Hong Kong is a beautiful city of magic and light. So many unique things to experience and different things to try. But the hustle and bustle of the city can sometimes become overwhelming. Why not take a break and experience one of the best day-hikes Hong Kong has to offer? The Dragon’s Back Trail. The Dragon’s Back is a mountain ridge that passes through Shek O Peak, it lies within Shek O Country Park. This amazing 5.6-mile hike can be done in a day, giving 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: Shek O Peninsula Viewing Point. As you’re walking along this hike a beautiful, perfect path will open up to the skyline below as you ascend. It’s an ideal spot for an aesthetic view and Instagram photo! This will also give you a little break if you’re new to hiking or a bit worn out from the sun.
Stop 2: Shek O Peak. This spot is designed and set up to capture the most amazing panorama shots of the peninsula’s coastlines. From here you can see all the winding trails and understand why this hike is called Dragon’s Back. If you decide the hike is a bit too much, this is the best spot to turn around and turn the hike into a short loop.
Stop 3: Dragon’s Back & Pottinger Gap. Make sure to stay on the rolling ridge and trace the ‘dragon’ as you climb up the hill. At the top will be a stopping point ‘Dragon’s Back Viewing Point’ and it has a spectacular view of Tai Tam Bay on the west side. When the sky is clear even Lamma Island can be seen. Once over the ridge, you’ll arrive at Pottinger Gap and here there is an amazing view of Chai Wan’s urban high-rises against a forested landscape - so picturesque!
Stop 4: Big Wave Bay. This is the very last leg of the trail and can be slippery at times so make sure to bring appropriate shoes! Once you’ve completed the trail and moved on from the village houses you’ll see a very popular beach with suffering and other fun adventures! Big Wave Bay Beach will greet your welcomed arrival with sparkling blue waves and warm sunshine. The perfect ending to an amazing hike and a day away from the city.
This is considered a moderately easy hike, even for beginning hikers. Often, this is the first hike people experience in Hong Kong. This hike has two options:
Option 1: This is a little shorter of a hike. It would be hiking the Dragon’s Back only to the Shek O point. This option makes a loop out of the hike, turning at Shek O and back to the starting point. This version of the hike is about 2 miles and will take roughly 2 hours to complete, depending on the speed of the hikers.
Option 2: This is the longer hike that contains all four stopping points and ends at Big Wave Bay Beach. This complete trail is roughly 5.6 miles and can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete. This covers the entire ‘spine’ of the dragon and ends at an amazing beach for relaxing and basking in the delightful feeling of accomplishing the hike! Also if you start the hike earlier in the day - most optimal to avoid the hot sun - that means more time at the beach to relax and enjoy your vacation!
Dragon’s Back Hiking Tips and Tricks
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Wear sunscreen - this is an open and exposed trail, the sun will be beating down the whole trip
- Pack water, sunscreen, and snacks - there are no stopping points on this trail
- Check drop off and pick up locations for the hike beforehand
- Pack cash for rides and snacks to the hike and at the beach
The best and easiest way to get to the Dragon’s Back is by MTR to Shau Kei Wan station. Take exit A2 and just outside the A2 exit to your left, you’ll find the minibus waiting to take hikers and sunbathers to Dragon’s Back and Big Wave Bay Beach. Make sure to have cash on you ($8 per person) because the minibus drivers don’t take any other form of payment.
Make sure to bring a waterproof camera and capture all the breathtaking views from many spots along this most famous Hong Kong trail. This is one of the most beautiful forest-dense areas in Hong Kong and every inch is full of amazing picture spots to make the most out of your trip!
Because this hike is so popular, the weekends can be crowded. For the best experience, look into experiencing the hike during a weekday on your vacation. This will also help guarantee fewer people at the beach, letting you have a more amazing and delightful time in your day.
When booking your amazing vacation trip to Hong Kong, make sure to include a day for hiking the Dragon’s Tail and spending the day at Bay Wave Bay Beach. This will certainly be one of the highlights and best photo opportunities of your trip. Wǒmen zǒu ba!