Places and Trails across Hong Kong

Utilise urban parks equitably, mitigate Hong Kong’s climate hazards now

Utilise urban parks equitably, mitigate Hong Kong’s climate hazards now

Hong Kong will face more intense heat, flood, storm surges and biodiversity depletion under climate change. Healing Parks, an advocacy group, says that urban parks can help to mitigate these hazards – but current park design guidelines fail to consider climate resilience. If the government remains inactive, it would harm…

Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island

Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island

The Ung Kong group of islands is a cluster of three islands – Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island, lying off the southeast tip of the Sai Kung Peninsula.             They’re made of the same tuff that occurs from the southeastern peninsula to the Ninepin Group, and developed in the…

Tung Ping Chau the Flat Isle of Sedimentary Rocks

Tung Ping Chau the Flat Isle of Sedimentary Rocks

The most northeasterly land in Hong Kong, set in Mirs Bay and far closer to mainland Shenzhen than to the Hong Kong mainland, Tung Ping Chau is the only sizeable island in Hong Kong to be built only of sedimentary rock. Its name means Flat Island, and as you approach…

Sharp Island in Hong Kong’s smallest country park

Sharp Island in Hong Kong’s smallest country park

Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau) is the dominant member of Hong Kong’s smallest island country park, which also includes seven islets off its northeast and northwest coasts. As the name suggests, the island is indeed angular. The interior is a slender, north-south ridge that rises to 136 metres, with especially…

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Taking Hong Kong landscape photos come rain or shine

Taking Hong Kong landscape photos come rain or shine

Even if you don’t travel outside Hong Kong, your photos have to be much the same, week after week, day after day after day. Shooting from the same spot, it’s possible to take highly contrasting photos, such as by heading out at different times of day, and making…

Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes

Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes

One of the best ways of getting some outdoor exercise is to get on a bicycle, and ride away some of those coronavirus claustrophobia blues. Hong Kong hardly abounds with good routes for relaxing cycling, but there is an especially fine one in the northeast New Territories, from…

Camping and campsites in Hong Kong

Camping and campsites in Hong Kong

While day and evening trips to the Hong Kong countryside are rewarding, a whole new experience awaits if you’re willing to camp. Pampered Campers n Trampers Minus Hampers While day and evening trips to the Hong Kong countryside are rewarding, a whole new experience awaits if you’re willing…

Hong Kong Night Hiking is Far More Than a Walk in the Dark

Hong Kong Night Hiking is Far More Than a Walk in the Dark

As increasing numbers of people are discovering, night hiking may seem a little spooky, but there are rewards a-plenty, including tranquillity, scintillating scenes, respite from daytime heat, fitting in with busy work schedules, and – for some – encounters with snakes. Shek O from Dragon’s Back, at dusk…

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Hong Kong’s Wonderful Wildlife

Tired and perhaps injured Red-footed Booby rescued on Cheung Chau

Tired and perhaps injured Red-footed Booby rescued on Cheung Chau

I had a whatsapp message from Nick Florent this afternoon, a bird on the beach, on Cheung Chau; there was a photo too – a red-footed booby! This seabird is rare in Hong Kong, and even then seen pretty much only over waters well south of Hong Kong…

Jezebel butterflies seem super abundant in Hong Kong during early 2024

Jezebel butterflies seem super abundant in Hong Kong during early 2024

I’ve seen various social media posts and even a couple of media articles about large numbers of Red-base Jezebels Delias pasithoe in Hong Kong recently. It seems people especially notice them during cold spells, when many of these butterflies are grounded by the chill, maybe dying – though…

Autumn Skywatching for Birds of Prey and More in Hong Kong 

Autumn Skywatching for Birds of Prey and More in Hong Kong 

While we’ve known for some years that Grey-faced Buzzard and Chinese Sparrowhawk can pass Hong Kong in good numbers on some spring days – evidently after being deflected by easterly winds while migrating from Luzon towards southeast China (Spring Migration of Grey-faced Buzzards and Chinese Sparrowhawks in Hong…

Biodiversity of Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Geopark

Biodiversity of Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Geopark

Introduction: Biodiversity Depleted yet Rich Lying just south of the Tropic of Cancer, and with a sub-tropical climate – summers are hot and humid, winters tend towards temperate – Hong Kong has a mostly tropical flora and fauna. Though there has been significant damage to land and marine…

Film of Mai Po Marshes – Hong Kong’s wetland superstar

Film of Mai Po Marshes – Hong Kong’s wetland superstar

Here’s a film I made about Mai Po, using footage James Reynolds and I shot for the reserve, in English, Cantonese and Mandarin versions: Mai Po Marshes – Hong Kong’s Wetland Superstar, English narration by Sharon Kwok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMBbbt0Z9UE 米埔,香港著名的濕地巨星 – 廣東話 – Cantonese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joM5A61oLyU&t=28s 米埔,香港著名的湿地巨星 – 普通话 -…

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Weather including tropical cyclones

Lightning-packed Supercell over Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Lightning-packed Supercell over Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Yesterday evening (30 April 2024), weather monitoring imagery showed an intense rainstorm/thunderstorm area – a “supercell” approaching Hong Kong from the west. Radar image from www.windy.com ABUNDANT lightning recorded by HK Observatory I went from my home to the public pier at the nearby Cheung Chau typhoon shelter,…

Tropical Cyclone Ma-on Headed for Hong Kong

Tropical Cyclone Ma-on Headed for Hong Kong

25 August 2022 (evening) update: Ma-on took a track somewhat south and west of earlier forecasts; passed within 200km of Hong as a severe tropical storm early this morning. So, “no biggie”. Quite dry while it passed Hong Kong too, with intermittent showers; though still some heavy rain…

Severe Typhoon Mangkhut highlights perils of massive reclamation by Lantau

Severe Typhoon Mangkhut highlights perils of massive reclamation by Lantau

Typhoon Mangkhut helped show “storm surge” is a threat to modern cities, not just something for the history books. On 7 September, the Post published an opinion piece by me (“What Kansai airport flooding can teach Hong Kong about the perils of reclamation amid climate change”), saying the disaster…

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Typhoon Jebi a Warning for East Lantau Metropolis aka Lantau Tomorrow Vision

You may have seen the shocking images from Japan in September 2018, including as Osaka’s Kansai International Airport was flooded during the passage of Typhoon Jebi (4 September 2018). The airport was built on an island of reclaimed land, and images also showed a ship that was smashed…

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Hong Kong conservation

Nature-based Solutions for Hong Kong – corporatese jargon or worthwhile? Or both!

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I’ve lately noticed mention of nature-based solutions, abbreviated to NbS, regarding conservation ideas for Hong Kong. It seems all very well as an idea, but can it widely catch on – or is it fancypants jargon, which won’t appeal to many beyond those fond of conservation by Powerpoint…

Build San Tin Technopole on Solid Ground and Create a Wetland Park that Reduces Floods in nw Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Build San Tin Technopole on Solid Ground and Create a Wetland Park that Reduces Floods in nw Hong Kong and Shenzhen

One of the best arguments for protecting the San Tin fish ponds area – rather than destroying a large area to build the San Tin Technopole – should be mitigating flooding risk, including in downtown Shenzhen, which is also on the Shenzhen River floodplain. Yes, the Shenzhen River…

Comment on Environmental Impact Assessment on San Tin Technopole Project that will Destroy a Substantial Area of Deep Bay Fish Ponds

Comment on Environmental Impact Assessment on San Tin Technopole Project that will Destroy a Substantial Area of Deep Bay Fish Ponds

The period for commenting on the EIA for Agreement No. CE 20/2021 (CE) First Phase Development of the New Territories North – San Tin / Lok Ma Chau Development Node – Investigation – to give it the official name – ends tomorrow, 2 March 2024 as I post. I’ve commented:…

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