Your Guide to Hiking Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong

When thinking about Hong Kong, the mind conjures up images of the iconic high density skyline. But what many don’t know about Hong Kong is that there are a number of beautiful hikes to do in and around the city.

Pack your hiking boots because it’s time to explore Hong Kong on foot!

View from Dragon’s Back

Essential Information

Walk rating: Easy- Medium

Amenities: Toilets are located at the bus stop at the base of the hike but pack your own toilet paper

Take: Water, hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes (boots if it’s raining), food if you’re planning on enjoying a picnic

Getting There

Dragon’s Back is the most popular of all hikes in Hong Kong so getting there is made pretty straight forward. The scenic hike is located a train and a bus away from the city’s down town district where the majority of the big hotels are located.

Catch the train to MTR Shau Kei Wan Station and exit through Exit A2 to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. You’ll know you’re there when you see a long line of gym-clothe-clad tourists and car park full of double decker buses.

Take bus 9 or the minibus with the sign ‘Shek O’ and get off at To Tei Wan on Shek O Road (the 11th stop) – again, you’ll know when you’re there, the screens inside the bus will inform you.

To Tei Wan on Shek O Road is located at the base of the hike. From here, it’s a one-hour walk to the peak.

Walking Dragon’s Back

The Hike

The track to the peak is mostly paved but this path is comprised of dirt and stone so it could get very muddy and slippery in the wet weather. The 15km hike to the top lookout takes around an hour to reach at a slow walking pace.

There are plenty of lookout spots along the way to stop and enjoy on both sides of the mountain. At the peak, you’ll enjoy views of Tai Tam, Shek O and its golf course and Big Wave Bay as you walk along the mountain ridge.

If you’re starting to feel hungry, walk to Big Wave Bay and grab a bite to eat. From here you can take bus 9 back to Shau Kei Wan Station. Alternatively, you can walk back down to To Tei Wan where you started and board the bus there.

Hiking Dragons Back


If you can, resist the urge to eat until you get back to Shau Kei Wan Station. The streets here are lined with restaurants, cafes and food stalls. We enjoyed some of the best dumplings, steamed buns and dim sum here.

What’s your favourite hike in Hong Kong? Let me know in the comments below.


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