Countries in Pictures – Travel Talk Series - CANARY ISLANDS by Mr. Vincent WONG
Countries in Pictures – Travel Talk Series
Traveling to world’s ancient countries through talks and rich collections of pictures
CANARY ISLANDSby Mr. Vincent WONG
The Canaries are a Spanish autonomous archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 100km west of Morocco. There are seven main islands, namely Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. It has historically been considered a link between the four continents of Africa, North America, South America and Europe. During the Age of Sail, the islands were the main stopover for Spanish galleons to their colonies in the Americas. The islands also initiated the usage of African slaves which gave inspiration to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Known as the sunshine center of Europe, the temperature is warm all the year round. There are four national parks and five of the islands have been declared a Biosphere Reserve, being home for unique plants such as Dracaena draco and Laurisilva. There are also many historical as well as natural attractions including active volcanoes, beautiful beaches, scenic mountain trails, refined architecture and amazing cultural festivals and carnivals, making the Canaries a very popular tourist destination.
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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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