As many as 900 people took part in the first-ever Chinachem Charity Walk on Sunday to raise funds for WWF Hong Kong.
The walk, co-organised by Chinachem Group and the Sai Kung District Community Centre, shed light on indigenous communities' efforts to educate the public about natural and cultural heritage.
Participants started from Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail, passed some local Hakka villages and the High Island Reservoir, and eventually finished at Sai Wan Road in Sai Kung. Organisers arranged tour guides at each checkpoint to answer questions about the formation of some rare million-year-old volcanic rocks and the history of 19th-century Hakka relics.
'We learned a lot about volcanic rock columns and different species of wild plants,' said Natalie Cheung Man-kiu, 18, a hiking enthusiast who came with her friends.
Two routes were available, one lasting three hours and a shorter one catering to beginners. Sai Kung District Community Centre chairman Yuen To-shing said he hoped the event would inspire the public to join eco-tours to give them a deeper understanding of the local culture and natural environment.
Funds raised will all go to WWF Hong Kong's Island House Conservation Studies Centre for their primary school education programme.