Dragon's Back

Dragon's Back

‘5 trails for virgins on Hong Kong Island’ — CNN Travel
‘The Dragon’s Back and beyond: the best hikes in Hong Kong’ — Lonely Planet
Certificate of Excellence — TripAdvisor

Dragon’s Back mapWith beautiful coastal scenery and easy-accessibility from the city, the Dragon’s Back is a popular escape that deservedly gets regular mentions in travel guidebooks. A short hop from the bustle of Hong Kong East, the trail provides stunning views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea.

Starting Point — Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village
Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village

Down into the rabbit hole! The entrance to the beautiful Hong Kong Trail section 8 on Shek O Road is a mysterious tree tunnel with natural shades, bamboo groves, dense thickets and roots crawling on the floor. Soon the path will lead you to sunshine as you ascend.

Vantage Point over Shek O Peninsula
Vantage Point over Shek O Peninsula

After hiking for just around 20 minutes, you arrive at a scenic spot over the breath-taking scenery of Shek O Beach in the east and the magnificent Dragon’s Back in the north-west.

Shek O Peak
Shek O Peak

At 284 metres high, the hilltop sightseeing platform on Shek O Peak is the perfect place to catch your breath while enjoying the panorama of Shek O, Tai Long Wan and even Tung Lung Island.

Dragon’s Back
Dragon’s Back

Follow the rolling ridge from Shek O Peak to Wan Cham Shan to conquer the  ‘dragon’. This undulating path with fluttering butterflies, a refreshing breeze and open vistas makes for an enjoyable hike.

High Energy on the Dragon’s Back
High Energy on the Dragon’s Back

People come to a small mountain gap high up on the Dragon’s Back to fly kites or jump off into the great blue yonder with paragliding wings.

Pottinger Gap
Pottinger Gap

Sitting between Mount Collinson and Pottinger Peak, Pottinger Gap is where several trails intersect and marks the start of Pottinger Peak Country Trail. Ramble under green shades and rest to your heart’s content at the pavilion overlooking the urban landscape of Chai Wan.

End Point — Tai Long Wan
Tai Long Wan

Another ‘Big Wave Bay’ on Hong Kong Island. In the summer, this makes a good excuse to pack in the hiking and go for a dip. Waves reach several metres high in all seasons in the unobstructed bay, making it a surfer haunt. You can also fuel up at nearby outdoor cafes.

Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.

Info
Area:
Southern District
Starting point:
Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village
End point:
Tai Long Wan
Average hiking time:
About 4 hours
Distance:
Approx. 8.5 km
Replenishing stations:
There are no replenishing stations along the way, so stock up with food and water at a supermarket or convenience store in Shau Kei Wan before setting out.
Difficulty:
Difficult (No shelter and replenishment for most of the trail)
How to get there
To the starting point:
Walk from MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. Take bus 9 or the minibus with the sign 'Shek O' next to the bus terminus. Alight at To Tei Wan, Shek O Road.

From the end point:
Take the minibus or a taxi to Shau Kei Wan. From here, public transport is available to other destinations.
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