In this hike, we take on six of the eight mountains that surround Kowloon. The name Kowloon means nine dragons, referring to the eight peaks along the ridge and Emperor Bing of Song, revered as a dragon himself. He is known to have taken refuge behind the mountains while being pursued by Mongol troops.
With 11 kilometers of decent paths for most of the way, this hike is within reach for all levels of hikers, although one should expect a fair bit of climbing to reach Lion Rock and Kowloon Peak. For more adventurous hikers, it can be done at night for incredible city views over Kowloon and Hong Kong Island that follow you almost all of the way.
At over 600 meters, Kowloon Peak marks the highest point of the trail and once again, magnificent views over the city.
Time: 4 Hours
Start at Lok Fu MTR station and take a taxi up to Phoenix House on Lung Yan Road.
From there take a steep small path leading uphill until you meet a proper path where you turn right onto a trail that parallels MacLehose Trail Section 5 and start the climb. Look out for the sign, right up to Lion Rock Head, which you follow to the top.
Then follow the ridge to Lion Rock Peak, until you arrive at a path that turns left to rejoin MacLehose Trail and takes you down to Lion’s Pavilion.
Join Sha Tin Pass Road and continue slowly uphill for two kilometers to the Kowloon Peak Viewing Point. Here you leave the road and make your way up the small path to Tung Shan.
From here head south along the ridge, over Middle Hill and along to Kowloon Peak.
From Kowloon Peak, there are two ways to get off the mountain. The quickest and safest descent is to follow the steps down to Fei Ngo Shan Road. The other route is to follow the path down the other side of the peak, past Suicide Cliff down to Clearwater Bay Road. This, as the name suggests, can be dangerous and should only be done with an experienced guide.