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Hong Kong Geopark: uncovering the geology of a metropolis.

Ng, Y., Fung, L.W. and Newsome, D. (2010) Hong Kong Geopark: uncovering the geology of a metropolis. In: Dowling, R.K. and Newsome, D., (eds.) Global Geotourism Perspectives. Goodfellow Publishers Limited, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK.


This chapter describes the issues and processes surrounding the development of the Hong Kong geopark and provides a brief account of the main geotourism resources of Hong Kong. The possibility of establishing a volcanic geopark in Hong Kong was first mentioned in a seminar at the Hong Kong University in 2005 by some Chinese geologists. However, the idea was challenged by some local academics who believed preservation was the only way to protect geology and a geopark and geotourism could only cause more harm than good to rocks and landforms. They were concerned that increased visitation to valuable geological sites could pose potential threats on significant geological features. However, the volcanic geopark idea inspired other local geologists, geotourism and ecotourism specialists (Li et a!. 2007) to seriously consider the possibility of establishing a geopark that could achieve geotourism and geoconservation objectives in Hong Kong.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Goodfellow Publishers Limited
Copyright: © Goodfellow Publishers 2010
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