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Dragon's Back

Siu Sai Wan to Shek O Hike

Everything you need to know to hike one of Hong Kong’s most popular trails

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Time Out Hong Kong

There seems to be an infinite demand for this hike, probably because the views are ace along Dragon’s Back. In the heat, this walk can become more tricky, so be careful: it does have almost 400m of climbing. Note: don’t wear jeans (they are nasty to walk in if they get wet through sweat or rain) and wear proper trainers or hiking shoes, and a hat. Bring a small backpack with at least 1 litre of water if it’s a very hot day. Start from Island Resort uphill along a paved road and then up concrete steps to the lookout point above Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, with fine views across the east of the territory and the South China Sea. Then continue on a catchwater path to Pottinger Gap before picking up the Hong Kong Trail through the woods around Mount Collinson and then up and along the Dragon’s Back, with more fine views over Shek O and the surrounding areas. Finish by descending to Shek O Road above To Tei Wan, where you can take the 9 bus to Shau Kei Wan and the MTR.

The entire hike is on paved paths or well-defined dirt trails. Please wear hiking shoes or strong trainers with a good tread. Novices should take the climbs gently. Bring plenty of water or sports drink (at least one litre) and some snacks to keep you going as there is no opportunity to get supplies after you start. Bring a hat and sunblock − much of this route is without shade.

Speed: 2.2
Length: 2 (about 9km)
Gradient (Ascent): 1.8 (about 400m in total)
Surface: 2
Overall: 2 + 0.5 for the heat = 2.5

Oddly enough, people unfamiliar with this location always seem to have difficulty finding it. Just head to the bus terminus at Island Resort by taking the following buses: 788 and 789 from Admiralty; 84M from Chai Wan MTR; 82 & 85 from North Point; 106 from Wong Tai Sin; 118 from Sham Shui Po; 606 from Choi Wan; 694 from Tiu Keng Leng; and A12 from the Airport.

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