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Richard Bangs’ Adventures With Purpose: Hong Kong: Quest For The Dragon

Airs Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Adventure travel author Richard Bangs braves the nightly throngs of shoppers in the Mong Kok district of Kowloon.

What is Eco Tourism?

Eco tourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people. According to the International Ecotourism Society, the definition of ecotourism is tourism that follows these principles: minimize impact; build environmental and cultural awareness and respect; provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts; provide direct financial benefits for conservation; provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people; raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.

In the eighth installment of his "Adventures With Purpose" series, renowned adventurer Richard Bangs ventures into the heart of Hong Kong to discover what forces drive a city in which the spiritual concept of chi and the worldly concept of wealth coexist.

Bangs begins by taking in one of the most dazzling festivals on earth, Chinese New Year. Then, he wanders beneath the skyscrapers of Central District, meanders down the alleys of Western District and ferries across the harbor to Kowloon. Later, he sails the "dragon-infested" waters to the Geopark, an ecological preserve, before making his way to Lantau Island, and finally north, to the villages of the New Territories.

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Preview: Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose: Hong Kong