Best for: beginners who still want the views
This is one of the most popular hikes in Hong Kong, and rightly so. As the easiest hike on the list, it is short, simple and incredibly scenic. The best thing about Dragon’s Back is its accessibility – all you have to do is take the MTR to Chai Wan and start walking. You can easily fit this into a morning or afternoon, so it’s perfect for those busy Hong Kong schedules!
The first section consists of stairs through Cape Collinson Cemetery, and once you finish those, it’s a 1 or 2-hour hike along the ridge overlooking southern Hong Kong Island – a total breeze! Certain parts are wooded and boast beautiful plant life, whilst the rest is on a ridge overlooking the sea. The highest point on the trail is only 284 metres, but the views are worthy of a much more difficult hike. If it’s a cloudy day you can still enjoy the slopes, but you may not see as far into the distance.
Start at Chai Wan and head up the stairs, then either turn to end at Shek O Road or carry on. If you’re feeling ambitious and have extra time, you can do more of the Hong Kong Trail by continuing towards the Tai Tam Reservoir, where you’ll get to see even more of Hong Kong’s landscape. If you decide to end at Shek O Road, you could take a bus back north… but the beach is a much better idea! Pack a swimsuit and a towel before you leave, then take the number 9 bus South, or walk to Shek O beach.
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