Hong Kong Park
HONG KONG Park is located at the former military barracks in Central District, occupying an area of about eight hectares. The park’s main features include an aviary, a conservatory, a sports center, a squash center, a children’s playground, an Olympic Square, a vantage point and a restaurant.
The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, developed between 1861 and 1871, is the territory’s oldest public garden and occupies 5.6 hectares overlooking Central. Despite the urban surroundings, the garden provides a conservation center for endangered species.
Some 40 percent of Hong Kong’s total land area is designated as country parks and special areas for nature conservation, outdoor recreation and nature education. The 24 country parks and 22 special areas provide extensive hiking trails, barbecue, picnic and camp sites and visitor centers, which attracted about 13.2 million people in 2015.
The 61-hectare Hong Kong Wetland Park, stretching from the northern part of Tin Shui Wai to the southern tip of the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site, is a special area designated under the Country Parks Ordinance. It promotes wetland conservation, education and ecological tourism in the territory, giving visitors the opportunity to appreciate wetlands and local wildlife in an open and natural setting.
The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, located in northeast Hong Kong, comprises two regions: the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region, which contains spectacular hexagonal volcanic rock columns of a size and composition rarely found elsewhere in the world; and the Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region, whose rocks were formed over 400 million years ago, making them of great geological and educational interest. The Hong Kong Global Geopark Volcano Discovery Center at Sai Kung Waterfront Park, opened on July 15, 2014, is accessible by a wide range of public transport and is an ideal point to start a visit to the Hong Kong Geopark.
In collaboration with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong and the Association for Geo-conservation, Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Geopark operates an accredited geopark guide system to ensure the quality of the interpretation and guide services for visitors. (SD-Agencies)
(This section is dedicated to the coming 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return and the 20th anniversary of Shenzhen Daily, which fall on the same day — July 1.)