It’s always fun to discover hidden gems and interesting sites in Hong Kong. Over the years, we’ve hiked our way to various beautiful rock formations all over the city – Lion Rock, Rhino Rock, Amah Rock, and Devil’s Paw to name a few. And now add to that list, Shark Rock (鯊魚石)!
As the name implies, Shark Rock is a natural rock formation that resembles a great white shark jumping out of the water! The rock is carved in all the right places to look like a shark – the nose, the mouth, and even eyes.
But en route to the Shark Rock is another interesting site, the Hollow Tree. A tree with a hollowed-out trunk that has enough room for a grown person to step inside and stick their head out from the small opening on the other side!
I think it’s fairly evident that these two are very Instaworthy spots! And what’s even better is that they’re very easy to reach.
Shark Rock and Hollow Tree Hike
Thanks to my buddy Jordan for pointing out that the “Shark Rock & Hollow Tree Hike” sounds like a Harry Potter book. Other than its mystical name, the hike is also short and easy, making it kid-friendly.
We took a few wrong turns, which is why the distance shown on the map is longer.
In fact, I would classify this as an uphill exploratory walk rather than a full-blown hike. The path is cemented throughout the walk. And although it’s uphill, it’s a gentle incline.
The Shark Rock and Hollow Tree are located near Hammer Hill, at the foot of Tate’s Cairn. And the starting point for the walk is the Fu Shan Bus Terminus on Po Kong Village Road, in between the Diamond Hill Crematorium and Fu Shan Estate.
The Fu Shan Bus Terminus is a 15-20 minute walk from the Diamond Hill MTR Station. Alternatively, you can take any number of buses to Fu Shan Estate.
Once you arrive at Po Kong Village Road, walk towards the bus terminus. If you arrive at the bus terminus from the Fu Shan Estate side, walk across the Fu Shan Bus Terminus and locate a boom barrier right after it. This is the starting point.
To the end of the unnamed road
Step around the boom barrier and walk down the road as it loops around the stream.
After the stream, the road passes a small building that looks like deserted living quarters.
And just after the living quarters, the road ends and presents you with two entrances to the cemetery.
To the cemetery
When facing the two trails, take the one on the left.
Begin walking up the incline and steps as they run alongside the stream below.
The path continues uphill on a gentle incline till it finally reaches the Diamond Hill Urn Cemetery.
To Nam Shan Mei (南山尾)
When the path emerges at the cemetery, it splits in two again. At this point, turn left onto the steps and continue walking uphill.
The path remains relatively flat and easy in this section, and it’s also shaded. It does cross with other paths too, but remember to just keep walking straight.
As the cemetery area ends, the path looks more worn out. After the cemetery, the path passes through Nam Shan Mei, an old village that’s mostly abandoned today.
We saw a couple of abandoned plots and a few homes that were still occupied.
After crossing Nam Shan Mei, the incline continues for a short distance before you hear the sound of a gushing stream (depending on the season).
The Hollow Tree (空心樹)
The stream is the location for the Hollow Tree.
It is quite literally a tree with a hollow tree trunk, big enough for an adult to step inside. And on the other side of the hollow trunk is an opening for you to stick your head out!
It’s almost as if this tree was designed for a photo opportunity!
From what I’ve read, the inside of the tree was eaten by insects. Personally, I found the Hollow Tree to have a magical charm, fit for a fairy tale. Imagine a troll who lives under the bridge and stops anyone from reaching the mystical Hollow Tree!
But given that this was just such a pretty area, we found it very peaceful to sit on the rocks on the banks of the stream once the crowd left.
The Shark Rock (鯊魚石)
After crossing the Hollow Tree, a short 50-60 metre walk will bring you to the main attraction on this walk – the Shark Rock!
Located on the left side of the path, the Shark Rock immediately grabs your attention with its uncanny resemblance to a shark!
The nose, the eyes, and the mouth bear a perfect resemblance to a great white jumping out of the water!
What I loved the most is that people have inserted small rocks into the shark’s mouth to give the appearance of teeth. It truly is the perfect finishing touch!
The Shark Rock is a very Instagrammable spot and clearly, we came totally unprepared. We saw other visitors perform scenes from Jaws, pretend to be fishing for a shark, enact shark attacks, and even ride the shark!
Let your imagination run wild with this rock, and also come prepared with any props for the photo opportunity with the shark.
Finish the hike
The easiest option to complete the mini-hike to the Shark Rock and Hollow Tree is to trace your steps back. Just remember to stay on the path that brought you here.
However, if you choose to continue walking uphill, you’ll reach Jat’s Incline. In fact, if you know the point where this path meets Jat’s Incline, you can combine Tate’s Cairn Hike with Shark Rock.
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