Beyond the Skyscrapers: Nature and Ecology of Hong Kong with Adrian Cheng

Beyond the Skyscrapers: Nature and Ecology of Hong Kong with Adrian Cheng


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Hong Kong may appear to be a concrete jungle full of skyscrapers. But surprisingly, about 40% of land in Hong Kong is designated as protected countryside. Join this virtual tour to explore the natural and ecological heritage in Hong Kong, and gain insight into the interaction between human and nature in this international metropolis.

Diverse species of animals and plants inhabit the twenty-four country parks and nature reserves. Four long-distance hiking trails traverse the pristine landscape, which is in close proximity to visitors from the city center. Within Hong Kong’s protected marine reserve, one can find eighty-four hard coral species; a higher coral diversity than the Caribbean Sea. On the other hand, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark comprises rich geological heritage dated back to hundreds of millions of years ago, and these world-class geological sites are just a stone’s throw from the city center.

To truly understand Hong Kong from a different perspective, we need to explore the countryside of Hong Kong. The seminar will explore the amazing animals, plants, special features, and stories of the country parks, marine reserves, and Geoparks in Hong Kong. The seminar will conclude by discussing the challenges facing the natural environment in Hong Kong, and how people in Hong Kong are striving to preserve the natural heritage in the city.

Led by a Hong Kong-born and bred nature lover, Adrian Cheng, this interactive seminar and virtual tour will help you to gain insight into the natural and ecological heritage in Hong Kong, and the interaction between human and nature in this international metropolis. On a future visit to Hong Kong, participants will look at the city from a different perspective beneath the skyscrapers and shopping malls.

Adrian was born and bred in Hong Kong. After receiving his MSc in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College London in 2009, he worked in various capacities from consultancy to government department in Hong Kong, focusing on environmental sustainability and ecological conservation. Adrian enjoys retracing the overlooked history and gems in the intriguing city of Hong Kong. He has been actively involved in historical and cultural heritage conservation projects locally through providing tours for both locals and visitors and has sought out many of the city's hidden corners. As a photographer in his free time, the street-markets and authentic neighborhoods offer records of the traditional character of the city in the midst of rapid urbanization. For the more active explorer, Adrian is familiar with the numerous hiking and heritage trails that the urban jungle of Hong Kong has to offer.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Great travelogue of Hong Kong Beyond the Skyscrapers

This seminar really lived up to its title. What in incredible introduction to the fact that the city of Hong Kong is surrounded by vast natural beauty. We learned about the many Country Parks, the Marine Parks and Reserves, and the GeoParks. The video clips of each place that Mr. Cheng talked about were really revealing of the astonishing beauty that one can explore beyond the city. I'd say that no one should plan a trip to HK without learning about these places because you will need extra time for them.

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Great travelogue of Hong Kong Beyond the Skyscrapers

This seminar really lived up to its title. What in incredible introduction to the fact that the city of Hong Kong is surrounded by vast natural beauty. We learned about the many Country Parks, the Marine Parks and Reserves, and the GeoParks. The video clips of each place that Mr. Cheng talked about were really revealing of the astonishing beauty that one can explore beyond the city. I'd say that no one should plan a trip to HK without learning about these places because you will need extra time for them.