
3) Requesting all staff and visitors to wear masks inside the visitor centre
4) Proactively asking visitors if they have
i) any signs or symptoms of unwellness;
ii) any close contact with suspected or confirmed cases;
iii) visited any place with active community transmission in the last 14 days.

The Hong Kong Geopark team will continue to check on the well-being and need of local geopark communities, and to providing them with help and supplies if necessary.

While the proposed "Story Master" scheme and Geopark school activities for this school year will be cancelled, our efforts will concentrate on safeguarding geopark visitors and communities in these critical moments.

16 March, 2020


Temporary Extra Ferry Service to Lai Chi Wo in March

Temporary Ferry Service to Lai Chi Wo in March

Due to the recent increase of public demand, the operator of kaito ferry decided to increase temporary ferry service to Lai Chi Wo on 14, 21 and 28 March (Saturday). Ferry will depart at 9:00 am at Ma Liu Shui.

Please to note that the above arrangement is temporary and details are subject to operator's announcement.

For enquiry, please call 2555 9269 to the ferry operator or read their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bestsonicsingwai/

11 March, 2020


Geopark Visitor Centres are Reopened

 
Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease

The following geopark visitor centres and story rooms are now reopened. However, school and public programmes will remain cancelled until further notice.

These centres will also implement special arrangements and precautionary measures, including body temperature check at entrance and allowing only visitors with normal body temperature to enter, and control of visitor flow and access to avoid overcrowding.

1. Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre
2. Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre
3. Lai Chi Wo Geoheritage Centre
4. Tai Po Geoheritage Centre
5. Ap Chau Story Room
6. Kau Sai Village Story Room
7. Kat O Story Room

6 March, 2020 (updated)


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