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Geo Tours > Safety guidelines for visiting the geosites

The geosites are located mostly in the countryside, so prepare yourself well for visiting a natural environment. Always be aware of outside conditions and be self-sufficient.

Please observe the following code and safety guidelines when visiting the geosites in Hong Kong:

  1. Never go on a rock- or landform-appreciation trip alone.
  2. Never go on a rock- or landform-appreciation trip in adverse weather.
  3. Plan a safe trip by checking the tidal information posted on the Hong Kong Observatory’s website before you set off. Be aware that some coastal areas may be inaccessible at times.
  4. Plan a route with a proper trail that ALL members of your group may reasonably handle.
  5. Some islands and coastal areas may be difficult to access and are suitable only for boat trips. Avoid visiting them when there are strong easterly winds.
  6. Avoid visiting places with the potential risk of falling rocks, which may cause serious injury or death.
  7. Be alert to changes in the surrounding environment and any potential hazards, such as rapids, cliffs or steep slopes. Exercise extra caution when rock surfaces are wet.
  8. Do not climb the rock columns or walk on severely weathered or eroded surfaces. Watch out for shifting or slippery rocks.
  9. Pay special attention to, and comply with, all warning signs in the geosite.
  10. Wear suitable hiking shoes, hats and clothes. Also take enough water, food, gloves, first-aid kits and weather-proof clothes with you.
  11. Mobile phone coverage may vary from place to place. Leave details of your route and expected return time with someone who can raise the alarm if necessary.
  12. Use only tour guides who have outdoor training and first-aid skills.
  13. Use only boat operators who comply with all the safety requirements including having life jackets for all passengers.
  14. Do not take away any rock, fossil, mineral or silt. It is an offence to dig up, damage or deface any rocks in Hong Kong.
  15. Keep the countryside clean. Generate as little waste as possible and take it with you out of the geopark.
  16. Camping, including tent-camping, is permitted only in designated camp sites.

Reference information: Safety Hints for Hiking in Country Parks

( Last updated: 7-3-2019 )


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