The breeze blows towards you, akin to leaving little kisses on your cheeks. The view is simply splendid as skyscrapers line the roads below. The Lion Rock is one of the hikes that I have always wanted to conquer, and I finally did it!
Lion Rock Peak
This hike takes about 4 hours in total, and it might be a challenge to non-hikers. Some areas are steep (towards the peak) and you might have to climb a little. However, I can assure that this hike is worth every sweat and (maybe) tears.
The peak is a whooping 495 metres above ground, and you are rewarded with the amazing view of the city below. If you are adventurous enough, you can even rock climb along the steep edges of the mountains! There are some ropes and hooks on the side. Of course, that’s the more hardcore and dangerous method. Let’s just do the normal method where you have a lower chance of dying.
If danger if your middle name, I dare you to The Craziest Hike Ever
Getting to Lion Rock Peak
Getting there is easy; take mini bus 55M from Wong Tai Sin MTR station. Exit the MRT and walk towards the huge mall. Turn left at the junction of the road, and you will see McDonalds at the end. The mini bus stop is just outside McDonalds.
The mini bus will take you up a hill, and alight when you see Chuk Yuen Road. Ask the passengers on the bus if you need. Tell them that you are going to Lion Rock Peak. Cross the road after alighting and you will see long flight of stairs.
Walk up the stairs. At the end, turn right and continue up the hill. You will reach more stairs, with a sign that says: Lion Rock Peak. From there on, basically walk on the walking path. Some parts will be steep, but it will be alright. Continue on till you see a pavilion.
At the pavilion, there are 2 routes to go: hike to Sha Tin or go to the peak of Lion Rock. Follow the sign that says Lion Rock (right track) and continue all the way up. At the peak, take the left path to go to the highest point.
Lion Rock Peak Hike
The view of this hike is unreal! You get the best panoramic view of the city, with the signature dense and narrow apartments. If you are brave enough, stand/sit on the edge to take some stunning images. There are about 3 photo points on the way, 1 in the middle of your journey and 2 at the peaks.
On the way up, I met many local Hong Kongers: grandfathers and grandmothers who are super fit! They work out on the mountain and I even had a short conversation in Cantonese with them. It was heart-warming to see such fit and old people. These 70-year-old men were doing pull ups. Hopefully I can be as fit when I’m 70 years old too. I was panting a lot, just by climbing up the mountain. The older people in Hong Kong are surprisingly fit. It makes me feel extremely embarrassed because many were over-taking me while climbing up the steep slopes.
Another amazing hike is the Sunset Peak (not for the weak)
Reflections and Thoughts
I love hiking and getting in touch with Mother Nature because you realise how small you are compared to the entire universe. It makes all worries seem insignificant, all impossible seem possible and you realise that you only occupy such a small portion of the mountain, not to mention the universe. It keeps me modest about success, hungry for more and foolish because what I know is not enough.
And the best part? Conquering 1 mountain is not the end. It only means you’ve conquered 1 more than yesterday, and ready to reach the peak of the next one.
Information of Lion Rock Peak Hike
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