The Amah Rock is a popular tourist destination in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. It is a natural rock formation on a hilltop within the Lion Rock Country Park in southwest Sha Tin overlooking Kowloon, Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island. Its shape resembles a woman carrying a baby on her back.
Also called Mong Fu Shek, or "the stone that is gazing out for her husband" in Cantonese, the approximately 15-metre tall rock has become a symbol of a wife's infinite patience, loyalty and faithfulness.
According to an ancient legend, the Amah Rock is the petrified remains of a fisherman’s wife who patiently waited for her husband's return from the sea. She scrambled through the forest and climbed the hills every day, carrying her son, to wait for her husband's arrival. Unfortunately, the husband has drowned and will never be coming back. Taking pity from the wife's plight, the Goddess of the Sea transformed her into a rock to end her longing and so that her spirit can reunite with her husband's.
Today, the rock is a venerated place of worship for Chinese women and wives. It is also a popular stop among hikers on their way to the Lion Rock Country Park. At 250 metres above sea level, the area where the Amah Rock sits offers spectacular views of urban Kowloon, Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island on a clear day!
To get to the Amah Rock, take the MTR to Tai Wai, take exit C, and either take one of the various buses at Hung Mui Kuk Road, or walk along the road for around 900 meters until you get to its end, where the park’s entrance is. Alternatively, take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin and take a bus to Tsz Wan Shan North Bus Terminus.