After hiking to Lion Rock a few weeks ago I knew I wanted to do more hikes on my next trip to Hong Kong. I decided to check out Dragon’s Back, one of the more famous hiking trails in Hong Kong.
Named the Best Urban Hike in Asia by TIME Magazine, it’s a popular trail that can be hiked by all ages and offers stunning views of Hong Kong’s southern islands and the South China Sea.
HOW TO GET TO DRAGON’S BACK
Dragon’s Back is located on the southeastern side of Hong Kong Island and very easy to get to:
- Take the Island Line MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station.
- Take Exit A3 and get on Bus No. 9 at the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus.
- Take the bus To Tai Wan, which should be 11 stops later.
You can start from Chai Wan and hike from the opposite way, but I think the first way offered a better hike up!
HIKING UP DRAGON’S BACK
- Distance: 1.5 hours+ to complete
- Difficulty: 2/5
- Views: 5/5
It’s not a long hike up – just a lot of stairs (at least I thought it was a lot of stairs until I hiked to Lantau Peak – more on that later). I started hiking up right after a group of fit and fierce elderly Chinese folk and they had no problems with the hike, so it’s perfect for all ages.
The views the entire way up are fantastic – these kinds of hikes spoil you by giving you great views after such little effort (I’m not complaining though.)
CONQUER THE DRAGON
After 30 minutes here you are! I channeled my inner Khaleesi and gazed out from the Dragon’s Back pretending I was going to conquer Westeros.
I continued the way I was going to the Tai Tam Gap and caught a public minibus back to the metro station from there. If you want to extend the hike, you can go to Big Wave Bay instead and soak up some sunshine on the beach!
I’ve been really impressed with the hikes in Hong Kong – they’re very accessible and easy to get to, and once you’re hiking you actually feel like you’re outside in nature and far from the bustling city life. Just like with Lion Rock I spent more time at the top taking photos and enjoying the views than I actually spent hiking up!
If you’re looking for a shorter hike with great views, Dragon’s Back is perfect.
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