Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong Tourism Board

January 19, 2011 14:03 ET

Exploring Hong Kong's Natural Wonders

A surprised outdoor paradise with stunning mountain vistas, idyllic outlying islands and fantastic hiking trails

Attention: News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, World News Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) - We are sending you this note to tell you about a video news release that will soon be coming your way for your broadcast use.

Tourists all over the world are connecting with nature (and keeping healthy) by taking walking tours of varying lengths. And it may come as a surprise, but Hong Kong is no exception. Travellers heading to this region usually have a vibrant, busy metropolis in mind. But once they realize they can be walking in stunning nature reserves and enjoying glorious scenery, within minutes of stepping off public transport, they wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity.

Yes, most people do not realize that less than 25% of the Hong Kong territory is, in fact, developed. Much of the terrain is hilly and steep and buildings for Hong Kong's over seven million residents is concentrated in relatively small sections, creating some of the most densely populated areas on the planet. But Country Parks and Nature Reserves make up about 40% of the landmass. This juxtaposition of extreme development right next to unspoilt reserves is a fascinating eye-opener for visitors.

Depending on time available, fitness level and sense of adventure, a wide variety of options is available for visitors to explore Hong Kong's natural beauty. Excursions range from a few hours walking the Dragon's Back Trail (voted Asia's 'Best Urban Hike' by Time magazine) to full-day adventures exploring the astounding beauty of the Hong Kong Geopark or discovering Hong Kong's heritage on the battlefields of World War II.

The video takes viewers on an unexpected tour of Hong Kong's natural wonders in the company of Walk Hong Kong (walkhongkong.com) Director, Marco Foehn. Marco came to Hong Kong 20 years ago as a banker and he is now a professional hiking guide. With him, viewers will discover spectacular parks as well as some intriguing urban areas, markets and historic buildings nestled amid those famous skyscrapers.

Because of the proximity of many walking trails to the city, it is possible in just a 24-hour stopover for visitors to take an invigorating and revitalizing walk, enjoy some stunning scenery and still have time to shop!

Satellite Live Feed details: the VNR will be distributed via APTN's GVW on Jan 20th (Thurs) at 03:00 - 03:15 GMT and replayed at 14:00 - 14:15 GMT.

/For further information: Please contact the Hong Kong Tourism Board, 9 Temperance Street, Ground Floor, Toronto, ontario M5H 1Y6, www.DiscoverHongKong.com/canada./ IN: INTERNATIONAL, TRANSPORT, TRAVEL

Contact Information

  • Karisa Lui, Assistant Manager, Marketing, Hong Kong Tourism Board
    Primary Phone: 416-366-2389 ext. 24
    Toll-Free: 800-563-4582
    E-mail: karisa.lui@hktb.com