Dragon’s Back Hike takes you up to Shek O Peak and then back down the other side and is widely considered the best hike for people who want a convenient one day walk on Hong Kong Island. Located in Shek O Country Park the south of the island, this is about as far away from the busy downtown area of Hong Kong as possible, yet it takes less than one hour from Central to reach the start of the trail.
The 8.5km track takes between two and five hours to complete and it can get quite steep in parts so a sturdy and comfortable pair of trainers or walking boots are advised. It’s best to stock up with some drinks and snacks before you begin as there are no shops or restaurants on Dragon’s Back Trail. As Section 8 of the Hong Kong Trail, it is well signposted throughout and you can easily get your bearings because you are surrounded by water on three sides.
Needless to say views from the highest points of the trail are stunning. Shek O Beach and Big Waves Bay are spread out far below and you will most likely see paragliders or model airplanes flying in the sky too as this area is known for both pursuits. Although taken to mean the whole trail, the Dragon’s Back is actually the part of the track that cuts down the rolling ridges of Shek-O Peak and down to To Tei Wan Village.
To get to Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail, take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station (Exit A3) then take Bus 9 from the Shau Kei Wan Station Bus Station out front. The bus takes around 15 minutes and will drop you at the start of the trail on Shek O Road – inform the driver you want to go to Dragon’s Back Hike and stay alert for the signposts.
Dragon’s Back Hike
- Location: Shek O Country Park