Date
19 November 2017
Hong Kong public will get a chance to see rock specimens formed during volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Photo:gov.hk
Hong Kong public will get a chance to see rock specimens formed during volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Photo:gov.hk

Hong Kong’s new attraction: A volcano discovery center

Nature and geography lovers in Hong Kong will soon have a new attraction.

Authorities will open a “volcano discovery center” to the public from July 16, as part of a Geopark in the Sai Kung district.

The center features a 1:1 hexagonal exhibit showing a range of rock specimens and information on the geological sites, according to the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department (AFCD).

Yeung Ka Ming, a senior AFCD officer overseeing the Geopark, said the hexagonal rock columns and the unique landscape were formed during a spate of extremely violent volcanic eruptions 140 million years ago.

Visitors can join guided tours led by local residents to discover the mystery of volcanic eruptions. To promote employment, most of the tour guides hired were Sai Kung residents, Yeung said, according to Apple Daily.

Yeung expects the volcano discovery center to help boost tourism-related industry in the area and benefit the local community.

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