Dragon's Back Hike Shek O Country Park, Hong Kong Island
The Dragon's Back hiking trail - part of the 50km Hong Kong hiking trail - is one of Walk Hong Kong's most popular hikes.
Our guided tour starts on the iconic and much loved Hong Kong tram, which commenced operations in 1904. We watch the commuters heading to work, as we rattle along what was once the waterfront of Hong Kong Island and then complete our journey on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway). Walking through Shau Kei Wan wet market, we take in the atmosphere of the daily life of ordinary Hong Kong residents.
We commence our hike along a lovely cool path that takes us through shady groves of bamboo and lush woodland, accompanied as we walk by birdsong. We then emerge into open hillsides often covered with wild azaleas or rose myrtle.
Our walk follows the rugged undulating spinal ridge of the Dragon愀 Back, where the earth is regarded as a living being, with lines of force known as 'dragon veins'. The breathtaking views take in dazzling seas, the distant Nine Pins Islands, sandy Big Wave Bay, Tai Tam Harbour, Stanley and the Red Hill peninsula.
We finish the hike by strolling down through shaded tunnels of exotic vegetation, then take transport back to the Central district in Hong Kong. Alternatively, you may continue on to the nearby fishing village of Shek O, with its popular seafood restaurants and beach.
The Dragon's Back was hailed by Time Magazine as Asia's best urban hike: "This is the city愀 finest and most surprising ramble... The glory of it all is that you're so close to the city, but could hardly feel further away."
Cost: HK$500 per person, includes transport Total tour time 4 hours
Tour starts at 8.30am, outside the General Post Office (beside the green stamp-vending machines), 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Walking distance: 5km Grade: moderate Facilities: Toilets en route
Directions from the MTR: Leave Central Station by Exit K. As you come to the top of the long escalator out of the station, turn right and immediately right again. Cross Chater Road at the pedestrian lights, and go straight ahead through the pedestrian underpass. As you emerge at the other end, the GPO is ahead and to the left of you.
Please provide us with a contact phone number in Hong Kong, or the name of the hotel where you are staying, plus the name the booking is made in.
We need notification of any cancellation before the morning of your tour, as no-shows do inconvenience our other clients. It is also important that you ring us if you are delayed, as it may be possible to direct you to another meeting point en route.
We recommend you wear either robust walking shoes or trainers/sneakers. Casual sandals or open shoes are not suitable for trails, which can be rocky in places.
Sun and rainfall can be intense and a hat is recommended. During the winter season (November - March) temperatures can drop with a chilling wind, so a sweater/fleece is advisable. During the wet season (April - September) a waterproof jacket is recommended. In warmer months (May - October) it is advisable to carry a spare T-shirt or other garment to change into at the end of the hike.
Suntan lotion should be used throughout the year, and applied frequently during the hike.
Please carry sufficient water for your own needs. In the warmer months, this may equate to one litre for every two hours of walking. Dehydration is a real risk on hot days. Choose mineralised rather than distilled water. Consider an electrolyte replacement drink as well.
Please notify us of any medical conditions that we should be aware of. We will assume clients have their own medications for asthma or known illnesses. Insect repellent is not obligatory, but advisable if you tend to attract insects.
Payment can be made in cash at the start of the tour, or by electronic money transfer pre-tour. Prices quoted in Hong Kong
dollars. HK$7.75 = US$1.00
Our tours and hikes are driven by client demand. Please consult our website for the current schedule.
My son's first hike! renting this service was a good call because it took the pressure off us as we do not have to navigate and could focus on our son