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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 (Chinese: 獅子山), or less formally Lion Rock Hill, is a 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.
After the World War II and communists' victory in the China Civil War, many people who fled to Hong Kong from Mainland China lived in squatters in Kowloon, where the Lion Rock is clearly visible. The lives of the era, during which Hong Kong was rebuilt from poverty, was depicted by the RTHK TV series Below the Lion Rock (Chinese: 獅子山下; the first episode was broadcast in 1974). The series featured some of the early work of now famous film directors such as Ann Hui. Its theme song "Beneath the Lion Rock" (Chinese: 獅子山下), sung by Roman Tam, is considered to indicate the spirit of the Hong Kong people. The name of the series and its eponymous theme song has since been connected to the "Under the Lion Rock spirit" (Chinese: 獅子山下精神), used to refer to Hong Kong as a whole.
A banner writing "I want real universal suffrage" was hung up near the head of the 'Lion' on 23 October 2014 to show supports towards 2014 Hong Kong protests. The banner was removed by the government on 24 October 2014.
- The Lion Rock Institute is a public policy think tank advocating free market solutions for Hong Kong's policy challenges.
- Gavin Young wrote the history of Cathay Pacific Airways in a book entitled Beyond Lion Rock (1988).
- The reggae band Culture has a song entitled 'Lion Rock'.
- Visual Identity, Brand Hong Kong
- "Pro-democracy banner hung from Lion Rock has officials scrambling". www.scmp.com. South China Morning Post. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
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