Places and Trails across Hong Kong

Tung Ping Chau the Flat Isle of Sedimentary Rocks

Tung Ping Chau the Flat Isle of Sedimentary Rocks

The most northeasterly land in Hong Kong, set in Mirs Bay and far closer to mainland Shenzhen than to the Hong Kong mainland, Tung Ping Chau is the only sizeable island in Hong Kong to be built only of sedimentary rock. Its name means Flat Island, and as you approach…

Sharp Island in Hong Kong’s smallest country park

Sharp Island in Hong Kong’s smallest country park

Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau) is the dominant member of Hong Kong’s smallest island country park, which also includes seven islets off its northeast and northwest coasts. As the name suggests, the island is indeed angular. The interior is a slender, north-south ridge that rises to 136 metres, with especially…

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Camping and campsites in Hong Kong

Camping and campsites in Hong Kong

While day and evening trips to the Hong Kong countryside are rewarding, a whole new experience awaits if you’re willing to camp. Pampered Campers n Trampers Minus Hampers While day and evening trips to the Hong Kong countryside are rewarding, a whole new experience awaits if you’re willing…

Hong Kong Night Hiking is Far More Than a Walk in the Dark

Hong Kong Night Hiking is Far More Than a Walk in the Dark

As increasing numbers of people are discovering, night hiking may seem a little spooky, but there are rewards a-plenty, including tranquillity, scintillating scenes, respite from daytime heat, fitting in with busy work schedules, and – for some – encounters with snakes. Shek O from Dragon’s Back, at dusk…

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Hong Kong’s Wonderful Wildlife

Biodiversity of Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Geopark

Biodiversity of Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Geopark

Introduction: Biodiversity Depleted yet Rich Lying just south of the Tropic of Cancer, and with a sub-tropical climate – summers are hot and humid, winters tend towards temperate – Hong Kong has a mostly tropical flora and fauna. Though there has been significant damage to land and marine…

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Typhoon Jebi a Warning for East Lantau Metropolis aka Lantau Tomorrow Vision

You may have seen the shocking images from Japan in September 2018, including as Osaka’s Kansai International Airport was flooded during the passage of Typhoon Jebi (4 September 2018). The airport was built on an island of reclaimed land, and images also showed a ship that was smashed…

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Mad Lantau Metropolis Plans Should be Scuppered by Storm Surge Threat

A consideration of science suggests the reclamation plans, including for East Lantau Metropolis are foolhardy, even irresponsible. Foolhardy Planners Fly in the Face of Science In its 2015 annual report, the Hong Kong Planning Department noted that, due to climate change, Hong Kong is forecast to experience a…

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Masterplan for a More Sustainable Future for Mai Po, Deep Bay Wetland and Beyond

Masterplan for a More Sustainable Future for Mai Po, Deep Bay Wetland and Beyond

Phase 3 map: spanning Mai Po, Lut Chau, Nam Sang Wai and Wo Sang Wai Yes, this is may seem impossible, ridiculous; but continuing with current state of affairs doesn’t look good for long term future of Deep Bay wetlands. The government is currently planning to establish “a…

Where have all the Hong Kong Barn Swallows gone?

Where have all the Hong Kong Barn Swallows gone?

I live on Cheung Chau, a small island in southwest Hong Kong – and became very used to it hosting many nesting pairs of Barn Swallows, which start arriving around mid-February, and stay till late summer. Been this way since late 1980s as I recall; the swallows are…

Sai Wan included in Sai Kung Country Park: nothing is better

Sai Wan included in Sai Kung Country Park: nothing is better

Visit Sai Wan on a hot sunny Sunday, and it can seem like the type of tropical “paradise” that many seek, yet few find. In this bay on the eastern Sai Kung Peninsula, tens of people unwind on beaches and frolic in clear azure waters. Some hiked to…

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