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Discover the Treasures of our 10 Eco-heritage Routes

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Wan Chai Kaleidoscope

Dominion Garden » Star Street » Hung Shing Temple » Woo Cheong Pawn Shop » Old Wan Chai Post Office » Old Wan Chai Market » Blue House » Pak Tai Temple » Ruttonjee Hospital and Boundary Stone » Wan Chai Park

Wan Chai is one of the earliest developed districts on Hong Kong Island. During the colonial times, Chinese and foreigners alike lived and gathered in the district, making it a melting pot of diverse customs, religions and culture. The new route is developed to bring to visitors a unique experience in getting to know more about the distinctive cultural, religious and architectural features of the district. The tour will include a visit to the historical site of Hong Kong's first power station, Wan Chai Power Station on Star Street; and the Blue House and Pak Tai Temple which are of great historical and cultural value. You will also have a chance to explore the hidden ecological features of Wan Chai as an urban oasis.

Wan Chai Kaleidoscope

(Wan Chai Route)

The Wan Chai Kaleidoscope


West Town Story

Kennedy Town Forbes Street » Seven Terraces » Lo Pan Temple » Belcher Bay Park

Kennedy Town is located at the Western side of Hong Kong Island. From its humble beginnings as a rural part of Hong Kong Island, it began its rapid development during the early colonial days when commercialisation spread westward from the bustling Central District. Along with this early boom came, quite naturally, places of entertainment – restaurants, tea-houses, bath-houses as well as catering to leisure and pleasure.

Despite the on-going modernity with new residential blocks and restaurants there remains pockets of the district's rich past including those historical treasures as the Lo Pan Temple and Seven Terraces. These have been conserved and are well worth a visit. Along the way, you will also see the largest stone-wall trees in Hong Kong and learn why they have been named in the "Register of Old Valuable Trees".

(Conducted between April and June 2017 only)

West Town Story

(Western District Route)

West Town Story

Stories of Trees

Aberdeen Country Park » Aberdeen Upper Reservoir » Lady Clementi's Ride » Wan Chai Gap Park

Aberdeen is well known as the "backyard" of Hong Kong Island with the Feng Shui Wood on Nam Fung Road in Aberdeen Country Park as one of Hong Kong's "Sites with Special Scientific Interest". It is the nursery of many local tree species, making it an ideal place to study trees. How to distinguish between Yellow Camphor and Camphor tree? Can Rough-leaved Holly cure influenza? In which part of the water catchment can we find dragonflies? What is the history of Lady Clementi's Ride? "The Stories of Trees" route will show you all these and more.

 Stories of Trees

(Aberdeen Country Park Route)

The Stories of Trees

Reservoirs: Our String of Pearls

Tai Tam Country Park HK Parkview Entrance » Tai Tam Valley » Tai Tam Reservoir Road » British Style Stone Bridge » Tai Tam Road

Established in 1977, Tai Tam Country Park is the largest country park on Hong Kong Island, covering one-fifth of the surface area of the whole island. The green clusters of pools in Tai Tam are one of the finest scenic views in Hong Kong. The clear pond water nurtures many species of animals and plants. On this route you can visit more than 10 statutory heritage spots of water-related constructions. How can water from Tai Tam Tuk climb up the high mountains and then flow down to the Central and Sheung Wan areas? What interesting trees can you see along the way? How did the British army get to the Central District via Kwan Tai Road at the beginning of the city's colonial rule? What is the relationship between the Tai Tam Obelisk and the submarine of the British army? The "Reservoirs: Our String of Pearls" route takes you to examine the relationship between water and the environment.

Reservoirs: Our String of Pearls

(Tai Tam Country Park Route)

Reservoirs: Our String of Pearls

Military Imprints

The Peak Galleria » Lugard Falls Halech Road » Hatton Road » Pinewood Battery » City Boundary Stone » Kotewall Road, HKU Entrance

Adjacent to Victoria Peak and the University of Hong Kong, Lung Fu Shan is the smallest country park in terms of surface area in the city. The Peak district witnessed the development of early Hong Kong. The City Boundary Stone on Lung Fu Shan marked the limits of the then Victoria City. Pinewood Battery protected Hong Kong during World War II, and was in direct confrontation with Japanese cannons. While exploring the hundred years of history and development of our hometown, you may also greet the small residents in the wood and on the river bank, among them the precious and unique Short-legged Horned Toad.

Military Imprints

(Lung Fu Shan Country Park Route)

Military Imprints

Lamma Island

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Ecology ABC

Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier » Sok Kwu Wan Tin Hau Temple » Lo So Shing School » Tree Planting Site Pavilion » Hung Shing Yeh Beach » Yung Shue Wan Tin Hau Temple » Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier

If you want to be an ecology explorer, you have to know the interactive relationship between places such as mudflat, sea shore and woodland, etc. How do mudskippers leap over the mud? Which trees can strangle other trees to death? Are banyan and fig wasps close partners? In the transition of the wood, which plants are the pioneers? You will get to know all these after the journey!

Ecology ABC

(Route 1)

Ecology ABC

Wonders of Wind Energy

Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier » Po Wah Yuen » Tai Peng Village » Pak Kok Tree Planting Site » Tai Ling Village » Lamma Winds » Yung Shu Wan Street/Tai Wan To » Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier

Learn about renewable energy – wind power generation. Visit Hong Kong's first commercial-scale wind power station, "Lamma Winds". Wander through the villages in Yung Shue Wan, learn about plants in rural areas, and appreciate the unique pictures "carved" by banyans on stone walls.

Wonders of Wind Energy

(Route 2)

Wonders of Wind Energy

Ramble on the Rocks

Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier » Sok Kwu Wan Tin Hau Temple » Balcony Rock » Shek Pai Wan Beach » Yung Shue Ha » Mo Tat Old Village » Lamma Island Family Trail » Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier

While exploring the ecological and geographical features of Sok Kwu Wan around Ling Kok Shan, other than appreciating the remains of volcanic activities of the Jurassic Period, you will discover natural art works of bizarre shapes and forms like the Balcony Rock, Turtle Rock etc. Along the way, you can also appreciate different mountain and sea shore plants and visit an old, abandoned private school - "Mo Tat School".

Ramble on the Rocks

(Route 3)

Ramble on the Rocks

Hong Kong Greenhouse

Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier » Tai Peng Village » Pak Kok Sun Tsuen » Pak Kok Kau Tsuen » Nga Kau Wan » O Tsai » Yung Shu Wan Ferry Pier

The rural land is full of "treasures", including plants treasured since ancient times for their use in Chinese herbal medicine and for household applications such as removing stains on kitchenware. From the ecological point of view, habitats formed by different plants have inseparable links to small insects and animals. Along this route you will discover a lot of these hidden "natural treasures".

Hong Kong Greenhouse

(Route 4)

The Hong Kong Greenhouse

Night Safari

Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier » Sok Kwu Wan Tin Hau Temple » Estuary » Natural Slopes En-route » Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier

When summer arrives, amphibious animals and insects party through the night. Visit Sok Kwu Wan and, with our sharp human audio and visual senses, search through everything in sight, looking for these young folks with a penchant for the night life.

(Conducted between May and August only)

Night Safari

(Route 5)

Night Safari