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[OUTDOOR] Hexagonal columns, caves and arches (geopark hike/boat tour)

Wouter Marle @woutervanmarle

University MTR Station, East Rail Line - Hong Kong
Exit B (7-Eleven)

Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 1:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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This is a day tour showcasing some of the best sights of the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, including the hexagonal columns, a beautiful beach, sea caves, sea arches and more. Departure: 9:00 from University MTR station. Finish: about 17:00 at Sai Kung. Fee: $350/$310 (children 3-12; recommended age: 6+). To secure your spot, a Yes on meetup is not enough. Please click here for booking (http://www.adventuretours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-sha_kiu.shtml). From University MTR station we take taxi to East Dam of High Island Reservoir, one of the best exposures of the famous hexagonal rock columns, to appreciate the columns and learn about the processes that formed these landscapes. We will also visit a nearby sea cave, now cut off from the sea. From East Dam we walk to Pak Lap, a secluded village with a beautiful sandy beach. From there it's a short stretch over a rocky trail to reach Mok Min Cave, a sea arch which is accessible at low tide. Back to Pak Lap, and another half an hour walk further is Sha Kiu where we may have lunch at a local seafood restaurant. After lunch a traditional wooden sampan will pick us up for a tour passing by Jin Island, then stopping at Sharp Island (famous for it's rocky tombolo, the pineapple bun rock and great variety of mostly volcanic rocks) before returning us to Sai Kung. This tour includes about three hours of walking, the first part over a road, the rest is mostly well paved and maintained footpaths. Part is over rocky trails. Total about 7.5 km walk. Itinerary: 9:00 take taxi from University MTR station (East Rail Line) to starting point of the tour: East Dam of High Island Reservoir. About 10:00 start walk, see the hexagonal columns, sea cave. Walk via Pak Lap to Mok Min Cave, a sea arch (can be entered at low tide - this schedule is timed so we will have low tide). Back to Pak Lap, on to Sha Kiu. Time permitting: visit the Tin Hau temple before sitting down for lunch. 15:00 pick up by sampan: Jin Island (see the sea arch), Sharp Island (tombolo, large variety of rocks). About 17:00 return to Sai Kung. Fee for this tour: HKD 320 per person, HKD 280 children 3-12, including transport from University MTR to starting point, boat from Sha Kiu to Sai Kung, and professional geopark guide. Excluding lunch (about $100-120/person). Click here (http://www.adventuretours.hk/scheduled-hikes/tour-sha_kiu.shtml) for more details and booking.