Lion Rock is a popular hill in Hong Kong that separates Kowloon Tong in Kowloon and Tai Wai in the New Territories. Its summit is 495 metres high and offers spectacular views of Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories, making it one of Hong Kong's most well known hiking destinations.
Formed mostly of granite resulting from magma cooling beneath volcanoes during the Jurassic Period, the hill was named such because it resembles a crouching lion, particularly when viewed from the Choi Hung and San Po Kong areas in East Kowloon. It is considered as one of Hong Kong's most distinctive and most impressive natural landmarks.
Lion Rock is located within Lion Rock Country Park in Hung Mui Kuk, Tai Wai. There are numerous trails that lead to its summit such as the footpath within Lion Rock Country Park and the Maclehose Trail from Sha Tin Pass. Another access is via rock climbing the south face of Lion Rock, dubbed as one of the best rock climbing sites in Hong Kong.
The hike to Lion Rock summit is challenging as there are quite steep climbs and some parts require hikers to be scrambling on all fours. However, the spectacular views at the top are worth it.