Hiking in HK: Dragon’s Back

2 Dec
View from up the Mountain

View from the Dragon’s Back Trail

Dragon’s back is by far the most famous hiking trail in Hong Kong. It is considerate quite easy and with a great view making it a great attraction for locals and tourists. The hike is only 7km long and it would take around 3 hours including transportation for the whole trip.

The Trail starts on ShekO road and ends at the Big Wave Beach.

The Trail starts on ShekO road and ends at the Big Wave Beach.

How to get there: Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station, then get out at Exit A3 and take the bus 9 towards  To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. You can simply get off when you see a lot of hikers getting off and you won’t get lost.

The trail has a lot of signs, you won't get lost

The trail has a lot of signs, you won’t get lost

The first part of the trail has a lot of steps (about 250) but nothing that will set you back. The trail gets much easier after with easy slopes up and down and awesome view of Hong Kong. These ups and downs gave the trail its name, since it looks like a Darong’s Back

The hike is called Tiger's Back because of the ups and downs along the trail

It is called Dragon’s Back because of the ups and downs along the trail

After some times the Dragon’s back trail ends and join the Hong Kong trail number 8 where you can choose to go to either To Tai Tam or Big wave. We choose to Go to Big Wave

You can choose to go either way

You can choose to go either way

The trail to big wave is paved with no slopes, very easy hike. At the Big Wave beach you can see a lot of surfers and stop for a snack at the beach restaurant. To go back to the city you can take the red Mini bus in direction of Shau Kei Wan (only on holidays) or walk to ShekO road and take the bus number 9. Be aware that Red minibuses don’t accept octopus so you need to have the exact change with you.

Overall: i did enjoy the scenery of the trail but i was disappointed how many websites made it look like a very  serious hike while it was just a relaxing walk with slightly steep slopes. Also i recommend you go on week days because the road is just waaay too crowded on the week end. People line up to take pictures from the view point!!

You can see more photos of the hike and big wave in the gallery below, click on the photos to enlarge them

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