14 March 2018
Tara is currently in Hong Kong for 10 days as part of the Tara Pacific expedition. The objective of this stopover is to meet the people of this dynamic port city, then do some scientific dives to study the corals of the archipelago.
After leaving Sanya and the Chinese « Riviera », Tara continued her route north in the direction of Hong Kong. A former British colony retroceded to China in 1997, Hong Kong is a « special administrative region » which includes a mainland (Kowloon) and the archipelago facing it. Its 7.3 million inhabitants have their own political, legislative, legal, economic and financial systems, different from those of the Chinese, so the Taranauts had to exchange their Chinese yuan for Hong Kong dollars.
Tara moored in front of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, ready to welcome visits onboard – © Agathe Roullin / Tara Expeditions Foundation
In the city center surrounded by a multitude of buildings competing to reach the sky, the schooner is organizing visits aboard for the people of Hong Kong. This is the very first time Tara has stopped here. A city/region encircled by the sea, Hong Kong is an essential port of call for the Tara Pacific expedition: «We could not be in Asia without stopping in Hong Kong» says Romain Troublé, executive director of the Tara Expeditions Foundation. «Historically, this is an important maritime center. But it’s also an ultra-urbanized territory, where the coral is very exposed to the stress of pollution. It’s therefore very interesting for us to see how the reefs behave and adapt to this pollution».
In addition to meeting the public, the Taranauts will make the most of this visit to Hong Kong by organizing dives to collect samples in the archipelago with the collaboration of 4 scientists from the University of Hong Kong. Afterwards, the schooner will continue her route to Taiwan.
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