Lion Rock Country Park

Lion Rock Country Park, Hong Kong: Hours, Address, Lion Rock Country Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Lion Rock Country Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Akeira
5 contributions
Monkey
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 Kingdom4,223 contributions
One Lion, Lots of Monkeys
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, China133,854 contributions
Country Park with outstanding views of the city
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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Garston L
Oban, UK3 contributions
If you know what you're doing climb it
Jun 2020
Gwai Lo is an easy route with amazing exposure, the hike isn't too long but the sun can hit at any moment so take more water than you might think.
Written 4 June 2020
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LilyChak
Auckland Central, New Zealand2,387 contributions
Worth it
Mar 2020 • Friends
Its not an easy walk but its amazing to see lots of people today, children and elders.
We started from MTR Lok Fu station and walking up to the lion head, toward Shartin Pass. We finished the walk in three hours.
Worth it.
Written 15 March 2020
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superdg2016
Vienna, Austria5 contributions
beautiful short hike
Feb 2020
Took a cab to the trailhead, Short hike with some steep sections rewards you with an incredible view, never seen anything like it
Written 6 March 2020
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BZimm08
Iwakuni, Japan1,642 contributions
Great hike with scenic views of Hong Kong
Jan 2020
Lion Rock is well worth a visit when visiting Hong Kong. From the downtown area, I took a few different trains to get here but they were only a stop or two, so pretty quick. I began the hike and it was very doable and scenic with great views of the Hong Kong skyline. Getting to the top took about an hour, there are a few stops along the trail to take a breather. I took a different trail down, seems like there were trails all over the place, so make sure to pay attention to the trail markings. I loved the trees and vegetation along the route, they were fascinating. Lion Rock is a great hike and well worth spending a morning here while visiting Hong Kong.
Written 3 February 2020
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Helen Costelloe
27 contributions
Great views over Kowloon to HK Harbour and the Island
Mar 2019
Access to the hiking trails is easily accessible via public transport. Well worth the effort to access the fantastic views over Kowloon and the harbour. Bring lots of water
Written 5 January 2020
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Tanita F
Honefoss, Norway57 contributions
Tough hike
Sep 2019 • Couples
We started at the bus stop and felt like we had finished a hike before the actual hike. Recommend starting at Lion rock country park. It was extremely hot hiking so be prepared to sweat a lot. We had a washcloth with us. We brought 2,5 l water for two and should have brought more, I would recommend 2 l per person. Some of the hike is in sun, and some in shade. The views are good, but it was a bit hazy/foggy. We saw one monkey on the way. My advice is bring a lot of water and take your time. A good workout.
Written 27 September 2019
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Britt
12 contributions
Most amazing hike ever!!
Jul 2019 • Solo
Lion Rock Hike is the best hike i've ever done. The view at the top is great and very good for taking stunning pictures. Also the hike itself is tiring but not too difficult. I recommend to start at the "Lion Rock Pavillion, Country Park" and end at the "Sha Tin Pass", as this is all stairs (and so very hard to walk up, but down is fine). To start, go to MTR station Wong Tai Sin and take a taxi to the starting point.
Written 31 July 2019
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