The Magic of Migration

HONG KONG, January 9, 2010 -- Freshwater wetlands are among the most important yet least appreciated links in the ecological chain. They provide crucial habitats for wildlife, yet many of the world's wetlands have been destroyed in the past century.

The Mai Po Nature Reserve is one of the six most important wetlands reserves in China and is a Hong Kong treasure. This sanctuary was created in 1984 by the World Wildlife Fund; 11 years later it became a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention of 1995. The wetlands around Mai Po Marshes and Inner Deep Bay are a haven for migratory birds; in winter, thousands of birds return there including over 70% of all Hong Kong species.

With interpretation from a guide, Asia Society members and their family can spend a relaxing day in Mai Po and learn about the mystery and magic of waterbird migration. You can also see the birds close up from the birdwatching hides and explore Mai Po's many walking trails.

* Priority for Asia Society members
* Minimum age limit of 12 years
* Registrations accepted until January 4 2010, to allow for entry permit to be processed.