Hiking in Hong Kong: Dragon’s Back

As much as we love the busy Hong Kong city life style… We love to explore off the beaten track too… so we decided to venture out of the city into the mountains, to hike Asia’s most urban hiking trail “Dragon’s Back”.

The mountains are easy to access via public transport (from MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, Exit A3, take bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan bus terminus to To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. The entrance to the hike is on Shek O Road near To Tei Wan village).   We arrived at the start of the trail along Shek O Road ready to begin our hike.  I’d previously read there are no shops nearby for drinks or snacks so to stock up before hand and so pleased we bought water at the station.

The hike begins with LOTS of stairs, one by one we make our way up the mountain.

One step at a time

One step at a time

We arrived at a little lookout peak – stop for a water break and to enjoy the beautiful views.  This made me wonder what the views would be like when we arrive at the top.

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Woohoo we're on the right track

Woohoo we’re on the right track

Along the trail there are stunning views over Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam and South China.  We went on a weekday morning so there were not many other hikers around.  The hike took around 1.5hrs – 2hrs.

Dragon’s Back got its name from local villagers who think the hike resembles a dragon’s back because of the ups and downs, making them think of a dragon’s spine.

At the top you are 284 meters high and have beautiful panoramic views.

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Dragon's BackWe then had to decide whether to continue hiking on the Hong Kong trail or turn around and head home. We decided to be adventurous and continue hiking, the trail changes to pathways, sheltered by trees and changing to “in the woods” feeling.

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We hiked another couple of hours to “big wave bay” along the way, we had some lovely views and peaceful moments with nature.  The Hong Kong trail combined with the Dragon’s Back hike took us 4hrs.  We finished in Big Wave Bay, this bay is popular with surfers in the area.  Upon finishing the hike you can also access the beach and chill there.  We found a nice family run beach cafe at the bay serving fresh coconuts… perfect, as I had mentioned to Je earlier a fresh coconut juice would go down nicely…we also enjoyed an ice cream before heading off to catch the bus back to the station.

At the bus station, at the top of the hill, a shuttle bus arrived giving us the option to pay HKD10 to take us back to the MTR station.  We decided to do this as didn’t know how long the bus (no 9) would take to arrive.  Note: be prepared to wait – the shuttle bus waits until it is full before departing back to the MTR station.  The no 9 bus arrived while we were sat on the shuttle and left before us.

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Not very often I would have put hiking and Hong Kong in the same sentence.  So happy we heard about this hike and would like to try other hikes in HK on the next trip 😉

Overall, this was a fun and energised hike which we would highly recommend. The trail is moderate so as long as you have comfortable trainers and reasonable fitness you should enjoy it.  We saw one family taking part with two kids and they seemed to enjoy the hike.  We’d recommend starting in the morning so it’s not too hot and don’t forget to take water!!

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