Lung Fu Shan Country Park

Lung Fu Shan Country Park
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The welcome sign of Lung Fu Shan Country Park
Traditional Chinese 龍虎山郊野公園
Simplified Chinese 龙虎山郊野公园

Lung Fu Shan Country Park (Chinese: 龍虎山郊野公園, established 18 December 1998) is a country park located in the Central and Western District of Hong Kong. It covers the densely vegetated slopes of Lung Fu Shan, including the disused Pinewood Battery as well as the Pinewood Garden picnic area, providing a scenic backdrop to the residential and commercial districts of Hong Kong Island. In proximity to residential areas in the Mid-levels and the Western District, Lung Fu Shan area is intensively used by the public, especially by morning walkers and picnickers. It is situated at the north of Pok Fu Lam Country Park. Towards the east of Lung Fu Shan Country Park is Hatton Road, to the south is Harlech Road whereas to the north and west is a covered conduit constructed by the Water Supplies Department. This country park covers an area of about 47 hectares, making it the smallest country park in Hong Kong (not including special areas). It is also the newest country park, according to the establishment date.

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Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre [ edit ]

This is Lung Fu Shan education centre for public awareness of biodiversity.

Situated on Kotewall Road and near University Drive. Established in 2008 by Hong Kong University and the Environmental Protection Department, the Environmental Education visitor centre has been set up to address environmental challenges through collaborative and constructive actions.[1] Its mission is to maintain and take care of nature through education by working together with the University, Government, and the community. Its main goal is to provide accessible education to the community, so that they can grow and become closer to nature [2]

On top of building public awareness and education, the centre is now carrying out Citizen Science projects. Their first BioBlitz was held in 2017, with the 100 participants and volunteers observing 151 species in Lung Fu Shan Country Park with the guidance of 11 experts. In 2018 this was expanded to separate BioBlitz surveys into four animal groups: Birds; Butterflies, (other) Insects, and Amphibians and Reptiles[3]

Lung Fu Shan Trail [ edit ]

Lung Fu Shan Fitness Trail is a 2750m long trail on the Peak. Signs provide information about safe hiking on the trail. The trail starts at Pinewood Garden, routing through the Pinewood Battery, a few barbecue sites, a number of shelters, a flight of steps and a section of steep road before arriving at the junction of Harlech Road and Hatton Road. It takes about 60 minutes to complete the trail.

Pinewood Battery [ edit ]

The disused Pinewood Battery is a historic military site constructed in around 1903, and is now under preservation. Interpretive signs are erected to illustrate the historical significance of this Battery.

With the excellent environment, the Battery became a spot for wargaming. To prevent further damage of the Battery, the Country and Marine Parks Authority, AFCD has set up a warning sign on the site, stating that "using or possession of any firearm, airgun, propelling or releasing instrument are prohibited". However, many plastic BB bullets are still found on the site.

View Compass [ edit ]

The View Compass commands an excellent vistas of the western part of the territory and the Victoria Harbour.

Illustration, generated by combining multiple photos
Wide scene, generated by combining multiple photos

Country parks nearby [ edit ]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "The Centre". Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  2. ^ "Our Story". Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  3. ^ "生態速查 BioBlitz | 龍虎山生態速查 Lung Fu Shan BioBlitz". 龍虎山生態速查 LFS BioBlitz. Archived from the original on 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2019-06-20.

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Initial text based on information provided by the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), under the provision that the re-dissemination or reproduction is for non-commercial use.

Coordinates: 22°16′38″N114°08′09″E / 22.27730°N 114.13571°E / 22.27730; 114.13571

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