Tate's Cairn

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Tate's Cairn, Hong Kong
Tate's Cairn (Hong Kong).jpg
Tate's Cairn, viewed from the north. Tate's Cairn Meteorological Station is at the centre.
Highest point
Elevation583 m (1,913 ft)
Hong Kong Principal Datum Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates22°21′28.78″N 114°13′3.85″E / 22.3579944°N 114.2177361°E / 22.3579944; 114.2177361
Tate's Cairn, Hong Kong is located in Hong Kong
Tate's Cairn, Hong Kong
Tate's Cairn, Hong Kong
Location of Tate's Cairn in Hong Kong
Location Hong Kong

Tate's Cairn (Chinese: 大老山; lit.: 'Big Brother Mountain') is a mountain in Hong Kong at 583 metres (1,913 ft) in height. It is one of the peaks of the Kowloon Ridge and falls within Ma On Shan Country Park. The peak began to appear on colonial maps in the 1860s but remained unnamed until the beginning of the 20th Century.[1]

The origins of the peak's English name is unknown, but it may originate from maps created by a surveyor named George Passman Tate, Assistant Superintendent of Indian Survey Department whom is responsible for government maps of Hong Kong and New Territories in 1899 and 1900.[2][3]

Built in 1991 at a cost of HK$2 billion, Tate's Cairn Tunnel is a 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi)-long twin-tube vehicular tunnel running north–south beneath the peak.

The Stage 4 to 5 transition of the MacLehose Trail is located beneath the Cairn.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 22°21′29″N 114°13′04″E / 22.357994°N 114.217735°E / 22.357994; 114.217735


  1. ^ "HK Map Viewer". www.hkmaps.hk. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  2. ^ https://www.geodetic.gov.hk/common/data/pdf/explanatorynotes.pdf
  3. ^ "Explanatory Notes on Demarcation District Sheets (DD Sheets)". Land Surveyor WordPress. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2019-10-26.