Professor Bernie Owen to leads a boat excursion to the beautiful Nine Pin (Kwo Chau) Islands in the Eastern waters of Hong Kong, followed by a visit to the Ming dynasty Tung Lung Fort, designed to defend the coast from pirate attacks.
The Nine Pin Islands are probably the most spectacular development of columnar hexagonal jointing in the world, and are reminiscent of the world heritage site of Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
The tuffs of the islands were erupted about 140 million years ago, a time when dinosaurs roamed the world. It is estimated that approximately 70 cubic kms of rubble were erupted during the single event which formed the tuffs. This compares with only 2 cubic kms for the Mt. St. Helens eruption and 12 cubic kms for the Krakatau eruption of 1883, which dispersed haze all over the world.
The boat trip starts at Central Pier and sails through attractive scenery and then open seas to the islands, with favourble weather the outward trip takes about one hour. First the trip visits the North Nine Pin Island to view and weather permitting walk over the beautifully developed hexagonal columns, some of which have toppled over above a large rock slide. The second stop is on the South Nine Pin Island at a sea arch developed along a fault. The trip also includes a circumnavigation of the islands to view the spectacular cliff scenery.
This is to be followed by a visit to the Ming dynasty Tung Lung Fort, designed to defend the coast from pirate attacks, which is set is spectacular scenery, with ample time for walking. During the trip a buffet lunch will to be served aboard the boat.