Hong Kong Geopark

Hong Kong Geopark: Hours, Address, Hong Kong Geopark Reviews: 4.5/5

Hong Kong Geopark
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
High Island Reservoir is one of Hong Kong's most popular geological sites with the wonderful volcanic rock, which composes of giant polygonal joint columns. Amongst these the Hexagonal Volcanic Rock Columns are most typical Geo Wonders and rarely found in the world.
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2-3 hours
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Hong Kong, China2,642 contributions
Apr 2021
This UNESCO site is well worth the trouble to visit. The most scenic spots is a long way from the entrance of the park, and the best approach is to get a taxi from Sai Kung town center (about $80-$90). Of course this means you have to get to Sai Kung first. The return trip is a more challenging - particularly late afternoon on the weekends when everyone is trying to leave at the same time. There will be a fight for taxis. So visit on a weekday if possible, you will have the stunning sceneries to yourself - and that includes spectacular views of hexagonal columns and the coffer dams of the High Island Reservoir. The main trail is easy and takes 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace, but there are side trails to neighboring hilltops which are a bit more challenging but quite doable. Remember there is little shade and no shops on the trail, so planning according. Do explore Sai Kung town for its many eateries after afterwards for a thoroughly enjoyable day trip.
Written June 16, 2021
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Hong Kong, China139,471 contributions
Volcanic hexagonal columns at High Island Reservoir East Dam
Feb 2020
The Hong Kong UNESCO Global GeoPark was officially inaugurated in 2011 and includes an area of 150 square kilometres of the eastern and northeastern areas of the New Territories in Hong Kong. It includes various locations some of which have rare and remarkable geological structures and land formations that can be enjoyed by way of land and boat tour as well as hikes of various degrees of difficulty.

One particular highlight that is easy to view up close is the large escarpment seen just below the East Dam of the High Island Reservoir in the Sai Kung East Country Park. This is the second stop on short High Island Geo Trail (1.4 km). Here you find a wall of volcanic hexagonal columns in pristine condition that you can explore freely. The majority of the wall is of the straight and classic organ pipe shape. These are beautiful to look at and photograph particularly well when sky conditions are favourable and in the mornings when light is soft.

A short distance from the hexagonal columns near the cofferdam structure is another unique geological formation called the Fault Breccia Belt. This is worth a quick view before proceeding along the trail to see the remarkable S-shaped hexagonal columns. These volcanic columns where formed as a result of earthquake activity that disturbed the forming columns before they were completely formed around 140 million years ago. It is a rarely seen geological formation that can be viewed up close at this location.

There are additional hexagonal columns to see in the UNESCO Global GeoPark but these are the ones that are easiest to access and explore on foot. The others are seen from a distance on hikes or on boat rides which can be arranged at the Volcano Discovery Centre in Sai Kung.

Note: You can take a taxi from the Sai Kung village to visit the volcanic hexagonal columns and Geo Trail below the East Dam. The ride is around 20-25 minutes (HK$130 one way). At present, there is no public transportation to this particular location.

Note: Visit the official website to learn more about locations and what times of geology you can expect to see in the various places that make up the UNESCO Global GeoPark.
Written March 16, 2020
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Hong Kong, China199 contributions
Beautiful scenery, easy hike
Dec 2019
It's a bit far, but worth going. Scenes from the dam and at Biu Tsim Kok Viewing point are great.
My transportation (I was lucky on my way to Highland Reservoir there was no traffic at all and waiting time for minibus/taxi was almost nothing. I hit the road from Mongkok at 10:20am):
Take mini bus to Sai Kung at Mongkok. Mini bus terminus is on Dundas Street next to Kwong Wah Hospital in Mongkok. Fare is HK$18. The ride was 45 min
After arriving at Sai Kung Town Centre, which is the terminus, I boarded mini bus no. 7. The terminus is close to Sai Kung Pier. Fare is HK$13. I got off at Pak Tam Chung (not a terminus). I think the ride was 20 min
Then I lined up for a taxi. I share a taxi with a couple to East Dam of High Land Reservoir. It was a red taxi, i.e. town taxi. The trip costed us $90. It would be cheaper if it was a green taxi, i.e. New Territories taxi. The ride was 20 min
For my way back, I first took taxi, then changed to bus 94 at Pak Tam Chung back to Sai Kung Town Centre, then mini bus back to Mongkok
Written December 26, 2019
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Burdett P
Sayre, PA235 contributions
Kayaking Hong Kong
Jul 2019 • Couples
We booked a kayaking trip with guide through Wild Hong Kong. We brought our own lunch and ate on Whiskey Beach. This was a very nice day trip and offers an amazing contrast to the harbor between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Written July 13, 2019
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Singapore, Singapore313 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Paid 290HKD for a boat tour with a multi-lingual tour guide, departing at 2pm from the Volcanic Rock Discovery Centre. Saw many hexagonal rock columns and geographical features eg sea caves etc. Having taken a guided tour at the East Dam that same morning, I must say the hexagonal rock columns are more spectacular at the East Dam. However, admiring the views of the many islands and geographical features from the boat was also very interesting. The guide made sure all on the boat were enriched with his deep knowledge, enthusiastically going round to each and everyone of us to explain and point out what to see in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Thank you so much.

About a quarter of the boat ride was on the rougher part of the sea. One lady threw up but the rest of us did not find it bad at all. Personally, I found it added to the excitement of a boat ride out in the open sea. Would highly recommend taking this boat tour unless you are fearful of the sea and very prone to sea sickness. Even elderly with basic levels of mobility will be able to join as there is zero trekking.

I had planned my trip to be in Hong Kong over the weekend to visit the Geopark, forsaking food, shopping and other typical sightseeing activities for it. It was totally worth it. The beauty of the Geopark, the fresh air and wind lifted my spirits. Would highly recommend!!

Tips: Check the weather forecast before you go. Although the lower deck of the boat is enclosed, nice clear skies will definitely enhance your enjoyment. Not sure if there is a toilet on the lower deck as we stayed mostly on the upper deck. Do bring at least a windbreaker as the sea breeze can be very strong.

The boat tour starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm. I checked the website the night before and could not book the same tour online, but there were available slots when I turned up in person about 15 minutes before the start of the tour. The tours are not available daily but only mostly on the weekends.

The Volcanic Discovery centre (see my picture), where I booked my tour, is next to the Sai Kung bus terminal. It is next to the waterfront and pier. Address is 18 Wai Man Road Sai Kung 西贡海滨公园 (Do NOT go to geopark visitor centre, which is about 2km away.) There are many stalls and vendors at the waterfront where you can book many boat tours too but I did not get those. There is adequate food and dining, shops like 7-11, bakery shops just next to the bus terminal as well as a huge, free, clean public toilet next to the Volcanic Discovery Centre. There is apparently free public wifi just outside too, but I did not have time to try to connect. I also did not have time to explore the displays inside the centre but they looked really educational.
Written March 28, 2019
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Hong Kong, China10 contributions
Must visit
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is absolutely a gem in Hong Kong. If you miss it, you miss a large part of Hong Kong. Take a boat ride from Sai Kung Pier and you won't regret.
Written September 29, 2018
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Susan P
7 contributions
Now this is awesome! Nature at it's finest. High Island Reservoir is worth getting out of the city and seeing nature.
Apr 2018
We took a taxi to the UNESCO Geopark cost $12 bucks. We had the park to ourselves practically. The reservoir was beautiful. We walked right beside the hexagonal rock formations. We could touch the rocks. Quiet place amongst the local cows which seemed to have made this park their home. Great views of the High Island Reservoir. Lots of people hike into this park.
Written May 9, 2018
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Switzerland944 contributions
visit if you have the time
Jan 2018 • Family
Hong Kong Geopark at the north eastern edge of Sai Kung in the New Territories is not that easy to get to - we took a taxi from Tsuen Wan, and it took about 45-50 minutes to get to the site. From a certain point after Sai Wan, the road is not accessible to 'normal' cars but only taxis and specially licensed vehicles and buses. The hexagonal rock formations are remarkable, and their creation is well explained on panels next to them. From the Geopark you can hike various trails of varying difficulty, including Part 1 of the MacLehose Trail. On public holidays the place can get pretty busy....
Written January 10, 2018
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Singapore, Singapore150 contributions
a different side of Hong Kong
Jul 2017 • Friends
Managed to see only the some parts of the Sai Kung Volcanic Region. Took the boat tour from the Volcano Discovery Centre at Sai Kung for 280 HKD. Lasted 3 hours. Scenery was great. Expect to see hexagonal columns, sea caves and arches.
Written July 13, 2017
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates64 contributions
Far from the madding crowd
May 2017 • Couples
You have to make an effort to get here, it's not the easiest but for good reason - it's what makes it special. Beautiful, tranquil location for walking in the sensational scenery of HK. It's hilly so be prepared if you're not an experienced walker, but there are trails for all ages and capabilities. The little cafes are all fine and the toilet facilities mostly clean! We came back via the speed boat which was huge fun... it was actually raining so we were wet through, but hey- who cares. The coastlines geology is very special, especially the huge hexagonal rock formations.. natures sculptures.
Written June 1, 2017
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