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Student exchange between Hong Kong and Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geoparks


Student exchange between Hong Kong and Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geoparks

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

#EarthDay2021 #RestoreOurEarth #APGNgeoparksWeek #HongKongGeopark

28 April, 2021


New Earth Science Gallery of the Hong Kong Science Museum Opened for Public


New Earth Science Gallery

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.

#HKScM #PermanentExhibition #EarthScienceGallery #EarthDay2021

24 April, 2021


Interactive Showcases ― Discover Hong Kong Geopark


Interactive Showcases ― Discover Hong Kong Geopark

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: 22 – 25 April 2021
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: 2nd Floor, Domain Mall, Exit A, Yau Tong MTR Station

Date: 26 April to 9 May 2021
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Applause Pavilion, Ocean Park (tickets required for admission), Exit B, Ocean Park MTR Station

#EarthDay2021 #APGNGeoparksWeek #HongKongGeopark

22 April, 2021


Hong Kong Geopark participated in the "Workshop & International Seminar on Women and the Earth" event held by the Rinjani-Lombok Geopark


Workshop & International Seminar on Women and the Earth

Hong Kong Geopark participated in the "Workshop & International Seminar on Women and the Earth" event held by the Rinjani-Lombok Geopark 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).

19 April, 2021


Siu Ying Story Room opens

 

Siu Ying Story Room

The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) Siu Ying Story Room officially 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.

For more information on the Siu Ying Story Room, please visit:
https://www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s2f8.htm

25 February, 2021


The 7th "Recommended Geopark Guide" (R2G) assessment successfully completed

 

The 7th

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.

18 February, 2021


Visitor Centres to Reopen

 

Visitor Centres Reopen

The following Geopark Visitor Centres will reopen from 18 February 2021. To help ensure public safety, the special arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented.

1. Hong Kong Geopark Visitor Centre
2. Sai Kung Volcano Discovery Centre
3. Kat O Story Room
4. Ap Chau Story Room
5. Kau Sai Village Story Room

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 remain cancelled until further notice.

16 February, 2021


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