Hiking in Hong Kong: Dragon’s Back

The Dragon’s Back is an acclaimed Hong Kong hiking trail. In 2004, this trail was selected by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail. Dragon’s Back is part of the Hong Kong Trail, which is roughly 50km of hiking trail across HK Island (though Dragon’s Back itself is only about 5km). This hike has some spectacular views of Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay, and Stanley Beach/Market.

The hike is not the easiest to get to, but it is well worth the trip. You have to take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. From there, you exit (Exit A3) and catch bus 9 from the bubs terminus to To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. This was quite tricky, as this road it winding through hills and we were really unsure as to where to get off. Thankfully, the bus driver told us he would let us know when our stop came. The bus also has the drop-offs on a flashing screen ahead, but given how busy the bus usually it is, it can be easy to miss your stop.

The hike itself was really great. I have been hiking on a few trails throughout HK, but none with such great views. I only wish the weather wasn’t as foggy. The trail has many rolling hills and quite a few stairs, but overall it is quite easy to hike – definitely recommend this if you are in HK and enjoy hiking! Apparently you can end the hike at Big Wave Bay to put your feet in the sand and cool off in the ocean, but we ended up where we started. Next time we’ll have to figure out how to get to the beach afterwards!

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