Hiking in Hong Kong
Hiking is a very popular activity in Hong Kong. Hardly surprising, if you think of the chaotic urban life and long working days. Additionally, you might have never thought of it, but three quarters of the entire Hong Kong’s territory is a countryside. There are sandy beaches, hills covered by grassland and forests. While staying in Hong Kong we were once invited by our local friends to go for a hike on Hong Kong’s popular trail – the Dragon’s Back. So put your comfy shoes on and let’s go :)
By the way, did you know that “hiking” is called differently from country to country? For example in Australia it is called “bush walking” and in New Zealand – “tramping”. In the UK people call it “hill walking” and in some other countries it is known as “trekking”.
Actually, Dragon’s Back itself is a part of the famous Hong Kong Trail (cn. 港島徑). This trail runs through the whole Hong Kong Island and its total length is 50 kilometres. We only covered a little part of it and though on the photos below you will find a little of each terrain I mentioned in the beginning.
Dragon’s Back is a path located on a ridge between two mountain peaks – Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. It was selected by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail in 2004.
Below you can see a map that shows the Dragon’s Back trail as a part of a longer route going around the Shek O Country Park.
We recommend to bring some water and snacks with you. It’s also important to know that there are no camp sites along the trail, which means that you should leave the trail before nightfall.
To get there you can take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan. Then at the exit A3 take the NWFB bus no. 9 towards Shek-O and go out at To Tei Wan. It only takes about 20 minutes to reach the destination.
The Dragon’s Back trail is a 8.5 km long hike and when you reach the observation platform on Shek O Peak, you will be able to have a beautiful view over the whole landscape.
From the trail we could see the islands around the Hong Kong Island and sometimes also Hong Kong urban areas. On the top of the ridge we even met some people, who were preparing for paragliding.
As for us, we finished our hike at the Tai Long Wan Village at the Big Wave Bay. Even in December, there were people swimming and surfing. Several bus connections on different points of the trail will bring you back to the city.
So, for those who like hiking Hong Kong will never become boring. Do you still remember how much of Hong Kong’s territory is covered by forest? And this is why there are much more popular trails, such as MacLehose Trail, Wilson Trail or Lantau Trail.
What do you think about hiking? Do you usually hike and if you do, then where?