Countries in Pictures – Travel Talk Series - ETHIOPIA by Mr. Vincent WONG
Countries in Pictures – Travel Talk Series
Traveling to world’s ancient countries through talks and rich collections of pictures
ETHIOPIA by Mr. Vincent WONG
Formerly known as Abyssinia and being called the "Roof of Africa", Ethiopia is the 10th largest country in the continent which is entirely landlocked. Split by the Great Rift Valley, it has a very rugged landscape which is full of amazing and photogenic geological features such as colourful brine springs, yellow sulphur fields, sparkling salt beds, active volcanos, lava lakes and rift valley lakes. With fossil records dating back more than 6 million years, Ethiopia is accepted by many paleoanthropologists as the place of origin of the human species. Today it is still populated by many colourful ethnic groups. As one of the oldest civilization in Africa and home to one of the earliest strands of Christianity, the country is accredited with nine UNESCO Heritage Sites. These include many interesting historical relics from stelae, tombs, to castles and rock-cut churches. Ethiopia also has a large variety of plant and animal species including 280 mammals (12 are endemic), 860 birds (18 and endemic) and more than 700 plants (12% are indigenous).
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About the Speaker
Mr. Vincent WONG
- Graduated from HKU in physical Geography 1971
- MD Jardine Transport Services Group 1971-2000
- MD Kerry Logistics Group 2000-2009
- Fellow Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics
- Fellow Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers
- Lecturing Logistics as Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK and Professor of Practice at PolyU.
- Visited over 100 countries including Antarctica, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Iceland, Mexico, Galapagos, Mauritius, Easter Island, Chile, Ecuador, Canary Island, Azores Island plus many places in China such as Inner Mongolia and Qinghai. Acted as organiser and tour leader in many trips.
- Give talks regularly to members of the HK Geological Society and HK Mineralogy Society.
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