Field trip to Zhaoqing and Dinghu Shan
History, Dragonflies and South China Rainforests
14 16 November 2003
Leader: Keith Wilson The Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong is delighted to announce its first ever field trip outside of Hong Kong. On the weekend of 14 16 November 2003, we are visiting the historic ancient city of Zhaoqing and the United Nations Biosphere of Dinghu Shan. The trip is lead by Keith Wilson, a world expert on dragonflies and the South China rain forests. Friday, 14 November 19.00 Meet at Queen's Pier and leave via private bus to Zhaoqing, with supper served en route Saturday, 15 November 9.00 12.00 Visit to the Seven Star Crags, spectacular limestone crags and caves in a series of lakes, where we will enjoy a walk, temple visit and boat trip. Lunch at Hotel 14.00 17.00 Tour of walled Qin garrison town of Zhaoqing, which was the home of the 16th century jesuit priest Matteo Ricci. Highlights of the tour are the Da Chen Miao, a Mingera Academy, Chongxi Ta, a Ming Pagoda and the Plum Monastery, which was established as early as AD996. The Sung dynasty castle wall, built for some 900 years, is the oldest in southern China. Sunday, 16 November 8.00 17.00 Full day tour of the UNESCO biosphere of Dinghu Shan with Keith Wilson. A unique opportunity to tour Dinghu Shan with a world expert on the area, which was China's first ever National Park. Dingu Shan has mountain ranges, streams and verdant forests, abundant birds and dragonflies and waterfalls. It also has the beautiful Qingyun Si temple, which survived the Cultural Revolution, nestling in the biosphere. Keith Wilson will lead a walking tour showing some of the spectacular trees, plants, birds, animals and dragonflies to be found in one of the best remaining examples of South China forests, including the extraordinary giant silver pheasants. 18.00 Bus to Queen's Pier, with supper served en route A recognised dragonfly south China rainforest expert, Keith Wilson has discovered more than 30 species of dragonfly in southern China which are new to science. Six of these species are in Hong Kong. He is the project manager for Hong Kong's US$12.8 million artificial reef programme, an ambitious project to restore and enhance marine resources in marine protected areas in Hong Kong. A Senior Fisheries Officer with the Agriculture and Fisheries Department, he is also responsible for marine fisheries enforcement and was previously involved in the establishment of Hong Kong's marine parks programme.