265: Lion Rock
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Designated as a country park in 1977, the hilly terrain of Lion Rock Country Park lies in between urban Kowloon and Sha Tin. Before the construction of tunnels and highways, its dramatic rocky landscape formed a natural physical barrier between Kowloon and the New Territories. Lion Rock itself is a 495-metre high peak resembling a sitting lion, seen as protecting the territory and embodying the collective spirit of Hong Kong citizens. This has been referred to in a popular 1970s song “Beneath the Lion Rock”. The country park is criss-crossed by a few ancient trails, some of which have become hiking routes. Starting a short taxi ride from Wong Tai Sin or Diamond Hill MTR stations at Sha Tin Pass Road, stage five of the MacLehose Trail #271 is a 10.5 kilometre hike through the park, passing close to Lion Rock itself.
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