You can’t imagine this is Hong Kong (A Supernova Volcano 140 million years ago)

This morning, Tracy and I took a special boat trip (Geopark Tour) back in time to the early Cretaceous Period (about 140 million years ago) where Sai Kung volcanic rock regions were formed. Identified only in early 2010, Hong Kong was once part of a supernova volcano which had broken apart into multiple rocky islands over 140 million years. These beautiful islands were neglected for ages and it was only in 2009 when Hong Kong officially formalised the listing of the Geopark regions for on-going conservation, education and sustained development.

We boarded the vessel at Sai Kung Pier and traveled 15km out in the foggy sea where mysterious gigantic rock columns and sea caves greeted us. Terrain unlike any other, High Island Geopark’s spectacular hexagonal rocks bears a striking resemblance to those alienated worlds in the sci-fi movies.  The entire tour took around 5 hours, over 30km on boat and 3km on foot. Due to popular demand and the recent wet weathers, we waited about 4 months for this tour (we booked our tickets back in December 2013!). The tour leader gave us a rich lesson on geography and history. We were shown different types of rock formations and fault lines. We also visited 2 different villages at Yim Tin Tsai island (鹽田仔) and Pak Lap Wan (白臘灣) where we saw one of the most beautiful beaches with the clearest water in Hong Kong.

It is amazing to see such an extraordinary world so close to metropolitan Hong Kong. For HKD300/pax (with lunch included), I say this is a great natural education treat for everyone! This should be part of every tourist’s itinerary to Hong Kong.

2 Responses to You can’t imagine this is Hong Kong (A Supernova Volcano 140 million years ago)

  1. Eva says:

    Nice photos.

  2. Barbra says:

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