We began our HKU Museum Society activities last year with an outdoor trip to the Sai Kung Rock Region. This year, it is fitting to continue this tradition of discovering the great natural beauty of Hong Kong in Tung Lung Chau (東龍洲) and Po Toi Island (蒲台島) again with Professor Chan Lung-sang.
We will walk to the largest ancient rock carving in Hong Kong on Tung Lung Chau, located just east of Victoria Harbour. The distance of the walk is about 2 km round trip. If time and weather conditions permit, we will ride to the Ninepin Islands to view the sea arch and spectacular coastal landforms of this area.
Lunch and a walk will be arranged in Po Toi, a small island just 3 km off the southeastern coast of Hong Kong Island. Many of the rock formations have been poetically named Turtle Rock, Monk Rock, etc, although admittedly, one has to have a huge dose of imagination to envision the various shapes that they were named for. We will learn about rock formation and rock history from Professor Chan. The rugged coastline has been hewn from continuous pounding of the waves below the cliffs. Like most islands, there is a Tin Hau Temple, where in the old days, fishermen prayed for good harvests and safe journeys. The trip will end at about 5 pm when we disembark in Aberdeen.
Professor Chan Lung-sang (陳龍生教授) is an expert in Hong Kong geology. He received his bachelor degree from Chinese University of Hong Kong and his Ph.D from University of California at Berkeley. He taught for 10 years in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and 17 years in the Science Faculty of the University of Hong Kong. His leadership in teaching and learning was recognized when he was awarded the University of Hong Kong's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. A true believer of experiential learning, he has led many field trips around Hong Kong for the public and education sectors. He was invited to guest host the TV documentary series 'Vanishing Glacier' in 2008 and 'Water of Life' recently.