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Promotion of UNESCO Global Geopark branding by Geopark Communities -- Sai Kung Carnival 3.3

Promotion of UNESCO Global Geopark branding by Geopark Communities

On 3 March 2018, a mega event, titled “Sai Kung Carnival 3.3”, was organized by the geopark communities of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) in Sai Kung to promote UNESCO Global Geopark branding. More than 2,000 people attended the event, which made it lively and memorable.

The event adopted UNESCO Global Geopark as an icon to promote the town of Sai Kung, scenic spots in the Sai Kung district, and key points related to countryside tourism. The event also showcased Sai Kung’s cultural heritage, including traditional art and snacks, Hakka folk songs, and modern art performances presented by local youngsters. The event enhanced the visibility of UNESCO Geopark branding, fostered closer connections between the local community and HKUGGp, and nurtured a sense of community pride among the participants.

The Sai Kung District Community Center, operated by local residents, was the key organizer of the event. Their work is a fine example of local engagement through continuous capacity building, supported by a UNESCO global geopark, to conserve, promote and sustainably develop the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

12 March, 2018

2018 Spring Reception in Lai Chi Wo Village

2018 Spring Reception in Lai Chi Wo Village

On 25 February 2018, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, local communities and other geopark partners gathered at Lai Chi Wo for the biggest cultural festival of the year – the 2018 Spring Reception. Organized by the seven Hing Chuen Yuek villages, this is a day to celebrate Chinese New Year and mark the start of the Year of Dog.

Alongside a number of traditions associated with Chinese New Year, like the kirin dance, this annual Spring Reception offers us an opportunity to send wishes of good luck and to catch up with each other’s news.

“Serving as the management authority of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, we are pleased to witness the community-led rural revitalisation projects in Lai Chi Wo and are committed to strengthening collaboration with the local communities and other geopark stakeholders in accordance with the UNESCO Global Geopark concept.” said Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation. “May I take this chance to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year!”

28 February, 2018

Getting to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with Geopark Hotels

Getting to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with Geopark Hotels

According to the UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG) concept, a co-management and participatory approach should be adopted in the establishment and management of a UGG. Like many other partners of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp), the Geopark Hotels are committed to promoting sustainable geo-tourism and delivering high quality visitor services and products that help promote geopark branding.

For instance, the Geopark Hotels have a new “Explore Lai Chi Wo” package, which features a stay in a geo-themed room at one of the hotels, a tasty Geolicious menu, and a guided geo-tour to Lai Chi Wo, a 300-year-old Hakka village, while their “Sai Kung High Island Geo-trail” package will take you on an enchanted journey to an ancient caldera and a close-up experience with the geopark’s world-unique hexagonal rock columns.

From now until March 2018, visitors can sign up for one of these packages or pick up a new self-guided tour map, prepared by and available at the Geopark Hotels, for an enjoyable exploration of HKUGGp.

The Geopark Hotels, L’hotel Island South and L’hotel élan become partners of HKUGGp in 2010. The lobby and selected rooms of the hotels are decorated with a geopark theme. Geopark videos are broadcast in the hotel lobby and on a dedicated in-room TV channel. The hotels also have a specially-designed geopark menu to help promote geo-conservation and geopark guided tours.

24 January, 2018

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