Lion Rock Country Park
Lion Rock Country Park
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is Hong Kong's very first designated country park (1977) and home of what is probably the city's most iconic natural landmarks, Lion Rock, a 495m high cliffside mountain peak that from many locations around the Kowloon Peninsula resembles a Lion's head. There are numerous entryways into the country park and a handful of popular hiking trails that crisscross the rural mountainside range that essentially separates Kowloon from the New Territories.

One trail route that is interesting takes in both Lion Rock and another interesting landmark boulder called Amah Rock, in the northern sector of the park, facing Sha Tin. You can start the trails on the Kowloon side, first taking inLion Rock before proceeding north to Amah Rock. You then finish in Tai Wai where you find a new mall called The Wai. Here you can stop for lunch or coffee break before making way home by way of the Tai Wai MTR Station.

Alternatively start from the north, entering the country park through the Hung Mui Kuk BBQ Area, proceeding up to Amah Rock first. Then proceed south across the park following signs to Lion Rock which you will encounter around 60-70 minutes later depending on your hiking speed, strength and stamina. Do take rests, the ascends on this hike are long and steep at times.

When finished with Lion Rock, proceed east along suggested trails to the park entry points nearest Wong Tai Sin. From there I suggest taking short bus 18M down to the Wong Tai Sin Square next to the MTR Station. Same if doing hikes in the reverse direction. Save yourself the leg strength and take 18M up to the Sha Tin Pass Road first, park entrance and trails up to Lion Rock are nearby. Y

Note: you can find these trails easily on Google Maps as well as the very helpful HikingTrailHK app which is highly recommended if you are planning to do hikes in Hong Kong during visits to the city.

Note: There are no facilities inside the park and limited public toilets at some of the park entrances. Best to prepare yourself in advance for taking on the trails. Have plenty of water, good walking shoes, hat and plenty of sunscreen if its sunny outside.
Written 23 November 2023
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Carmen Santiago
Mountain View, CA164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Super memorable! It is a strenuous hike (less than twin peaks), but not too long. The path is well marked, and the trail is well maintained. Seven stars out of five! It is a strenuous hike (less than twin peaks), but not too long. The path is well marked, and the trail is well maintained. For a lot of the hike, you will have shade, which is welcome. There are stops along the way for truly Instagram-worthy photos of the amazing views. The best one of course is on the very top of the loin's head (which needs just a bit of agilie rock climbing to get to). On the way back, check your GPS as there are several paths to get down - some short and some long. Instagram-worthy photos of the amazing views. The best one of course is on the very top of the loin's head (which needs just a bit of agilie rock climbing to get to). On the way back, check your GPS as there are several paths to get down - some short and some long.
Written 12 February 2023
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Lion Rock mountain might not be as famous as Victoria’s Peak, but it is the spirit of Hong Kongese and the most distinctive mountain along the Kowloon mountain range. With a rocky outcrop that resembles the side profile of a resting lion, Lion Rock is one of the most accessible urban hikes in Hong Kong. It is popular for both day and night hike, and an easier trek than the famed Kowloon Peak with Suicide Cliff. Here is how to hike it

Difficulty: 3/5 with options to skip the ascent to the lion rock itself and continue on

Time taken: 3-4 hours depending on where you end the trek

Pros: fairly close to public transport and easy to reach, great view of Kowloon Peninsula and Victoria Harbour

We saw people of all ages on the trail to Lion Rock, even some with canes and a few people carrying their dogs as well. It’s a pretty easy hike, the trail is very well marked and there are several areas to sit and rest for a while. We would suggest wearing tennis/hiking shoes as the trail isn’t all paved, over half of it is dirt/gravel.

Once you make it to the top of Lion Rock you’ll be rewarded with the best view of Hong Kong. You’ll feel like you are on top of the world up here

The Lion Rock Peak hike in is very popular with people from Hong Kong and can get very busy on the weekends. This hike is best done on a weekday if you want to have the more of the trail to yourself.

Also, make sure to check the weather in Hong Kong and tentatively plan a day to do the hike. The weather in Hong Kong can be unpredictable so be flexible with your Hong Kong plans.

Bring enough WATER there aren’t any vendors selling water along the hike. We each brought 1.5 liters of water and it was finished before we finished our hike. If you typically drink a lot of water when hiking then bring more, it’s better to have extra.

Watch out for MONKEYS. There are monkeys along the trail in the trees if you have never had an encounter with a monkey just realize there is no such thing as a nice monkey. Do NOT feed the monkey or try to touch the monkey in any way.
Written 26 September 2022
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,570 contributions
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May 2022
Lion Rock is Hong Kong's landmark for decades. While the country park is a popular destination for locals, many of the nature trails are not easy to navigate. Google Map is not reliable in the area. We tried to follow the online instruction along Eagle's Nest Nature Trail and ended up in a prohibited government facility. Go somewhere else for better scenery and safer trip.
Written 29 May 2022
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Martina
Epernay, France13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
There is nothing to see. It is all not very interesting at all. It was such bad experience that we are not able to write in words.
Written 24 May 2022
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Hong Kong, China4,603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
…from several points on the way up and down, over both the city and the mountains to the north. Hiking up and down today was a true pleasure, I can’t believe it has taken me over five years to get up here!!
Written 6 April 2022
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Shasha A
Hong Kong, China203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Locations : Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery, Sha tin
Lion Rock and Beacon Hill, Lion rock country park, Won tai sin

Sri Lankans have a beautiful tradition of starting a new thing with the blesses of their religion. Same as for us we decided to go to a temple on the very first day of 2022 new year. We chose Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery in Sha Tin. From Sha tin MTR, we walked a little bit to enter the route for the monastery. It was a very simple hike. The temple has already begun the chanting ceremony to bless the new year. This is an ancient place where Buddhist values are being carried since mid 20th century. So please behave accordingly if you visit this place. We spent some quality time there and came down as we had another spot to cover on the same day.

Wong Tai Sin was our next destination. Take exit A or E from Wong Tai sin MTR (we took E) turn left and take steps for Wong Tai Sin Square. Turn right go across the square, towards the large stage arena. and you will see the Sha tin Pass road where the mini bus halt is. Take green mini bus 18M to near Fat Jong Temple. Bus will go uphill, then you will see the big yellow temple on left and the bus will turn right to a street and stop. Get down from there.

If you want to save your energy you have to take the bus from Wong Tai Sin to here. Then you can start the hike through the incline of Sha tin pass rd.
Once you enter the Lion Rock Country Park you keep following in the Maclehose trail Sec 5 until you meet the steps to Lion Rock Peak on your left hand side. Peak was crowded that day. But we made sure we enjoyed the best views of Hong Kong from on top of Lion head. This name was given because, when you look at this rock formation from the side, it is shaped as a Lion head looking over the Hong Kong.
We were supposed to come down the same way but we decided to take a short path back down. Kowloon pass trail. But unfortunately we took the wrong turn at the Reunification pavilion and we ended up passing the Beacon hill. It was kind of an exhausting journey as it contained too many steps uphill and downhill. From Beacon hill we entered Lung Yan Rd, at M109 Beacon hill mile point, following Maclehose trail sec 5. (Near planetarium.)
If you arrive here, you have to go downhill on the Lung Yan Rd for about 1.3km until you find the Maclehose trail sec 5 again on your right hand side. Which goes down. (Near the lavatory facility) We have changed our trail to Crows Nest Nature trail, then to Eagles Nest Nature trail to Pipers Hill Rd, near Country park management centre. And to Tai Po main rd.
If you are looking for some adventure this is the best path to Lion rock. But remember you need to be physically fit to attempt this.

Here I have a summary of the distances of the spots we have travelled. Total is around 8.9km.
(5.59mnt on the video)

Fat jong temple to lion rock country park entrance
1.2km incline

Lion rock country park entrance to Lion rock head
2km trail

Lion rock head to Reunification Pavilion
550m

Pavilion to Beacon hill
950m trail

Beacon hill to Main road
4.2km

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Written 21 February 2022
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Akeira
Hyannis, MA8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
The place is full of monkeys. They steal your stuffs. Views are good. But really, this place is hyped!
Written 8 April 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a very accessible park, close to Wong Tai Sin MTR. A taxi from the station to the gates of the park is under $30HKD. It is most famous for the Lion Rock hike, Hong Kong’s most scenic and popular hike. The huge granite peak stands at 495m tall and from the top, you have absolutely stunning views across Hong Kong, Kowloon on one side and Shatin, and the New Territories on the other. It is also known for two other dramatic features, Amah Rock and Beacon Hill.
There are lots of opportunities for hiking here. The Wilson Trail Stage 6, Shatin’s Pass and MacLehose Trail Stages 5 & 6 all cross through the park. They are well sign-posted and easy to follow, although there are lots of challenging stairs and steep stretches.
It is also a great place to see wild macaque monkeys. I had wrongly assumed that they were native. They are actually a feral population that got out of control. In the early 1900s, some were released to control the spread of a local poisonous plant, strychnos which the monkeys loved to eat. Fun as it is to see the monkeys, be careful not to go too close. We saw one aggressively snatching food from one hiker so it’s best to keep all food in your back pack and don't bring it out if there are monkeys around.
Importantly, make sure to go prepared. Water, snacks, hat and sunscreen are absolute essentials. There is nowhere to refill water bottles so take enough with you. You’ll also need good shoes with grip. The paths can be steep and rocky, with loose gravelly, slippery surfaces.
GETTING THERE - You can enter the park at several points. Start off at Wong Tai Sin MTR. From there, many people get a taxi to Jong Fat temple and walk up Shatin’s Pass Rd but I prefer to get a taxi to the Lion Rock Park on Lion Park Rd. You can walk from the station to either point but a taxi will cost less than $30HKD.
Entry to the country park is free.
Written 3 April 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,090 contributions
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Apr 2021
This is one of Hong Kong's first designated country parks (1977) and part of a rural mountainous area that separates the Kowloon Peninsula from the New Territories. The country park covers approximately 550 hectares of hilly woodlands sandwiched in between the Ma On Shan Country Park to the east and Kam Shan Country Park to the west.

This country park is where you find the famous Lion Rock, a 495 metre granite boulder covered hilltop that looks like a Lion's head when seen from a distance. Lion Rock is Hong Kong's most famous geographical landmark on the Kowloon side and a very popular destination for day hikers for its remarkable views of the city down below. The park is home to another interesting but less well known landmark called Amah Rock and more outstanding city views are found at places like the Beacon Hill Viewing Point around 45 hike west of Lion Rock.

In addition to the popular hike to Lion Rock. The park is where you find the MacLehose Trail Section 5 which spans the width of the park from Tate's Cairn in the east to Tai Po Road in the west. There is an informal War Relic trail (17 different war time ruins along the Gin Drinker's Line that follows the Section #5 trail. The Wilson Trail Section #5 also cuts through the park before winding in and out of the northern boundary.

There are a couple of popular short trails that are quite easy and family friendly as well. These include Eagle's Nest Trail that covers the area between the western end of the park and Beacon Hill and Hung Mui Kuk Nature Trail in the north that includes a stop at Amah Rock.

Lion Rock Country Park has nice woodlands and the trails are in pretty good condition. Wildlife spotting mainly includes watching out for the groups of macaques that roam free in the area. These are mostly in the western half of the park. You won't see many around Lion Rock but as you approach the western end past Beacon Hill, they start to appear. By the time you are at Tai Po Road and the boundary with Kam Shan Country Park, they can be everywhere. Wild pigs can be spotted in the area at times, key your eye out for lizards, skinks and geckos and larger birds, particular our Common Black Kites are found in abundance.

In the end, Lion Rock Country Park is good little country park, nicely located for the vast majority of Hongkongers. You can access the park fairly quickly from most locations around the city and expect to be rewarded with some incredible viewpoints of the city from its higher elevation hilltops.
Written 3 April 2021
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