Easily one of the more doable hikes in Hong Kong, Dragon’s Back has been voted the “world’s best urban walk” and it’s not hard to see why. Surrounded by sprawling greenery, ocean views and cityscapes; this hike is an Instagram goldmine (plus you shouldn’t be too gross to selfie as it’s a relatively easy one to conquer). Follow the trail all the way – get your knees ready for all those downhill stairs – and you’ll come out to a little village before Big Wave Bay beach. Grab yourself a fresh coconut and some ice cold beers and get ready to sprawl out for the day.
Getting there: Take the Island Line to Shau Kei Wan MTR 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. You can’t really miss the starting point to the hike from the bus as almost everyone getting off/on the ground will be ready to go in their active wear. Shrouded in trees, the entrance way clears once you start ascending, leading the way to your first viewpoint after only 20 minutes – where you can already see the waters of Shek O beach. Follow the path left and you’ll find yourself scaling the back of the enigmatic dragon that protects the bay, through tree tunnels and stepping stones until you reach Shek O Peak. From here, it’s open skies and a fairly straightforward, clearly marked trail to the descending staircase to the beach but you can catch your breath at Pottinger Gap; a shady spot where various smaller trails overlap. Get ready for a longer-than-expected downward spiral through green canopies and rolling waters in the distance until you come out at the small village that begins Big Wave Bay. You should pass two small picnic sights before entering the village, keep right. Once you’re down follow the path towards the right where you’ll pass little shops and cafes before hitting the beach.
Duration: 2 hours
Getting home: From Big Wave Bay you can easily catch the Shek O minibus back to Shau Kei Wan and get onto the MTR or order a taxi on the taxi app or Uber back to Central.
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