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Northeast New Territories Geopark Tour

Northeast New Territories Geopark Tour

While Hong Kong holds many treasures, the northeast part of the New Territories can really call itself a hidden gem, given it can only be accessed by sea. The relatively remote islands, rural villages, geological attractions (part of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China) and unspoilt coastlines are good places to appreciate the natural landscape, ecological habitats and rural lifestyle, which reflect very much the diversity and contrast that Hong Kong offers.

The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, which makes up most of this region, has the most comprehensive stratigraphy of sedimentary rocks in Hong Kong, ranging from 400-million-year-old Devonian sandstone to a conglomerate of 55-million-year-old tertiary siltstone. The area is also rich in landforms resulting from different erosional processes.

Exploration Tour of ‘Red Wonder at Sea’ and Hakka Culture
Setting out from Sha Tin, your tour boat will sail east across Tolo Harbour and through a narrow waterway to Yan Chau Tong Marine Park (also known as ‘Double Haven’). On the way, you’ll be treated to beautiful vistas of verdant hills in all directions, uninhabited islands, peaceful bays, rocky headlands and cliffs along unspoilt coastline. This is an area proudly proclaimed in its entirety as the ‘Shangri-La of Hong Kong’.

You’ll make a stop at an island featuring a Hakka walled village called Lai Chi Wo, where you’ll stroll along a nature trail lined with century-old trees whose long scrambling branches twine and coil along the ground – an incredible natural wonder to be found so close to urban Hong Kong. You’ll then re-board the boat and move to Ap Chau (Duck Island). This is a remote and small island located in the Starling Inlet in the northeast of Hong Kong. Ap Chau and neighbouring Crooked Island are the two places in Hong Kong where the type of rock called ‘breccia’ is found on a large scale.

The tour then concludes with a scenic boat trip back to Sha Tin in which you’ll no doubt be keen to rest your feet. This tour also offers a traditional Hakka lunch for participants at the quaint island of Kat O.

Northeast New Territories Geopark Tour (Available November to February)
This tour enables visitors to discover all of the charm of the northeast New Territories by way of a leisurely and scenic boat trip from Sha Tin to Yan Chau Tong Marine Park with fascinating shore excursions to Lai Chi Wo's nature trail and a rural Hakka village, and a visit to the remote island of Ap Chau to see interesting geo-sites before taking the boat trip back to Sha Tin.

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