Climbing the Dragon's Back

September 15, 2017

Going to Hong Kong my itinerary's always packed with shopping, eating, and partying around Lan Kwai Fong. But not this year.


Everything changed when my best friend and I decided to do a spontaneous trip for her birthday. We challenged ourselves to do things that requires very minimal planning. What's the worst thing that could happen anyway?


One morning, we figured that we'll head the dragon's back (as intimidating as it may sound) to see if we can hike up without any guide or map. We just heard that it's the perfect place for amateurs like us so off we went.



How to get there:

Start the Dragon’s Back Trail from To Tei Wan. Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station and go to Exit A3. From there, you can take Bus 9 to To Tei Wan, which will take you about 30 minutes and costs 6.90HKD for a single trip. Otherwise, you can also flag a cab from the Shau Kei Wan MTR Station - the journey should be about 10 minutes long and cost 50HKD.


The trail isn't that difficult since there's a path already. It's a great venue to do your morning strolls and I like how it is so accessible and doable for all ages - young or old.

The wind was blowing hard but the view at the top was amazing. It gave us that feeling of peace and serenity and we couldn't believe that this place is so near the city. At 284 metres high, you can look over the entire panorama of Shek O, Tai Long Wan and even Tung Lung Island. The view took our breaths away. 

After appreciating the view and the 10,000 (?) steps, we decided to head down. We were getting anxious as we can't seem to figure out how to go down. Luckily, we followed some people who were walking too fast or perhaps our feet were already giving up on us. But just when we thought we couldn't go on anymore, we were drawn down a shaded path and the light at the end of the tunnel is near. We finally came across the Big Wave Bay which was perfect so that we can cool down after hours and hours of walking.

Overall, I would highly recommend this hike especially if you'd like to see the other side of Hong Kong. The side of the Dragon's Back that is, which was derived from the rolling ridges that connects Shek O Peak and Wan Cham Shan - a natural formation that looks like a dragon’s backbone.



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