Climb mountain ridges and hike forest trails on arguably the best hike on Hong Kong Island
Arguably the most picturesque hike on Hong Kong Island, the Dragon's Back is a classic trail that takes in many of Hong Kong's lesser known surroundings. From mountain ridges and secluded forrest trails, to the white sands of Tai Long Bay, it's no surprise the Dragon's Back trail was named by Time Magazine as Asia's best urban hike. First navigate the dragon-like peak from which the mountain got its name and then descend down to the beautiful white sands of Tai Long Bay where you can have a swim or even sport some surfing. Finish the day's hike by enjoying a nourishing meal and refreshing beverage - the perfect way to cap off an awesome day!
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It's wonderful to be able to do a trail hike with such easy access from the city. Awesome views even from the start of the trail. Prasad, my guide, offers safety tips along the hike which are useful for a beginner like me. This trail hike is not easy for an average fitness person like me, but it's doable and with no rush of time, I made it to the peak! A personal achievement and I'm encouraged to do more trail walks/hikes in Hong Kong for future visits. The end of Dragon's Back trail continues to Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Beach) which is beautifully unspoilt and has some amazing rock formation too.
The trail itself would have been a good one. It wasn't overly strenuous, but was a good combination of workout and nice views for a recreational hiker. But...it was so, so crowded. Have never seen anything like it. I would not recommend going on a weekend. The guide was pleasant enough but didn't really guide; he put us in a taxi to the trailhead (four adults squeezed into the back of a standard size taxi for a 20 minute ride) and then got out and started walking. There weee four of us in the group and we pretty much policed ourselves in terms of staying together. Anyway, it was very "ok" and I'm glad we did it, but definitely avoid weekends on a nice day. Or maybe start very early. By the time we got to the trailhead it was about noon.
Starting the trail at 11am means being under the direct afternoon sun - make sure you bring a cap, shades and lots of water! The actual trail on dragon's back isn't too strenuous, and we managed to catch a beautiful view of the city with clear blue skies.