Green Summer Outing - Fun & Educational Places to Go 2021
Apart from the splendid citylandscape, there are so many hidden gems in the rural areas of Hong Kong. To enjoy the sunny weather in this early summer time, read the following outing suggestions and get closer to the nature!
Hoi Ha Visitor Centre - Innovative Technologies help "Dive" into the Sea
The first thematic marine park visitor centre in Hong Kong, the Hoi Ha Visitor Centre opened in June 2021. It is located in Sai Kung West Country Park, adjacent to Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. The centre is a hub disseminating information of other attractions in the surroundings of Hoi Ha and introducing the progress of ecological studies conducted by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in various marine parks and marine reserve, with the aim of raising public understanding of the functions and management of marine parks and public awareness on marine conservation.
Visitors can take part in an interactive display "Into the Sea", where virtual reality (VR) technology is applied for visitors to explore the underwater world of marine parks. Another display "Hoi Ha Coastal Safari" in augmented reality (AR) features the rich marine biodiversity in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.
The Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is attracting lots of divers and swimmers with its good water qualities, diverse marine lives and famous coral communities. Visitors must pay special attention to avoid damaging the natural habitats when engaging different activities in the water of Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, such as not standing on fragile corals when diving or swimming. Lifeguard service is not provided in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. Swim at your own risk and always pay attention to your own safety.
Before visiting Marine Parks and engaging water activities, remember to read the "Marine Parks Visitors Code" and "Code for SCUBA divers and skin divers (snorkellers) to visit the coral sites"!
Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre - A Historical, Humanities and Environmental Trip
Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre was jointly established by the Environmental Protection Department and the University of Hong Kong in April 2008, located near the Lung Fu Shan Country Park. Through promoting the exploration of nature, the centre seeks to build a community inclusive of nature, as well as encourage the public to practice a sustainable lifestyle.
The centre’s garden and exhibition hall are free for public admission. In collaboration with the university, government and community, the centre holds themed exhibitions such as "Ecology in the Making" and "The Pulse of Nature", alongside an assortment of activities such as ecological guided tours, green workshops and BioBlitzes. These activities allow the public to learn about Lung Fu Shan and the historical, humanities, environment and ecology of Hong Kong’s nature.
Grab an Exploring Lung Fu Shan map and start your trip up to Lung Fu Shan! Visitors could hike all the way to The Peak and High West and enjoy the charming view of the Western District and the Victoria Harbour.
Though the Lung Fu Shan Country Park is the smallest country park in Hong Kong, it is the habitat of over a hundred bird and butterfly species and home for historical relics such as the Pinewood Battery and handmade reliefs by morning walkers before the establishment of the country park.
T · PARK Environmental Education Centre - A "Waste-to-energy" Experience
A Sludge Treatment Facility might not sound the most enticing of venues, but there's more to T · PARK than scientific jargon. T · PARK is a self-sufficient facility which combines a variety of advanced technologies into a single complex, bringing together sludge incinerators with a daily treatment capacity of up to 2 000 tonnes, with power generation, desalination, wastewater treatment, and various recreational, educational and ecological facilities.
To enhance public awareness of sustainable waste management solutions and resources circulation, the Environmental Education Centre of T · PARK provides guided tours. It also features educational and recreational facilities for the public, which require prior reservations. Although some popular facilities such as T · SPA and the outdoor footbath in T · GARDEN are suspended due to the pandemic situation, the educational and recreational facilities are still worth visiting. Some examples include T · GARDEN, the outdoor landscape area, and T · CAFE, the eco-friendly self-service cafe. Book your visit online and experience in person the benefits of the waste-to-energy approach in waste management.
Please refer to websites or other announcements of the exhibitions or facilities for latest visiting arrangements