Section Five, which snakes along the sharp peaks above
Kowloon, is the Trail's closest approach to urban
Hong Kong. Here, crossing Lion Rock Country Park
(557 hectares), Kowloon lies below the plunging
slopes. The route begins at Tate's Cairn, near
the top of Fei Ngo Shan Road. Heading west, sometimes
along paths, sometimes along narrow roads, the
Trail passes summits and spurs. Beyond Temple
Hill the route climbs to the summit of Lion Rock,
495 metres, and then over Beacon Hill, 458 metres.
Descending past Eagle's Nest, Section Five ends
along the old Tai Po Road.
The line of Kowloon peaks, stretching
east to west for ten kilometres, is one of Hong
Kong's main topographical features. Today, with
tunnels criss-crossing the territory, we can easily
forget that for centuries the Kowloon peaks formed
a physical barrier between Kowloon and the New
Territories. The barrier was broken in 1910, when
the Kowloon-Canton Railway opened -- running through
its tunnel under Beacon Hill.
Along Section Five are some dramatic
rocky outcrops -- the best known being Amah Rock.
Legend has it that the rock was once a woman who,
her child on her back, stood waiting for her long-gone
husband. He never returned. Finally, she turned
to stone. Equally true is the geological story
of Amah Rock: it is a telling example of granite
weathering. Long-ago other granite surrounded Amah
Rock; and, as this gradually weathered and eroded
away, a much harder granite 'corestone' -- today's
Amah Rock -- remained in place.
A food kiosk
and a public toilet can be found at Sha Tin
Pass. No public transport is available to access
Sha Tin Pass or Tate’s Cairn. The easiest way
is to take a taxi from Fat Chong Temple at
Sha tin Pass Estate of Tze Wan Shan or Tse
Wan Shan MTR Station.