1. Folding Screen Buildings

Tung Chung and Hong Kong International AirportScreen-like Buildings (Photo by Brian H.Y)

You can get a bird view of Tung Chung and Hong Kong International Airport near Por Kai Shan. I know the sunset is pretty, but you can view it elsewhere. Now let’s focus on the screen-like 50- to 70-storey buildings standing in front of you, which can be found in cities with a high population density.

After the Hong Kong International Airport was relocated from the center of the city to Lantau Island, the restriction of the height of the buildings was removed. Therefore, to fight for a wide angle of sea view on seafront sites, most real estate developers try to grab as much space in the sky as possible. Such “wall effect” not only hides the beautiful skyline in the city, but also blocks air circulation and leads to an urban heat island.

2. Volcanic Eruption

Volcanic Eruption at Sharp Peak, Hong Kong
Volcanic Eruption at Sharp Peak (Photo by Chensong)

You can tell the “volcano” is fake. Sharp Peak is a tough hiking trail in Sai Kung Country Park for professional hikers. In clear weather, people can see the sharp peak from almost every angle in the east of Sai Kung.

The real volcano in Hong Kong actually died millions of years ago, left thousands of hexagonal volcanic rocks along the coastline in Hong Kong Global Geopark. The most popular spots to see those grand volcanic rocks are High Island Geo Trail, Fa Shan and Ninepin Islands.


3. Hsien Ku Fung

Hsien Ku Fung at Pak Sing Leng 八仙嶺何仙姑
Hsien Ku Fung (Photo by Chensong)

Hsien Ku Fung (仙姑峰) is at the east end of Pak Sin Leng mountain range and Wilson TrailStage 9, and it is one of the best peaks to get a 360-degree view of the nature of northeast New Territories.

To the east is Plover Cove Reservoir, the first “reservoir in sea” over the world. Hikers can also see the Sharp Peak in Sai Kung when the sky is clear.


4. Grass Island

Grass Island (Tap Mun) 塔門
Grass Island (Photo by Yip Ho Fai 一毫子)

Grass Island, a.k.a. Tap Mun, only one hour ferry away from the city, is one of the most beautiful islands in Hong Kong.

Surrounded by multiple nature parks, Grass Island has also got perfect grassland, thus, it is a perfect place for camping, although there is no government designated camp sites on the island. It provides a brief escape away from the busy city life.


5. Dragon Diving into the Sea

Rock Strata, Dragon Diving into the Sea at Tung Ping Chau
Dragon Diving into the Sea at Tung Ping Chau (Photo by Chensong)

At the west coast of Tung Ping Chau, hikers can see an interesting geological phenomenon called “Dragon diving into the sea”. The white rock strata lying obliquely on the coast looks like the backbone of a dragon and extends from the coast into the sea.

It is actually caused by differential weathering between rock strata consisting mostly of quartz and surrounding weak rocks. The hard and white rock strata is more resistant to weathering than the surrounding rocks, so the less-resistant dark rock strata were eroded first and broken in the stormy and torrential coastal environment, leaving the most resistant white rock strata extending from the shore into the sea.

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