Event Detail


Speed Boat Trip and Geological Hike on Nine Pin Islands

Professor Peter Clift
Saturday, 20 Jun 2020
10.15 am to 6.15 pm
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Professor Peter Clift joins RGS again and leads this special field trip to explore the geology of the Nine Pin Islands. During the hike, he discusses how the isolated islands to the east of Sai Kung were formed from volcanic eruptions 140 million years ago and how they contain some most spectacular hexagonal rock columns in the world.

The hike starts off with a white-knuckle speed boat ride from Sai Kung to North Nine Pin Island where we will split into groups and hike up the island and across the famous hexagonal columns.  The rocky terrain then leads to a small light house with uninterrupted views and time for a picnic lunch.

After exploring the North Island, a ten-minute speedboat journey transfers us to the larger South Island.  Once on the island, there is the opportunity to hike over a natural sea arch worn away by millions of years of the sea erosion and up to the isolated Tin Hau temple.  The hike then descends to a secluded beach.

The speedboat then collects us and returns to Sai Kung where there is time to explore the town before the return coach back to Central.

The hike is steep at certain points but should be fine for a reasonably fit person.

Professor Peter Clift read Earth Sciences at Worcester College, Oxford, followed by taking a doctorate in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh.  Following a career in the exploration geology industry, he held academic posts at several universities in the United States.  From 2004 to 2012, Professor Clift was Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen.  He is now Professor of Petroleum Geology at Louisiana State University and Visiting Research Professor at the University of Hong Kong.  

While widely recognised for his work on Holocene climate change, for which he is widely published, he is perhaps best known for relating his geomorphologic work to human civilisations.  He speaks widely at conferences worldwide, is a visiting lecturer at several universities and advises academic organisations worldwide and is soon to publish a book on Monsoon Rainfall, Great Rivers and the History of Society in Asia.


10:15    Meet at City Hall Central (coach pick up)
11:30    Take speed boat from Sai Kung Pier to Nine Pin Islands
4:30      Arrive at Sai Kung Pier by speed boat followed by free time in Sai Kung Town
5:30      Depart Sai Kung by coach
6:15      Arrive in Central (approximately)

Cost:   HK$980 for Members and $1,080 for Members’ guests.

Please bring:   Packed lunch, plenty of fluids, walking shoes and appropriate clothing for being on a boat 

This trip has limited places because of the speedboat and, for social distancing, this event is going to be held in compliance with the rules of the Government then prevailing.

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