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Port Island (Chek Chau 赤洲)

已有 749 次閱讀2016-6-24 15:30 |個人分類:Tai Po 大埔|系統分類:Travel @ HK

The Chinese name implies it is an island of red earth. It is located at the mouth of Tolo Harbour, at the north east of Hong Kong. The whole island is rust-colored. This extraordinary scene is known as "Danxia Wonder at Sea". Port Island is the number one representative of Hong Kong and is a member of Hong Kong Rock's Wonders in Hong Kong National Geopark.

The water around Pork Island (near the lighthouse) is a good area for diving. With water depths of 25 meters (maximum) and muddy seabed, there are a lot of soft coral and colorful sea life. It is a place suitable for photo-taking.

Port Island is uninhabited.

On the part below this picture, there are more white layered lines. It looks like numerous white mice and snakes escaping to the upper side of the island. These pictures are too horrible that I have deleted them all.

In this part of Port Island, the rocks are layered.

Crystallized chemicals on rock are confined to this section only.

Footprint

Dragon Head. As time goes by, it will no longer look like a dragon head.

We must pass this gap with care by sliding and crawling. If not, we have to swim along the sea-shore. Maybe, several years later, the remanent portion would be collapsed.

They are brave and professional to help all participants.

They chat with ease. But the participants are panicking and moving forward slowly.

The opposite is the Sharp Peak (also Nam She Tsim 蚺蛇尖) of Sai Kung Peninsula.

A snake is returning to water.

Another enjoyable, adventurous and memorable experience to Port Island is to pass through a cave. Not all participants who have visited Port Island know there is such a cave.

It is in fact at a position above, at and below sea level, depending on the tidemark. Today we are exceptionally lucky that the tidemark is low, we have the chance to experience and to pass through a cave barefoot. Please note there is no plant on rock surfaces.

We nearly finish the 'time tunnel'.

Originally, the tidemark is very low. As there are quite a lot of participants, it takes time to pass through. Those at the back are wet on the trousers, if any. This is the end of the cave. If tidemark is high, the cave will be fully flooded.

Rocks are corroded in the course of time, becoming small islands and rocks of special shape.

After hiking / climbing / crawling / sliding of about three hours, we walk along the sea-shore to get on the small boat and leave Port Island.

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