The marshes are part of the Inner Deep Bay that is designated as a Ramsar site, or ‘a wetland site designated for international importance’. Every year, 90,000 migratory birds seek refuge in these mudflats.
The birds feed on the shrimps, crabs, mudskippers and small fish among the mangroves, providing great opportunities for bird-watchers and wildlife photographers in the Spring and Autumn.
Over 380 bird species are known to take shelter in the Mai Po Marshes, including Kingfishers, Herons, Cormorants, Egrets, Black Kites and Avocets. Altogether, they account for 72 percent of the bird species in Hong Kong. Among them, there are around 35 endangered species, most notably the Black-faced Spoonbill. Experts estimate that there are only around 1,000 Black-faced Spoonbills in the world, making Deep Bay crucial to the continued existence of the species.
Access to the area is restricted for conservation purposes. A number of organized guided tours run throughout year, lasting for around 3 hours and costing $120 per person. Make your way to the reserve via the MTR to Yuen Long Station. From there, visitors can take a 15 min taxi ride to reach the reserve.