Launched under the Hong Kong Tourism Board HKTB

first_imgLaunched under the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Great Outdoors Campaign, a new pilot scheme is encouraging visitors to take a closer look at Hong Kong’s lesser-known natural treasures with a range of new green tours. The first five featured tours, each run by qualified eco-tour guides, will operate over a trial period until the end of June 2018. HKTB Regional Director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Andrew Clark said the introduction of these new activities will enhance Hong Kong’s tourism product and provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Hong Kong’s local geology and ecology.“The HKTB initiated scheme will provide funding support for local travel operators to assist them in developing new green tour products, whilst also encouraging visitors to explore the enchanting landscapes beyond the city,” Mr Clark said. The new green tours include:Lai Chi Wo Hiking Tour. Dating back more than 400 years Lai Chi Wo was once among the most affluent villages in the Northeastern New Territories. Lai Chi Wo TourThe guided tour leads visitors to the largest bed of Coastal Heritiera (Heritiera Littoralis) in Hong Kong and the White-flower Derris which forms a ‘natural swing’ along the mangroves. The tour runs for eight hours and starts at HK$1,000 (approx AUD$170) per person including lunch. Geopark Hiking Tour. The long and sinuous coastline at Sai Kung is a natural geological gallery, featuring spectacular landforms and rock formations shaped by volcanic activity 140 million years ago, as well as waves and weathering. The guided tour takes visitors through magnificent hexagonal columnar joints, a natural tombolo at Sharp Island and an inland water dam wall at High Island Reservoir. The tour runs for eight hours and starts at HK$1,000 (approx AUD$170) per person including lunch. Sai Kung GeoparkGeopark Boat Tour – Sai Kung Islands. Sai Kung boasts the longest stretch of coastline and the most outlying islands in Hong Kong, with unique scenery and extraordinary rugged profiles. The tour showcases the region’s rich geo-diversity which includes magnificent sea stacks, breathtaking tubular rock columns and sea caves, typical coastal terrain, the rare acidic hexagonal volcanic rock columns of High Island, and rhyolite on Sharp Island. The tour runs for three hours and starts at HK$975 (approx AUD$166) per person. For further details or to book these tours CLICK HERE. TOP IMAGE: Lai Chi Wo Tourlast_img read more