Hong Kong's 8 natural wonders - you choose
Hong Kong has one of the world's most spectacular urban landscapes. Though less well known, its rural landscape boasts some world-class natural architecture, too.
Now conservationists are asking members of the public to vote for their favourite features, ranging from Lion Rock to the hexagonal volcanic rock columns in Ninepins.
They can choose eight from 20 sites pre-selected by the Association for Geoconservation.
The list is online at HKrocks.net and www.afcd.gov.hk.
About half of the sites on the list are among the geoparks proposed by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in his policy address.
The parks will cover more than 4,000 hectares, including land and sea areas, and they are expected to be officially recognised in about two years.
Officials have said Hong Kong might have the world's largest cluster of hexagonal rock pillars.
'These pre-selected wonders are important and unique in Hong Kong in terms of not just their physical features but also their cultural values,' said Ng Sai-leung, convenor of the association.
'We hope that through this election, the public will wake up to the importance of protecting these precious natural heritages.'
Another member of the association, Alan Chan Lun, encouraged the public to find out more about these 'geo-wonders' on their own and 'feel their own way' about them before they decide on which ones to vote for.
He noted that some of the landscapes in Hong Kong had been damaged by tourists and hikers; some visitors had failed to respect eco-tourism rules by taking away whatever rocks they liked.
The deadline for voting is November 14, and the results will be announced on December 7.
A total of 20 prizes await winners who select the greatest number of 'geo-wonders'.