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"Definitives- Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark"
Issue date: 24th July 2014/1st January 2018
Definitives - Hong Kong Global Geopark of China

Hong Kong Post issued the Hong Kong Definitive Stamps 2014, a new set of definitive stamps showcasing the distinctive landforms and landscape of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China. There are altogether 16 denominations.
text: Hong Kong Post.

High Island Reservoir East Dam

Low values - 25 mm x 29 mm
(10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $1.70, $2, $1.70, $2.30, $2.90, $3.10, $3.70, $5)  
Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A
The $1.70, $2.20, $2.90 and $3.70 stamps are also existing self-adhesive/die-cut from booklets of 10 stamps.

1st January 2018 the $2.00 and $3.70 stamp reissued self-adhesive/die-cut in booklets of 10 stamps.

 

Coil stamps
The values $1.70, $2.20, $2.90, $3.70 are also existing from 2014 as coil stamps in smaller size - 21 mm x 25 mm.
  In the coil rolls every fifth stamp had a control number printed on the backside.

1st January 2018 the $2.00, $3.70 stamps issued/reissued as coil stamps.

24.7.2014
North Ninepin Island
25 mm x 29 mm

Situated in the open sea in the Ninepin Group Geo-Area, North Ninepin Island is an island made up basically of acidic volcanic rock formed about 140 million years ago. Over millennia, wind and wave erosion have created a variety of enchanting coastal landforms. There are stunning hexagonal rock columns on the island, some of which have a diameter of over two metres.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



24.7.2014
Basalt Island
25 mm x 29 mm

One of the islands in Ung Kong Group, Basalt Island is comprised of hexagonal rock columns formed around 140 million years ago. Continuous wave action against the well-developed columnar joints of the rock columns on the island caused them to erode into sea caves. When the caves eventually enlarged and cut through, a rock bridge known as a “sea arch” was formed.


Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



24.7.2014
Tai Long Wan
25 mm x 29 mm

Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) located in the High Island Geo-Area comprises four large adjoining beaches: Tung Wan, Tai Wan, Ham Tin Wan and Sai Wan. In a wide stretch of open water, the distinctive sandy beaches in Tai Long Wan, which are exposed to strong winds all year long, were formed by the deposition of fine sand and shell fragments transported to the inner bay by waves and currents.


Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



24.7.2014
Pin Po Chau
25 mm x 29 mm

Situated in the High Island Geo-Area, Po Pin Chau consists of hexagonal rock columns formed about 140 million years ago. Originally a headland of High Island extending to the sea, Po Pin Chau was eventually separated from the main island by sustained coastal erosion, becoming an enormous sea stack towering above the shore. The hexagonal rock columns on Po Pin Chau stand in an almost upright position, resembling a giant pipe organ.


Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



24.7.2014
High Island
Reservoir East Dam
25 mm x 29 mm

The High Island Reservoir East Dam is nestled in the High Island Geo-Area with groups of distinctive S-shaped rock columns, which were formed about 140 million years ago when hot volcanic materials cooled and contracted. Affected by the movement of the earth’s crust, the semi-molten columns became deformed before they completely cooled down and solidified. Subsequently, basaltic magma intruded into the columns, forming a dark grey dyke.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A

24.7.2014
25 mm x 29 mm
Issued in booklets of 10 stamps
(self-adhesive/die-cut)

24.7.2014
Coil stamp
small size
21 mm x 25 mm



24.7.2014
Port Island
25 mm x 29 mm

Port Island in the Port Island-Bluff Head Geo-Area was formed from mostly reddish coarse sandstone and conglomerate about 70 million years ago. As the Chinese name Chek Chau implies, it is made up of red earth. The ferric-rich deposits, which were extensively oxidised in the hot, dry and high oxygen depositional environment, turned reddish brown, eventually forming the red sedimentary rocks seen on Port Island today

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A

1.1.2018
25 mm x 29 mm
The stamp reissued in booklets of 10 stamps.
(self-adhesive/die-cut)

1.1.2018
Coil stamp
small size
21 mm x 25 mm





24.7.2014
Wong Chuk Kok Tsui
25 mm x 29 mm

Wong Chuk Kok Tsui is located in the Port Island-Bluff Head Geo-Area. It has the oldest rocks in Hong Kong, including sandstone and conglomerate formed around 400 million years ago. These rock strata have been tilted and compressed into a more or less vertical position. Further coastal erosion resulted in the formation of a peculiar rock structure, such as the “Devil’s Fist”.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A

24.7.2014
Issued in booklets of 10 stamps
(self-adhesive/die-cut)

24.7.2014
Coil stamp
small size
21 mm x 25 mm



24.7.2014
Bridge's Pool
25 mm x 29 mm

Nestled in the Double Haven Geo-Area, Bride’s Pool is made up mainly of sedimentary rocks dating back to about 100 million to 130 million years. The name actually refers to the Plunge Pool at the bottom of the Bride’s Pool Waterfall. Water falling from the top of the waterfall eroded the rocks at its base, forming depressions. Further erosion by abrasion and hydraulic action formed the deep plunge pool at the base of the waterfall.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



24.7.2014
Lan Kwo Sgui
25 mm x 29 mm

Lan Kwo Shui, located in the Tung Ping Chau Geo-Area, is composed mainly of sedimentary rocks dating back some 55 million years. After continuous erosion by destructive waves, the base of the vertical sea cliff gradually receded, leaving behind a narrow flat area, gently sloping and extending into the sea, called a “wave-cut platform”, which is covered in water at high tide but exposed at low tide, allowing it to be reached by foot. Lan Kwo Shui is so named because it is difficult to reach much of the time.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A

24.7.2014
25 mm x 29 mm
Issued in booklets of 10 stamps
(self-adhesive/die-cut)

x
24.7.2014
Coil stamp
small size
21 mm x 25 mm



24.7.2014
Lung Lok Shui
25 mm x 29 mm

Situated on the central west bank of Tung Ping Chau, the renowned scenic spot Lung Lok Shui is a wide layer of unusual siliceous rock 100m long and about 0.8m thick, tilted towards the sea. From a bird’s eye view, the exposed siliceous rock visible above ground on the shoreline looks like a giant dragon rising from the water, hence earning its name, which means “dragon diving into the sea”. This landform demonstrates typical differential weathering and erosion.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



24.7.2014
Kang Lau Shek
25 mm x 29 mm

Located in the easternmost corner of Tung Ping Chau, Kang Lau Shek is made up primarily of thinly laminated siltstone, formed about 55 million years ago. Affected by constant coastal erosion, the sea-arch once situated here eroded gradually and finally collapsed, leaving behind two sea stack formations, known as Kang Lau Shek (Watchtower Stones) because they look like the watchtowers of an ancient village.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A

24.7.2014
25 mm x 29 mm
Issued in booklets of 10 stamps
(self-adhesive/die-cut)



1.1.2018
25 mm x 29 mm
The stamp reissued in booklets of 10 stamps.
(self-adhesive/die-cut)

24.7.2014
Coil stamp
small size
21 mm x 25 mm

1.1.2018
Coil stamp reissued
small size
21 mm x 25 mm




24.7.2014
Ap Chau
25 mm x 29 mm

Featuring a diverse range of wave-cut landforms, Ap Chau in the Double Haven Geo-Area offers a vista of red breccia, rare in Hong Kong, formed 70 to 90 million years ago. Duck’s Eye, a famous sea arch on the island, was formed by differential erosion – the difference in resistance or susceptibility of various rock types to wave erosion.

Issued in panes of 100 stamps and in the miniaturesheet A



 

High values - 28.5 mm x 33.5 mm
($10, $15.5, $20, $50)
Issued in panes of 50 stamps and the miniaturesheet B

24.7.2014
Sharp Island

Sharp Island is an elongated island, formed some 143 million years ago. Various types of volcanic rocks including volcanic breccia, quartz monzonite and rhyolite, can be found on the island. A natural sand bar connects Sharp Island with the neighbouring Kiu Tau Island at low tide. At high tide this is submerged, leaving Kiu Tau as a small isolated island. In geology, this coastal deposition is known as a “tombolo”.

24.7.2014
Lai Chi Chong

High Island, in Sai Kung East Country Park, is made up primarily of acidic volcanic rocks. About 140 million years ago, an extremely violent volcanic eruption occurred in the area, which resulted in the deposition of a hot volcanic mass that slowly cooled and condensed, forming the enormous hexagonal rock columns we see today. Other geological features observable on High Island include faults, folds and dyke intrusions formed by condensation of magma which penetrated into the joints.

24.7.2014
High Island

Composed mainly of volcanic sedimentary rock, Lai Chi Chong in the Tolo Channel Geo-Area was formed about 150 million years ago and features the most characteristic geological setting in Hong Kong. Tectonic movements caused the sedimentary rock strata here to become compressed and deformed, creating a breathtaking, surrealistic landscape, like a painting.

24.7.2014
Pak Sha Tau Tsui

Lying in the Double Haven Geo-Area, Pak Sha Tau Tsui is a sand spit below Wong Fong Shan, resembling an exposed ink brush pointing to the southwest at low tide. Tidal flow has deposited sand and shell fragments at the headland, where the currents meet. It is one of the famous “six treasures of Double Haven” – the “Ink Brush”.

 

Miniaturesheet A

Miniaturesheet B

 

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