Hong Kong is a beautiful city of magic and light. So many unique things to experience and try different things. But the hustle and bustle of the city can be overwhelming at times. Why not take a break and experience one of the best day hikes Hong Kong has to offer? The Dragonback Path. The Dragon’s Ridge is a ridge that cuts through Shek O Peak and is located in Shek O Country Park. This amazing 5.6 mile hike can be done in one day and offers the perfect break from city life.
Hiking the Dragon’s Back Trail in Hong Kong
There are four main stops on this amazing hike:
Stop 1: Viewpoint on the Shek O Peninsula. Walking this hike opens up a beautiful perfect path to the skyline below as you climb. It is an ideal place for an aesthetic view and Instagram photo! This also gives you a little break if you are new to hiking or a bit exhausted from the sun.
Stop 2: Shek-O tip. This place was designed and set up to capture the most beautiful panoramic shots of the peninsula’s coasts. From here you can see all the winding paths and understand why this hike is called the Dragon’s Back. If you think the hike is a bit too much, this is the best place to turn around and turn the hike into a short loop.
Stop 3: Dragon’s Back & Pottinger Gap. Make sure to stay on the gentle ridge and track the “dragon” as you climb the hill. There is a stopping point at the top, Dragon’s Back Viewing Point, which offers spectacular views of Tai Tam Bay on the west side. On a clear day you can even see Lamma Island. Once you’ve traversed the ridge you’ll reach Pottinger Gap and here you’ll have stunning views of Chai Wan’s urban high rises set against a wooded landscape – so picturesque!
Stop 4: Big wave bay. This is the very last leg of the trail and can be slippery at times, so bring suitable shoes! Once you complete the path and move on from the village houses you will see a very popular beach with Leiden and other fun adventures! Big Wave Bay Beach greets your arrival with sparkling blue waves and warm sunshine. The perfect end to an amazing hike and a day out of town.
This is considered a moderate hike, even for novice hikers. This is often the first hike people experience in Hong Kong. This hike has two options:
Option 1: This is a slightly shorter hike. It would only hike the Dragon’s Spine as far as the Shek O point. This option makes a loop out of the hike, turning at Shek O and returning to the trailhead. This version of the hike is about 2 miles long and takes about 2 hours depending on the speed of the hikers.
Option 2: This is the longer hike that includes all four stops and ends at Big Wave Bay Beach. This full trail is approximately 5.6 miles long and can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete. This encompasses the dragon’s entire “spine” and ends on a fantastic beach for relaxing and sunbathing with the glorious feeling of completing the trek! Even if you start the hike earlier in the day – best to avoid the hot sun – it means more time on the beach to relax and enjoy your holiday!
Hiking tips and tricks for dragon’s back
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Put on sunscreen – this is an open and exposed trail, the sun will scorch the whole trip
- Pack water, sunscreen, and snacks—there are no stops on this trail
- Check the drop-off and pick-up locations for the trek in advance
- Pack cash for rides and snacks for the hike and at the beach
The best and easiest way to Dragon’s Back is by MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. Take the A2 exit and just before the A2 exit on the left you will find the minibus waiting to take hikers and sunbathers to Dragon’s Back and Big Wave Bay Beach. Make sure you have cash with you ($8 per person) as the minibus drivers do not accept other forms of payment.
Make sure you bring a waterproof camera and capture all the stunning views from many spots along this most famous Hong Kong hiking trail. This is one of the most beautiful wooded areas in Hong Kong and every inch is packed with amazing photo spots to make the most of your trip!
Because this hike is so popular, weekends can get crowded. For the best experience, do the trek on a weekday during your vacation. This will also help guarantee fewer people on the beach, giving you a more amazing and enjoyable time in your day.
When booking your amazing Hong Kong holiday, be sure to include a day of hiking on Dragon’s Tail and spend the day at Bay Wave Bay Beach. This will surely be one of the highlights and best photo opportunities of your trip. Wǒmen zǒu ba!
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