The Dragon's Back (Chinese: 龍脊) is a mountain ridge in southeastern Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong that passes through Shek O Peak. It lies within the Shek O Country Park. In 2019, the Dragon's Back Trail was selected by CNN as one of the world's 23 best trails. Dragon's Back is part of Stage 8 of the Hong Kong Trail.
Destinations in the Vicinity
- Paragliders hanging in the air and eventually drifting down to a beach at Shek O.
- People flying radio-controlled gliders.
|Starting point:||Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village|
|End point:||Big Wave Bay|
|Average hiking time:||4 hours|
|Distance:||About 8.5 km|
|Refuel:||There are no refueling stops along the trail.|
Most of the route is on dirt paths. The first half has very little shade, and there is also a steep 200-metre-long uphill stretch. The flight of descending stone steps in the last section is quite steep too.
Information and Hiking Etiquette in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong's Country Parks have no trash bins, so hikers are asked to hang on to their litter until they exit the Country Parks
- Hikers in Hong Kong tend to keep to the right side when walking on trails.
- Try to limit boombox music volume to a minimum in Country Parks to let everyone enjoy the sounds of nature.
- Big Wave Bay Beach (the End point) and nearby Shek O Beach are two different beaches. There is a short bus service that links the two beaches.
- Some parts of this trail are rocky, so travellers should use proper footwear. Slippers and sandals are not advisable.
- At Pottinger Gap, hikers can extend the hike by walking along the easy Pottinger Peak Country Trail eastward for about 20 minutes and then make a 90-degree right turn onto a newly made path that descends southward for another 20 minutes to the Big Wave Bay Prehistoric Rock Carvings.
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- Discover Hong Kong - Dragon's Back
- HK Leisure & Cultural Services Dept. - Hiking Scheme
- Map Location
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