Dragon Back Hike
Dragon’s Back hike is Hong Kong most popular walk which was elected the “Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia by Time magazine (Asia Ed.) in 2004. If on the map this hike seems long and difficult, in reality, the way which climbs slowly towards the peak of the Dragon’s Back present no difficulty for the walker; children can easily join.
This long crest, on the east coast of Hong Kong Island (Shek O Country Park), offers spectacular sea sights full of poetry, an eye-catching landscape of coastline and distant islands, plunging views of Tai Tam reservoirs, Tai Long Wan -another “Big Wave Bay”-, Shek O, Stanley, all within easy reach of the city. And at the end of the tour, rest in the charming Shek O, where there’s a great sand beach and fun restaurants is the reward of the hikers.
Get off the bus at the Cape Collinson stop on Shek O Road. Find the sign “Shek O Country Park” and walk up the steps next to the sign to take a narrow path to another marker: “Shek O Peak”. The Dragon’s Back is to the right while on your left you can reach straight “Big Wave Bay” in approximately one hour.
A pleasant shaded path with a lovely view of Tai Tam bay between the trees takes you through a bright woody forest; you will cross a couple of small streams and later on emerge to open hills covered with varying vegetation following the season. The South China Sea, far-away islands and Clear Water bay Peninsula of eastern Hong Kong spread out under your eyes. Amazing scenery!
The paved trail climbs and you can soon stop and look over Big Wave Bay, popular with local surfers. You will then reach Shek O Peak, which at 284 meters is the highest point along the route. From there you can benefit from a look on Shek O village, a nice place to rest and visit after hiking the Dragon’s Back.
Why local villagers called this undulating trail “Dragon’s Back”; just because its ups and downs made them think of a dragon’s spine! Follow the trail down to Shek O Road (To Tei Wan Village) to take the bus to Shek O Village. People come to a small sky-scraping mountain gap on the Dragon’s Back to fly kites or jump off with paragliding wings.
Don’t forget your bottle of water!
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