Hong Kong Geopark and the Hong Kong Science Museum will jointly organize six public lectures from July to October 2021. Local geologists, history and culture experts, ecological experts, and community representatives of Hong Kong Geopark will be invited to introduce the features of Hong Kong Geopark from various perspectives, including geology, ecology, and local culture and history.
Date: 25 July 2021 (Sun)
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon.
(Free admission. First come, first served.))
Last updated: 23 July 2021
Hong Kong Geopark will organize roving exhibition at a number of major shopping centres between July to September 2021. It will include interactive elements to promote Hong Kong Geopark in an interesting and lively way. You are welcome to visit us!!
Date: 24-27 July 2021
Time: 10:00 - 19:00
Venue: G/F, Domain mall, 38 Ko Chiu Road, Yau Tong, Kowloon.
Last updated: 21 July 2021
To mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong Geopark, the Ming Pao Weekly magazine has issued an article about Hong Kong Geopark, an electronic version is available on their website.
Last updated: 12 July 2021
Hong Kong Geopark hosted a 10th anniversary celebration programme kick-off ceremony cum community seminar at Hong Kong Science Museum on July 11. All the geopark stakeholders and cooperation partners participated in the event, including geopark communities, non-government organizations, and related government departments. Many of the participants shared their experience in recent cooperation projects with Hong Kong Geopark, and provided valuable opinions and constructive suggestions. The event strengthened communication and cooperation among geopark stakeholders. This exchange of experience and ideas will definitely enhance the sustainable development of the region .
Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, officiated the ceremony for the Hong Kong Geopark’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Programme. Hong Kong Geopark joined the Global Geoparks Network 10 years ago. Hong Kong Geopark will organize a series of public events from July to December this year, including public talks, roving exhibitions and community fairs, to provide the public with an opportunity to explore Hong Kong Geopark from multiple angles and experience its geological, ecological and cultural heritage in depth.
The AFCD also launched the Hong Kong Geopark 10th Anniversary webpage – https://10.geopark.gov.hk – which provides details of the celebration programme.
Last updated: 12 July 2021
A collaborative effort was launched in May 2021 by Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and Hațeg UNESCO Global Geopark, in Romania, to arrange a three-week online exchange activities for young people in the two areas.
Participants expressed that they were pleased to make new friends overseas through this activity, they enjoyed the experience very much. In particular, they have learnt about each other's geoparks, city, lifestyle, culture, history and language. To these two groups of young people, who live five time zones apart, it was really a new and extraordinary experience. They also wish to visit their peers' home country or city to meet them face to face.
Hong Kong Geopark will continue to work with other GGN members in the future to improve and promote this model of cross-regional youth exchange. It is a great way to broaden our students' knowledge, perspectives and vision, and is good training for communicating and collaborating with people from different cultures.
Last updated: 28 June 2021
Students between Hong Kong and Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geoparks met online on 26 April and 28 April. They shared about the history and culture of their city as well as the highlights of their geopark, and asked questions freely with each other. The activity has encouraged the students to develop friendship with their counterparts and keep in touch even after the online exchange.
Exchange is an important part of geopark networking. Such cultural exchange between students of two different regions helps broaden their horizons and contribute to the sustainable development of geoparks and the promotion of earth science.
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Last updated: 28 April 2021
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Science Museum (HKScM) and to support Earth Day, the HKScM's new Earth Science Gallery opened to the public starting on 23 April 2021. The gallery features around 30 sets of interactive exhibits, models and installations for visitors to better understand the causes of natural phenomena. It also showcases the rich diversity of Hong Kong's geology and displays invaluable and colourful minerals as well as rock specimens.
Comprised of four areas, this new permanent gallery guides visitors through the secrets underneath the Earth's crust, and illustrates how its internal and external forces lead to drastic natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. The amazing journey will inspire the public to consider the human impact exerted on the planet's system. The interactive models, installations and typhoon simulator at the gallery offer visitors unique insights into the power of nature.
The breathtaking geology of Hong Kong is also featured at the Earth Science Gallery through its display of rock specimens from different geological ages, such as samples from the hexagonal rock columns in the High Island region, part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Visitors can view the stunning world-renowned scenery of the Geopark and learn more about Hong Kong's geology.
Last updated: 24 April 2021
The exhibition is jointly organised by the Environmental Association Tai Po Geoheritage Centre and the Sai Kung District Community Centre, with support from the AFCD. Exhibition panels and rock samples are on display to present some of the attractions of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and visiting routes to provide a general picture of the geopark. Geopark guides will provide interpretations to visitors during the exhibition.
Date: 17-20 June 2021 (Ended)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Ground Floor, Tin Shui Shopping Centre, 9 Tin Shui Road, Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long, New Territories
Date: 10-14 June 20211 (Ended)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: 6th Floor Podium, Tsz Wan Shan Shopping Centre, 23 Yuk Wah Street, Tsz Wan Shan, Kowloon
Date: 14-16 May 2021 (Ended)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: 3rd Floor Podium, Fung Tak Shopping Centre, 111 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Date: 26 April to 9 May 2021 (Ended)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Applause Pavilion, Ocean Park, Exit B, Ocean Park MTR Station
Date: 22 – 25 April 2021 (Ended)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: 2nd Floor, Domain Mall, Exit A, Yau Tong MTR Station
Last updated: 31 May 2021
To commemorate the Kartini Day and the Earth Day, the Rinjani-Lombok UNESCO Global Geopark of Indonesia and its partners held a series of events called ‘Workshop & International Seminar on Women and the Earth”, with the aim to 1) popularise conservation efforts of the geopark and the biosphere reserve, 2) improve the role of women, and 3) support the development of ecotourism & geotourism.
Hong Kong Geopark was invited to the event as a guest speaker, and shared the situation and experience of Hong Kong on "Geotourism development and the involvement of women as geotour interpreter" through online video conferencing.
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark is dedicated to contribute to promoting gender equality and women's rights, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UNESCO. The collaboration was also a display of tight networking and cooperation among geoparks of the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN).
Last updated: 19 April 2021
The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) Siu Ying Story Room opens to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 27 February 2021.
Siu Ying Story Room is the fruition of joint efforts made by the seven Hing Chun Alliance villages of Sha Tau Kok (Lai Chi Wo, So Lo Pun, Sam A, Mui Tsz Lam, Kop Tong, Ngau Shi Wu and Siu Tan) and the Hong Kong Geopark. The story room occupies the space used by the expansion building of the former Siu Ying School at Lai Chi Wo. Established in the 1920's, the school provided primary education to children from the seven villages for several decades. It is an important piece of collective memory.
The content of the exhibition mainly comes from oral history interviews with the villagers and the historical materials they generously donated. Arranged in four themes ― History of Hing Chun Yeuk and the Seven Villages; Siu Ying School; Tai Ping Ching Chiu; Farming and Trade ― the exhibition presents the heritage and different lifestyles of the region. It is a wonderful reproduction of rural communities in bygone days.
Last updated: 26 February 2021
The 7th "Recommended Geopark Guide" assessment was successfully completed on January 28 2021. Assessment work was conducted by a panel comprising representatives of "Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department", "Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong", and "Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong". At the end, 7 candidates passed the assessment and became "Provisional Recommended Geopark Guides".
"Provisional Recommended Geopark Guides" need to pass a six-month probation period before they can be confirmed as an official "Recommended Geopark Guide" (R2G). To maintain their status, R2Gs are required to pass a biennial reassessment.
It is hoped that the new batch of "Provisional Recommended Geopark Guides" can continue the excellent tradition of R2Gs – become role models of other tour guides, dedicated to promoting conservation of the natural environment, cultural heritage and the global geoparks concept, share and convey earth science knowledge and appreciate the cultural heritage of the geopark communities, provide tourists with high-quality guided tours, and support the conservation, education and sustainable development of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.
Last updated: 18 February 2021
The Geopark Visitor Centres, including Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre, Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre, Kat O Story Room, Ap Chau Story Room and Kau Sai Village Story Room, reopen from 18 February 2021.
In consideration of public health, members of the public entering AFCD's indoor facilities should comply with infection control measures including wearing masks, undergoing temperature checks, cleansing their hands with hand sanitiser, using the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app or registering their names, contact numbers and the date and time of their visits. Admissions will be limited to avoid overcrowding.
Due to maintenance work, the Tai Po Geoheritage Center and Lai Chi Wo Geoheritage Center are still temporarily closed until further notice. All school and public programmes will be suspended until further notice.
Last updated: 17 February 2021
People of local geopark communities such as Kat O, Lai Chi Wo, and Kau Sai Chau are prepared to celebrate the Lunar New Year on New Year’s Eve; posting auspice couplets, making new year rice cakes, and conducting dragons and lions dances in a lively atmosphere.
Located within Hong Kong Geopark, the villagers of So Lo Pun have now moved out, but they still care about their village. Every Chinese New Year they return to the village to celebrate, posting new spring couplets on the door, cleaning up the Tudigong and the village, and go to the ancestral hall in Lai Chi Wo to worship the deity.
Last updated: 10 February 2021