Today was our last full day in Hong Kong, so we decided to explore outside the city. It’s incredible to think that a twenty minute bus ride away from the skyscrapers, you can find lush tropical jungle, rugged mountain peaks, and stunning views of remote, unspoilt coastline.

The Dragon’s Back Trail is an 8.5 km section of the larger Hong Kong Trail, and is easily reached from Hong Kong. We took the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station, then the No.9 bus to a stop near to To Tei Wan village. From there, it’s a steep climb for the first kilometer or so to the ridge of the Dragon’s Back, which undulates up and down a series of peaks including the Shek O Peak at 284 metres, with its stunning panoramic views all around the south eastern part of the island. Easy to see why Time magazine rated it “the best urban hike in Asia”.

At the end of the trail, you can look forward to beach bars and cafes at either of the two nearby beaches, Big Wave Bay and Shek O. Then pick up the No.9 bus home again from the terminus at Shek O village.

Take plenty of water and some energy snacks, as there are no stops along the trail. We took around 5 litres between the two of us, and got through almost all of it. I can recommend sun lotion, a hat and plenty of insect repellent too!

The trail is well signposted, with location markers roughly every 500 metres. We also took this map with us, downloaded from….

Map of the Dragon's Back Trail
Map of the Dragon’s Back Trail