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The lion shaped rock viewed from the west
|Elevation||495 m (1,624 ft)|
|Location||Northern Kowloon, Hong Kong|
Lion Rock, or less formally Lion Rock Hill, is a famous hill in Hong Kong. It is located between Kowloon Tong in Kowloon and Tai Wai in the New Territories, and is 495 metres high. The peak consists of granite covered sparsely by shrubs.
Lion Rock is famous for its shape and is visible from various places in Kowloon; its resemblance to a crouching lion is most striking from the Choi Hung and San Po Kong areas in East Kowloon. A trail wends its way up the forested hillside to the top, culminating atop the lion's head. The trail can be followed across the profile of the lion, eventually linking up with the MacLehose Trail. The rock provides a beautiful view of the city and Hong Kong Island in the distance. The entire hill is located within Lion Rock Country Park in Hung Mui Kuk, Tai Wai and is made passable by vehicles by Lion Rock Tunnel, which connects Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai.
Lion Rock is near another famous rock structure, the Amah Rock.
- A road in Kowloon City is named Lion Rock Road, translated in Chinese as 獅子石道.
- There was a TV series called Below the Lion Rock between 1974 and 1994. The series, produced by RTHK, featured some of the early work of now famous film directors such as Ann Hui. The name of the series and its eponymous theme song has since been used to refer to Hong Kong as a whole.
- A popular song in Hong Kong originally sung by Roman Tam is named "Under the Lion Rock" (Chinese: 獅子山下); the song indicates the spirit of the Hong Kong people.
- Gavin Young wrote the history of Cathay Pacific Airways in a book entitled Beyond Lion Rock (1988).
- The Lion Rock Institute is a public policy think tank advocating free market solutions for Hong Kong's policy challenges.
- The reggae band Culture has a song entitled 'Lion Rock'.
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