HONG KONG GEOPARK (P.R. China)
Situated in close proximity to Hong Kong’s world-famous financial and business centre, which is also a food and shopping paradise, Hong Kong Global Geopark of China is lauded as a unique “geopark in the city”, with the city centre a mere one-hour bus or car ride away.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
Hong Kong Geopark’s major geo-attractions include well-outcropped acidic volcanic hexagonal rock columns, of which the average diameter is 1.2 metres and which are distributed over a land-and-sea area of 100 square kilometres. The geopark also has comprehensive sedimentary rock formations formed from the Devonian to the Paleogene (about 400 to 55 million years ago). It is integrated with diverse ecological resources such as mangroves, fung shui woods and coral communities and well-preserved Hakka walled-villages, fishing villages and historical relics such as temples that reveal the rich cultural heritage of the area, all combining to form the unique natural landscape of Hong Kong Geopark.
The geopark offers a wide variety of educational activities for local schools and youngsters from our sister geoparks that promote earth and environmental science, and encourages sustainable social and economic development in the adjacent areas. Thanks to public support and local engagement, geo-tourism is a new component of Hong Kong’s tourist industry, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience the rich and extraordinary natural world of Hong Kong.
The miscegenation of various peoples (indigenous, European and African) and the relative isolation of Cariri in relation to major Brazilian cities, created a distinct cultural identity with particular folkloric dances, songs, religious and artistic expressions. Therefore, the Cariri became known as a "cultural melting pot" that keeps alive the traditions of their ancestors.
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