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Blazing trails with new eco routes
The Standard
Friday, July 27, 2012

Hongkongers will soon be able to enjoy guided tours of eight eco-heritage routes on Lamma and Hong Kong islands.

Since 2009, more than 2,400 people have joined three tours on Lamma Island, which were jointly developed by the Conservancy Association and Hongkong Electric.

Encouraged by the success of these tours, the organizers are adding five new ones - Aberdeen, Tai Tam and Lung Fu Shan country parks and northern and southern Lamma Island - in a bid to raise people's awareness of environmental protection and conservation. The tours will be launched in October.

Conservancy Association chief executive Ken So Kwok-yin said people can see interesting plants, endangered species - such as the short-legged toad which can only be found in Hong Kong - items of local history and even take part in a night safari on Lamma.

"We hope these eco-tours will educate people to treasure our environment," So said.

Items of interest include a 100-year-old stone bridge at Tai Tam Country Park, which reflects traditional British architecture, and Mo Tat Village School on Lamma, which shows how the learning environment was in the past.

Those joining the night safari on Lamma will be able to listen to the "frogs choir" from April to August.

So said more than 150 eco-tour guides have been trained to provide monthly eco- tours. Each tour will be conducted in Cantonese, cost HK$20, and last for three hours.

Catherine Sing Kit-tak, public affairs manager of Hongkong Electric, hopes people will join an online competition to pick the top eight eco-heritage spots out of 24 options and at the same time learn more about these eco-tours.

Current tours on Lamma are held on the first Sunday of every month.

The new tours will be launched on October 14, and be held on the third Sunday of every month.

To take part in the online voting campaign, from August 1 to 31, the public can log onto www.ghkg.hk/vote or click on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greenhkgreen).

The results will be announced in October.
 
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