Dragon's Back

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Dragon's Back
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Hong Kong, China8,612 contributions
Nov 2021
Dragon's Back is one of the most famous hiking paths in Hong Kong and even in Asia. The relatively pleasant walk around the southern tip of Hong Kong Island offers a panorama of the city as well as the view of sea to sky. The pathway is well maintained and suitable for most hikers. The best time to visit is early morning, preferably during weekdays to avoid the often huge crowd. Bus 9 conveniently connects both ends of Dragon's Back with Shaukiwan.
Written November 20, 2021
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Hong Kong, China146,781 contributions
Dec 2021
The Dragon's Back Trail is one of the most popular urban hikes in all of Hong Kong. Located in the Shek O Country Park, this is an easy, well-surfaced and maintained trail with a few moderately difficult ascends. As such, you will find hikers and walkers of all fitness levels doing this hike, including families with little ones.

Most begin at the southern end of the trail near Tei Wan Village and make the roughly 8km hike north to Big Wave Bay. Bus route 9 from Shau Kei Wan (MTR Exit A) to Shek O has a drop off at To Tei Wan at the Dragon's Back trailhead. At Big Wave Bay, you can take red minibus to 'Shau Kei Wan' or call in a taxi when ready to head back to the city.

The Dragon's Back Trail is particularly impressive in the southern section where it winds a ridge and provides rewarding views the Shek O Peninsula and sea to the east. To the west, you will be able to see much of the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When sky conditions are favourable, the views are outstanding.

The northern half of the trail is very flat and easy for walking, it winds through forested and some exposed parts. There are a few places with tables to rest and public toilets. You'll also find a couple of places to link up with other trails such as the Pottinger Road and Gap north of the final descend into Big Wave Bay.

Overall, Dragon's Back is a good trail. It is accessible, easy to hike, views can be outstanding on clear days. Unfortunately, this means heavy foot traffic as well, particularly on weekends and public holidays. Keep that in mind if planning on including this hike during your time in Hong Kong.
Written January 5, 2022
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United Kingdom6,324 contributions
Jan 2021
Dragon's Back is one of the most popular trails in Hong Kong and is incredibly scenic. It is actually part of the 50 km long Hong Kong Hiking Trail (Stage 8). What makes this walk so special is the fact that for the most part, you have a stunning, bird’s eye views for the whole of the walk. It’s not just a couple of lookout points – the views stretch for kilometres. The other big plus is that the trail ends at Big Wave Bay so you can jump in the ocean and have something to eat at a local cafe.
This is a manageable walk for most people. There are some uphill and downhill stretches but it is mostly flat natural terrain along a mountain ridge. The first part is very steep but this is the only really tough part. There are a couple of hundred steps but then that’s the hard part done. Once you hit the ridge, the rest of the walk is essentially level. This exposed ridge is what forms the spine of the dragon’s back (hence the name) and is a gently undulating walk. Shek O Peak is the highest point (284 metres) and is marked by a black and white post.
There is an option to do the shorter looped trail (3km) but we prefer to continue onto Big Wave Bay (8km). Allow about 2 – 2.5 hours.
The walk is well sign-posted and the paths are very clear. There is a toilet block at start of trail.
Water, sunscreen and a hat are essentials as it is quite exposed and there’s nowhere to buy anything. You’ll need sensible walking shoes because the dirt paths can be stony. I find the gravelly parts slippery also.
GETTING HERE: It is a bit of a trek by public transport. From Central, take the Island Line MTR to Shau Kei Wan station and the A3 exit, then catch bus #9 to To Tei Wan. It should be 11 stops but you will probably see other hikers getting off at the same stop. The trail starts at the bus stop and has a large wooden sign post. A taxi is easier, will take about 20 min. From memory it was around $150-160HKD
Written March 18, 2021
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Cardiff, UK1,478 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a lovely walk. Took about 2.5 hours ending up for lunch in Big Wave Bay.
We took the Island Line on the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station and then caught the Number 9 bus to start the walk. With the bus you have a choice - a double decker or a small 'public light vehicle'. We chose the latter for $10 each. Took about 20 mins and the driver drops you off at the start of the walk. A bit if a climb at the start, but these are rewarded by great views at the top. Very pleasant... plenty of little cafes in Big Wave Bay to enjoy some lunch and a beer. Highly recommended.
Written January 14, 2020
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8 contributions
Aug 2019
Dragons Back is a must do hike in Hong Kong. The view is breathtaking. To get here, you take the Chai Wan Line To the starting point:
From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A, walk to the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus to take bus number 9 and get off on the Dragons Back stop on Shek O Road. Before you start the hike there are a couple of toilets and you wont find any along the way until the end. It takes a couple of hours and you have shorter hike options too
Written June 1, 2020
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Adelaide, Australia3 contributions
Jan 2020
Fun hike with plenty of great views. We travelled there and back easily on public transport.
Accidentally cut back through the cemetery but was an interesting detour and we were able to then eat lunch at a nearby restaurant before catching the bus back.
Written February 1, 2020
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Alyssa M
2 contributions
Oct 2019
Hike was challenging but doable for beginners. Great views! Got a little confused on our way back from the beach, but for the most part it was straight forward.

If you work up an appetite, take the bus and stop by Sun Kwai Heung BBQ food on your way back to the city, it's on the way, and absolutely amazing.
Written January 19, 2020
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London, UK7,393 contributions
Apr 2020 • Solo
This hike/trail is nice but it’s seriously over rated. Get the number 9 bus from Shau Kei Wan to Tei Wan. Then the trail starts. Steps, rocks, very dangerous at points. Good views from the top but that’s it. Wear the right footwear. This hike would be extremely dangerous when it’s raining and the rocks were wet when I went and I almost slipped and broke my ankle on quite a few occasions. You can go to Big Wave Bay if you are brave enough to do some rock climbing downwards. Be careful and enjoy.
Written April 8, 2020
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Ethan Jones
Hong Kong, China2 contributions
Jan 2021
Well, what do I say? This was an excellent hike that burns you out, once you get to the top you get rewarded with a glamorous view that looks over Shek-O village. When you do finish the hike, you are rewarded with a plethora of small, but delicious, side shop that serves local food and simple sandwiches. Overall, this hike is a very reasonable length and fit for a family of 4.
Written June 27, 2021
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Richmond, VA931 contributions
Dec 2019
Great trail for a beautiful day with nice views of Hong Kong. It was hazy when we went but still nice. Wear sunscreen or a hat. Not much shade. Lots of beautiful butterflies along the trail. 8k took us 2 hours 45 minutes walking at a leisurely pace. If you take the bus, it drops you off at the start of the trail. We ended up at a beach but found a bus back from there without any problem. On the beach, selling popsicles, icecream, food and drink.
Written January 3, 2020
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