Roaming the countryside has become an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for many city-dwellers. Lai Chi Chong, located on the southeastern shore of Tolo Channel, is an arcadia popular among hikers. With shoreside mangroves, and rocks of varying colours by the shore and under the water, it offers a getaway from the hustle of cosmopolitan life. The rocks of the Lai Chi Chong coast were made up of compacted volcanic ash mixed with mud and sand in the crater lakes or nearby lakebeds. Layer upon layer of volcanic ashes, overlain by the mud and sand in the lakebeds, produces coarser-grained beddings of varying colours of alternate shades. Folding, faulting and slump structures in the lakebed, which are caused by the frequent earthquakes in the volcanic field, together with the calm bay, are a rare landform. To take a good look at the rocks, don’t forget to check the tidal information before setting off and go when the tide is low.