Kai Kung Shan
Who is the person on the MacLehose Trail logo?
MacLehose Trail is the longest hiking
trail in Hong Kong, stretching a total length of 100 kilometres. It runs through Hong Kong
from Sai Kung in the east to Tuen Mun in the west. The trail was named after Sir MacLehose, the then
Governor of Hong Kong and officially commissioned on October 26, 1979.
Kong sculptor Tong King Sum, (1940 – 2008), designed the MacLehose Trail
logo. It is said, the design was
inspired by the silhouette of Sir MacLehose, the 25th Governor of Hong Kong
because he loved hiking. However, since
a foreigner’s build is quite large, their profiles are less aesthetic. Later,
the logo was revised smaller and more youthful, which was more appealing and
writer Teacher Liu Ke Xiang described the MacLehose Trail sign as:
「Aesthetically beautiful. A depiction of a hiker wearing a rugged
backpack, with stout legs, and one hand on his knee having just reached the
summit. It’s as if resting and admiring the beautiful view in the
In the beginning, signs on the trails were hand
engraved by workers of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department,
making each marker unique and special.
It is possible to observe varying black silhouettes. Some are slender while others are broader or
with differing size backpacks. Teacher
Liu Ke Xiang loves to discover the different MacLehose Trail signs. How many different silhouettes have you
spotted and recorded?