It’s been a busy few days here in Hong Kong with a very busy schedule, so I have a few days of activities to catch you up on! A quick warning that some of the photos here might be a bit upsetting as we have covered topics involving the dried seafood & exotic pet trade!
On Day 3 here in HK, we carried on with the topic from the previous day – Wildlife Trade, where we started the day at Hong Kong University! The campus there is absolutely gorgeous (it almost rivals our Penryn Campus ). If you’re lucky, you also get to see some of the yellow-crested cockatoos that live on campus! These are a non-native species, which were most likely introduced into the environment after escaping from international trade from Indonesia around the 1850s.
Photo credit: Robyn Hickman
When we arrived at the university, we got to hear about some of the amazing work being put in there to help combat conservation issues surrounding trade of items such as ivory, birds and shark fin. It was really inspiring to hear some of the work that’s being carried out & some of the success stories they’ve had so far! After the talks, we headed off to the dried seafood, exotic pet & bird markets to see the huge scale at which this trade is taking place.
The markets were shocking for sure, but a lot of us definitely learned a lot about how difficult it can be to figure out where the animals are being sourced from & if the trade is legal. The day definitely highlighted how much work is involved in regulating these trades & how illegal trade can easily occur without being picked up on.
We ended the day with dinner in Stanley, an area that is a centre for tourism & ex-pats, for a quick paddle before sunset & dinner!
It’s safe to say that day 4 was much more cheerful, as we headed over to Green Hub, situated in Tai Po. Green Hub is a facility following & educating others in Hong Kong about sustainable, zero-carbon living.
One of the ways in which they do this is through zero-carbon cooking workshops, which we were lucky enough to take part in! This started with a trip through their garden, choosing herbs to put into our own herbal teas. I chose Rosella & Mint and it tasted absolutely lovely!
We then went on to learn how to make our own falafel & vegan mayonnaise, putting it all together into a lovely vegan and zero-carbon lunch that everyone enjoyed! If you’d like to have a read a bit more about the work carried out by the amazing people at Green Hub (you can also stay on-site if you’re planning on visiting Hong Kong!), have a read of their website here: https://www.greenhub.hk/eng/AboutUs.aspx
Photo Credit: Sophie Bennett
For the second part of the day, we headed over to Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Gardens, home to a HUGE forest regeneration project.
From complete barren land in the 1950-60s, the farm is now home to exotic secondary forest, an important habitat for loads of species such as fruit bats & deer! Like Green Hub, Kadoorie Farm is another area striving towards sustainability and zero-carbon, and it’s so inspiring to see the amazing work they are carrying out. We even got to head up the mountains towards were current planting is taking place & take in some amazing views.
Again, if you’d like to have a read about Kadoorie Farm and all the amazing work they do alongside the forest regeneration project, check out their website here: https://www.kfbg.org/eng/
It was overall a really inspiring day seeing all the success of different restoration and zero-carbon projects, and I can definitely tell it resonated with a lot of us. I will see you next time after our visit to Mai Po – an important rest stop for loads of different species of migratory birds!
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sf458 October 15th, 2019 Hong Kong