Hong Kong is remarkable because you can step from busy urban areas into peaceful countryside in less than an hour. That's particularly true for the Dragon's Back trail which Time Magazine declared as the Best Urban Hike in Asia (22 Nov 2004 Asia Issue). The trail is "the city's finest and most surprising ramble", the Time article says. "The glory of it all is that you're so close to the city, but could hardly feel farther away."
The journey starts on the iconic and much loved Hong Kong tram, which commenced operations in 1904. You can watch the commuters heading to work, as you rattle along what was once the waterfront and then continue the journey on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway). Take in the atmosphere of the Shau Kei Wan wet market to experience the life of ordinary Hong Kongers as they go about their daily activities.
A lovely cool path takes us through shady groves of bamboo and lush woodland, accompanied by birdsongs. You will emerge into open hillsides often covered with wild azaleas or rose myrtle.
Reaching the spectacular Shek O Country Park, you will follow rugged undulating spinal ridge of the Dragon's Back. From the ridge there are spectacular views eastwards to Clear Water Bay Peninsula and islands in the eastern sea approaches to Hong Kong. To the west, there are views of Stanley Peninsula and the South China Sea. At the foot of the Dragon's Back is the popular village Shek O with its sandy beaches and alfresco restaurants.
You will finish the walk by strolling through shaded tunnels of exotic vegetation. Then take transport back to Central, Hong Kong
Shek O Country Park and the Dragon's Back.
|The tour is graded as moderate and includes an approximate walking distance of 5.5 kilometres. Participants should bring a spare T-shirt for the return journey, a small towel, sun protection, trekking shoes or comfortable walking shoes, on cool days in winter a windbreaker or fleece jacket, and one litre of water.
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