Author Archives: Wouter van Marle

Sai Kung Geopark – High Island 2

This hike was a second visit to High Island in the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, shortly after my first event there as chronicled here. This time a slightly smaller group. First we walked down the road at East Dam, to have a look at the hexagonal columns. We checked out the fault breccia […]

Red autumn leaves in Tai Tong

As Hong Kong has a subtropical climate, most trees here are evergreens. Deciduous trees are rare here, the Sweet Gum Tree is one of them. The leaves of these trees turn a pretty shade of red before they fall off, and the best time to see these red leaves is late December. So on this […]

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau is one of the larger outlying islands, with a sizeable population of about 23,000 people. It has regular ferries to Central, and less frequent ferries to Mui Wo. Cheung Chau is popular with locals and tourists alike, not in the least for it’s seafood restaurants lining the port. The island is large enough […]

Peng Chau

The smallest of the inhabited outlying islands at under 1 km2 Peng Chau packs a remarkably large number of interesting sights. The island used to be one of Hong Kong’s major industrial basis, however nowadays no such activity is left as all factories have moved to the mainland. To get there, take a ferry from […]

Mui Wo

Mui Wo is a sleepy village at the eastern end of Lantau Island. In its glory days it was the main gateway to Lantau, and the lands around Mui Wo supplied a large part of the vegetables sold in Hong Kong’s markets. Now it’s mostly inhabited by commuters, and farming has all but disappeared. The […]

Tai Po Market

Tai Po is a historical market town in the north-east New Territories. Due to its geographical location it has been a trade centre for several centuries. With its rich history, Tai Po boosts a large number of temples and other historical features. It is a bustling town, home to about 300,000 people of which about […]

Needle Hill Tungsten Mine

Quite some time ago I discovered the existence of an abandoned mine in Needle Hill. Several tunnels had been hewn out in the rock to gain access to tungsten bearing ore. The mines closed in the 1970s following a drop in tungsten prices and a sharp increase in labour cost, and have been left idle […]

Tai Po Kau and Lead Mine Pass

This is one of my Sunday family hikes. Tai Po Kau is a beautiful nature reserve, combining lush forests with crystal clear streams and rivers. It is also well known for the fireflies, which can be best watched in spring and summer. We started off at the main entrance to the reserve, a car park […]