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Hong Kong is so much more than high rises and shopping malls! We're here to explore the other side of Hong Kong, to find out what is really out there. Explore the history of the city, the great outdoors, the remarkably rich ecology of the country parks and the famous Hong Kong Global Geopark of China.

This group has been set up to help people get to know their city better. Events listed in this group are normally commercial events which require a fee to join. Please read the description of the various events to learn more about the fees and what you get for it.

Organiser of the group is Wouter van Marle, a professional geo/eco guide who lives in Hong Kong.

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[OUTDOOR] Hexagonal columns, caves and arches (geopark hike/boat tour)

University MTR Station, East Rail Line

This is a day tour showcasing some of the best sights of the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, including the hexagonal columns, a beautiful beach, sea caves, sea arches and more. Departure: 9:00 from University MTR station. Finish: about 17:00 at Sai Kung. Fee: $350/$310 (children 3-12; recommended age: 6+). To secure your spot, a Yes on meetup is not enough. Please click here for booking (http://www.adventuretours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-sha_kiu.shtml). From University MTR station we take taxi to East Dam of High Island Reservoir, one of the best exposures of the famous hexagonal rock columns, to appreciate the columns and learn about the processes that formed these landscapes. We will also visit a nearby sea cave, now cut off from the sea. From East Dam we walk to Pak Lap, a secluded village with a beautiful sandy beach. From there it's a short stretch over a rocky trail to reach Mok Min Cave, a sea arch which is accessible at low tide. Back to Pak Lap, and another half an hour walk further is Sha Kiu where we may have lunch at a local seafood restaurant. After lunch a traditional wooden sampan will pick us up for a tour passing by Jin Island, then stopping at Sharp Island (famous for it's rocky tombolo, the pineapple bun rock and great variety of mostly volcanic rocks) before returning us to Sai Kung. This tour includes about three hours of walking, the first part over a road, the rest is mostly well paved and maintained footpaths. Part is over rocky trails. Total about 7.5 km walk. Itinerary: 9:00 take taxi from University MTR station (East Rail Line) to starting point of the tour: East Dam of High Island Reservoir. About 10:00 start walk, see the hexagonal columns, sea cave. Walk via Pak Lap to Mok Min Cave, a sea arch (can be entered at low tide - this schedule is timed so we will have low tide). Back to Pak Lap, on to Sha Kiu. Time permitting: visit the Tin Hau temple before sitting down for lunch. 15:00 pick up by sampan: Jin Island (see the sea arch), Sharp Island (tombolo, large variety of rocks). About 17:00 return to Sai Kung. Fee for this tour: HKD 320 per person, HKD 280 children 3-12, including transport from University MTR to starting point, boat from Sha Kiu to Sai Kung, and professional geopark guide. Excluding lunch (about $[masked]/person). Click here (http://www.adventuretours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-sha_kiu.shtml) for more details and booking.

Sai Kung Islands Cruise (geopark)

Sai Kung New Public Pier

Time and place: 14:00 at the entrance of Sai Kung New Pier (nrs 7, 8, 9, 10) Fee: HK$250, children 3-12 HK $210 Meeting time 13:45-14:00; departure about 14:00, return about 17:00 at Sai Kung pier. Please click here for booking (http://www.hikingtours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-yim_tin_tsai.shtml). The Sai Kung geopark is famous for its magnificent hexagonal rock columns, and the sweeping coastal landforms which includes sea arches, sea caves, geos and sea stacks. Besides the interesting geology, the area is also rich in history. This tour will take you first to Yim Tin Tsai, a now mostly abandoned island, previously a major sea salt production site. What makes this island extra unique is that by 1875 the whole population was converted to catholicism, so instead of temples and an ancestral hall, you can see statues of angels and a church. The island also has it's own saint, St. Joseph Freinademetz, who lived on the island for two years and built the chapel there. The next destination is Jin Island , famous for its rugged coastline, which is riddled with sea caves and geos, and at the southernmost point of the island is one of Hong Kong's largest sea arches, large enough for small vessels to sail through. Then we sail north again, towards Kiu Tsui Chau (Sharp Island), which at its southern end has several sea caves, the whole setting resembling an elephant's nose. Arriving at the beach we get on shore, to check out the pebble beach, a sandy beach, the tombolo connecting the main island to tiny islet Kiu Tau to learn about how these are formed. Furthermore we will go and appreciate the large variety of different kinds of rocks at this tombolo, including the interesting "pineapple bun rocks", where weathering makes the rock resemble Hong Kong's favourite snack, the pineapple bun (bo-lo-bau). From here it is just a short ride back to Sai Kung town. The tour includes two times half an hour walking tour on shore, almost two hours spent on board. In case of strong winds, thunderstorms or otherwise adverse weather conditions this tour may have to be amended or rescheduled at short notice. Depending on the tides, the tour may be done in the opposite direction. For any questions, PM or call/WhatsApp[masked]. Fee per person: HK$250, children 3-12 HK$210 Meeting point: 13:45 at the entrance of Sai Kung New Pier (nrs 7, 8, 9, 10) Boat will leave about 14:00, return about 17:00 at Sai Kung pier. To join this tour, please click here to book online (http://www.hikingtours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-yim_tin_tsai.shtml).

Lin Ma Hang - forgotten village

Sheung Shui Station

$190.00

Buried deep in the New Territories, close to the border with China, is the village of Lin Ma Hang. All but forgotten about, as for decades this was part of the boder closed area: a stretch of land along the border of China that was off limits for visitors, set up to stem illegal immigration from China. Now most of this land has opened up, and this includes the area around Lin Ma Hang. So finally we can go and visit this place without too much fuss! It is a quite interesting place thanks to its history of being closed off, severely limiting development in the area. Main sights of interest are the temples and the fung shui pond in front of them, the former residence of Ip Ting-sz, a nearby MacIntosh Fort and the now defunct Lin Ma Hang lead mine. The residence of Ip Ting-sz is a colonial style building, and one of the places where Sun Yat-Sen met his friends and collaborators as he plotted the revolution in China, which would in the end overthrow the emperor. The MacIntosh fort nearby is the only one that is still manned overnight, the other forts are currently automated. This string of seven observation posts was built around 1950 to guard the border against an influx of illegal immigrants, refugees from a politically unstable China. Originally they were manned day and night. The forts are now grade II historical buildings. The Lin Ma Hang lead mine was mined intermittently from 1915 until 1958, when mining stopped. The mining license was withdrawn by the government in 1962, after which the mine was fully abandoned. About half of the lead reserves of the mine have been mined. It is best known for the characteristic three-portal entrance. The mine is now recognised as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) as it is home to Hong Kong's largest bat colony, and the inner shafts have been closed by fences. Only the portal is still freely accessible. Even though Lin Ma Hang is now not in the restricted area any more, the road leading to the village is. This means we can take the minibus only until the last police post, from there we have to walk: first along the road, soon after a bypass through the woods. This is at times a rough trail, with really steep sections. Some of these places even have ropes in place to help you scale the slopes. The MacIntosh fort is (of course) on a hilltop, with a long flight of well maintained concrete steps leading towards it, making it a quite strenuous climb. Itinerary 10:00 meet at Sheung Shui MTR station. Take minibus until the police checkpoint (about 30 mins - fare $9.1, not included). Hike to the village - bypassing the restricted area. Some scrambling up/down steep slopes. Lin Ma Hang village. Residence of Ip Ting-sz - colonial style building; friend of Sun Yat-Sen. Macintosh Fort - up the hill - great viewpoint towards Shenzhen. Lin Ma Hang lead mine - the famous entrance with three portals. Same way back to the police checkpoint; minibus to Sheung Shui. Approx. 16:00 return to Sheung Shui. This is not an easy tour: the hike to the village is challenging, and the fort is at the end of a long flight of steps. Bring food and sufficient water and other supplies, there is nothing available in the village. Fee for this tour: HKD 190 per person, HKD 150 children 3-12. Recommended age: 8+. For booking and more information please visit https://www.adventuretours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-lin_ma_hang.shtml

Bats and Fireflies watching

Fanling MTR Station Exit C

$150.00

Time & place: 17:45 at Fanling MTR station, outside exit C (near the minibus terminus - platform level exit). Finish: Tai Po Market MTR station. Fee: HKD 150 (excludes minibus or taxi from Fanling to Hok Tau, and minibus from Fung Yuen to Tai Po Market). Please click here for booking. (https://www.adventuretours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-fireflies_bats.shtml) Bats are everywhere, they are all over the world. Over 1,200 species of bat are known to science now, with more species being added on a regular basis. The order of bats is the most varied order of all mammals, making up about 20% of all mammal species. Tonight we're going on a nighttime adventure to look for bats around Hok Tau reservoir and the Sha Lo Tung abandoned village. A special bat detector will help us find these elusive creatures, as this device helps to listen in to their echolocation calls. Other typical nighttime critters include various insects, and with a little luck we run into various other animals including toads and frogs, and maybe even a snake or a porcupine. May-August is also fireflies season, these interesting beetles live in this area as well. Near the end of the tour we end up at a great viewpoint overlooking Tai Po and Tolo Harbour, where we can see all the lights of the highrises and the industrial estate. Weather permitting we even get to see Ma On Shan district across Tolo Harbour. This tour includes about 2 1/2 hours of walking, and includes service roads, paved footpaths and well maintained dirt paths. Total about 7 km walk, with 200m of elevation changes. Itinerary: • 17:45 meet at Fanling MTR station, exit C (ground level exit - next to the green minibus station) • 18:00 minibus from Fanling MTR to starting point of the tour: Hok Tau. • Hok Tau reservoir (hotspot to see bats) • Sha Lo Tung • Finish the walk at Fung Yuen / Mont Vert, minibus to Tai Po Market MTR, there about 21:30. Fee for this tour: HK$150 per person ($110 for children 3-12), excluding minibus fares (bring Octopus or small change).

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Bats and Fireflies watching

Fanling MTR Station Exit C

$150.00

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