Dragon's Back

Attraction Dragon's Back Hong Kong Published on: 13-04-2016

2 hours 30 mins
04:00 PM
06:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Dragon's Back hiking trail - part of the 50km Hong Kong hiking trail - is one of Walk Hong Kong's most popular hikes.

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Why Dragon's Back is special ?

The Dragons Back Trail has been named the best urban hike in Asia by TIME magazine and has opened up the worlds eyes to what wonderful trekking opportunities beckon in Hong Kong. In giving the award TIME said "..The city's finest and most surprising ramble... The glory of it all is that you're so close to the city, but could hardly feel further away"

Part of the much longer (some ten times longer in-fact) Hong Kong trail, it skirts Hong Kong island starting at the world famous Victoria peak and taking in some of the most rural parts of the island whilst climbing glorious peaks and putting the hiker amongst stunning Chinese fauna and foliage. It's a natural world a million miles away from the glitz of sky scrapers piercing the sky in the distance. The Dragons back is a snippet of that trail and is perhaps the most visually rewarding and somewhat most accessible part of the island trail.

What to explore at Dragon's Back?

Starting Point – Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village

From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, Exit A3, take bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan bus terminus to To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. The entrance to the hike is on Shek O Road near To Tei Wan village. Be sure to look out for the sign!

Shek O Peak

‘Dragon’s Back’ refers to the path rolling along the ridges from Shek O Peak to Wan Cham Shan. 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.

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

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.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/

How to get to Dragon's Back?

To the starting point:

From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A3, take bus 9 at Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus to To Tei Wan, Shek O Road.

From the end point:

Walk from Tai Long Wan to Shek O. Then take bus 9 at Shek O Road back to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. From here, public transport is available to other destinations.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/

Selling points

  • “Most Challenging but enjoyable!”
  • “Heaven on earth”
  • “Wonderful hike, great views over HK.”
  • “Most Awesome trail in Hong Kong”
  • “Beautiful hike, nice beach at the end”
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Tips for you

  • Make sure you know exactly how to get here or you might end up lost.
  • Note there are no toilets along the route or stores, so be prepared with supplies particularly sun cream and water.
    What to bring
  • Some great "photo opportunities" all the way along.
  • You need proper shoes as the path is uneven in places.
    What to wear
  • It is not very hard so it is great for those who don't like much hiking experience
  • The hike is quite easy, many young children and some school trips were doing it easily so their kids may love this spot
  • Expect a little crowd during weekends and holidays.
  • The waters of Hong Kong are teaming with sharks and so you should only swim in bays which have shark nets
  • There's also a lovely beach that's a 10 minute bus ride away from the end of the hike.
    Things nearby


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Having read about the Dragon's Back, we thought we could pay a visit. We started at To Tei Wan which was a steep hike up to the top. Once at the top do not be mislead by the distances shown! Going back the way we came up seemed shorter, however, we bumped into a couple of locals who told us to head towards Tai Tam Gap, although a longer distance it was a more gentle descend! Note there are no toilets along the route or stores, so be prepared with supplies particularly sun cream and water. It took us 4 hours (had an 8 year old with us) to complete the hike between To Tei Wan and Tai Tam gap on very hot day (29 oC)

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Do the hike in reverse from Big Wave Bay to To Tei Wan bus stop in winter. Hike from To Tei Wan bus stop to Big Wave Beach in summer but bring swimwear to cool off in the water after the hike

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Dragon's Back is one of the easiest hiking trails in Hong Kong with the Magnificent view of the South central and Eastern view of Hong Kong Island. Recommendation just at the end of the ridge when the trail turns down to the Shek-O road, go further on the un-trodden path. You'll find a huge rock on the hillside where you can get the best view of the whole trail as well as Shek-O.

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I've walked Dragon's Back many time, living in Hong Kong but I've also taken many a visiting friend on this reasonably easy hike. There are a few steep section s but nothing that a reasonable fit person can't tackle. Start at the Correctional Centre on Shek O road. After a while walking on the flat you'll come out into the first of many amazing views.Once we walked in the late afternoon and had the phenomenal sight of the sun setting on one side of the Dragon's Back and the moon rising on the other. Probably good to have a torch with you for the descent if you leave it too late! The wind on the crest can be fierce at times but oh those views!!! Both sides of the back you can see the beauty of Hong Kong, something that few tourists ever get to see. It's a wonderful place to be when you're up in the hills but most visitors miss it unless they know a resident who likes walking.You can end up either on the Shek O road or on Tai Long Wan Beach. If you choose to descend to Shek O Road you can catch a bus down into Shek O village and have a well earned beer and excellent seafood at the restaurant by the roundabout. Check out Shek O beach too.Buses and taxis back can be difficult at peak periods and the weekend so try to time your visit "off peak"

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What a fantastic couple of hours. Great views and good exercise. Lots of birdcall and watched a long column of ants cross the path. Stayed for 5 minutes and didn't see beginning or end of column. You can see what turns on David Attenborough. Finished at Shek O beach for a swim and a well earned beer

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