Hiking the Dragon’s Back on Hong Kong Island

The Dragon’s Back trail is located on the southeast side of Hong Kong Island. It is a beautiful, fairly easy hike with great views and a rewarding end destination of Big Wave Bay. Hiking this was one of my major highlights from our trip and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone headed to Hong Kong!

How do I get to the Dragon’s Back trail?

Start by taking the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. From there, exit to the bus terminal and look for bus no. 9 to Shek O. The lineup for the bus can be quite long and you might not make it onto the bus the first time around. From what I could gather they seem to come every 20ish minutes though so you aren’t stuck waiting too long. You will get off at the To Tei Wan stop and the trail begins right at the bus stop and is labelled well.

What is the Dragon’s Back hike like?

The Dragon’s Back is named so because you walk along the top of a few mountains (which appear to form the spine of a “dragons back” when you look from afar). The trail is mostly a fine sand/gravel and is very well maintained. When we were there the conditions were great but I can imagine in the rain it might be a bit slippery. There were many people out hiking the trail but it was Lunar New Year week so it may have been busier than usual.

It took us about 3 hours total to make it to Big Wave Bay. This was including stopping for lots of pictures and a picnic lunch. We picked up food from a convenience store ahead of time and brought plenty of water which I recommend as there is nowhere to get refreshments along the trail.

There are a few areas where you can veer off the main trail and explore some nice viewpoints like we did here:

What to do at Big Wave Bay?

Big Wave Bay is a cute little beach town with a nice beach and is a great way to end the hike. The weather turned out to be beautiful – humidity was around 80% and temperature in the 20’s (Celsius) so we enjoyed wading in the ocean and relaxing on the big rocks surrounding the beach. You can rent various beach equipment here (boogie boards, surf boards, etc.) too if you like. We thought it would be too cold to go in the ocean and didn’t bring our bathing suits which was a big regret!

Big Wave Bay has some restaurants and convenience stores where you can pick up lunch. This is where we had our first experience with durian and tried some durian ice cream. Not my favourite!!!

How do I get back from the Big Wave Bay?

Head to the bus stop by Big Wave Bay in the large parking lot. Here you will get on an old bus that takes cash only (I’m pretty sure it cost us $5 HKD each). This will take you all the way back to Shau Kei Wan bus stop and it’s a quick walk to the MTR station from here.

Plans to Return

There are more trails around this hike but we stuck to the Dragon’s Back for the sake of time. I would love to go back and do some more exploration! I highly recommend this hike as you get gorgeous views, a nice hike, and you end at a beautiful beach where you can sit back and relax. Just writing this blog post makes me dream of going back soon!

-Rachel

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