HONG KONG UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK – CHINA
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, formerly Hong Kong National Geopark, was inaugurated on November 3, 2009. It covers an area of 50km2 across parts of the Eastern and Northeastern New Territories. On September 18, 2011, UNESCO listed the Geopark as part of its Global Geoparks Network.,
Situated in close proximity to Hong Kong’s world-famous financial and business centre, which is also a food and shopping paradise, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China is lauded as a unique “Geopark in the City”, with the city centre a mere one-hour bus or car ride away.
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark’s major geoattractions include well-outcropped acidic volcanic hexagonal rock columns, of which the average diameter is 1.2m2 and which are distributed over a land-and-sea area of 100km2. The Geopark also has comprehensive sedimentary rock formations formed from the Devonian to the Paleogene (about 400 to 55 million years ago). It is integrated with diverse ecological resources such as mangroves, fung shui woods and coral communities and well-preserved Hakka walled-villages, fishing villages and historical relics such as temples that reveal the rich cultural heritage of the area, all combining to form the unique natural landscape of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.
The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China and Lesvos Global Geopark of Greece signed a sistering agreement at 3 May 2014.