Watching over Kowloon is a majestic lion, a spectacle of nature aptly named Lion Rock. A symbol of Hong Kong’s can-do attitude in the 1970s, Lion Rock is where you’ll be rewarded with the most amazing, sweeping view of the city. Climb onto the rock itself for the full experience and a stunning Instagram pic to match!
Duration: 3 hours
Getting there: Most people begin their hike to Lion Rock from the east, but only by coming from the west will you see the side of the rock that looks like a lion.
East entrance: Catch a taxi from Wong Tai Sin MTR station Exit B3 for a 10-minute ride to the Lion’s Pavilion, then make your way down the slope to the start of the trail, which is marked by the “Lion Rock Country Park” arch. You could also walk to the start from Wong Tai Sin MTR station, which would take an extra 50 minutes.
West entrance: Take KMB buses 1/2B/7M/11C/11K/103/211 or green minibuses 72/73 and get off at Tin Wang Court, then head back down Chuk Yuen Road until you reach a very long staircase. Go up the stairs and you’ll reach Lion Rock Park Community Garden, where another flight of stairs will lead you to Lion Rock. You could also walk to the long staircase from Wong Tai Sin station Exit B1, which would take around 15 minutes.
Getting home: Beginning your hike from the Lion’s Pavilion will lead you to Lion Rock Park Community Garden at the end of your hike, and vice versa. Simply head home by walking or taking a taxi back to Wong Tai Sin station from either side. We love ending the hike with an ice-cold tofu pudding (with lots of crunchy red sugar and lashings of syrup, of course) at the cute little shack near the Lion’s Pavilion.
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