Spent my 24th birthday in Hong Kong hiking Dragon’s Back, and it was nothing short of perfect. Weather’s comfortable (in November), view was stunning, and company was great. Should you see yourself in Hong Kong the next time round, set aside one day to do this hike. It’s a good balance to your dim sum and crispy bun with condensed milk indulgence, and I promise the calorie burn will be worth it.

GETTING THERE

The nearest MTR station is Shau Kei Wan. From there, take Exit A to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus, where you could take bus 9 or the minibus with the sign ‘Shek O’ next to the bus terminus. Alight at To Tei Wan, Shek O Road, or just where everyone else gets off. This takes you about half an hour.

Alternatively, you could simply take a taxi to To Tei Wan, especially if there’s 3 – 4 of you, that takes about 15 minutes.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Planning the trip is important because there’s no rest stops along the hike, and that also means no toilets. Be sure to bring enough water to stay sufficiently hydrated, some snacks, a towel, and wear suitable shoes. The route could sometimes get sandy and steep, so you don’t want to injure yourself!

Also, if you were to continue to Big Wave Bay, you may want to prepare some bath towels and your swimwear should you want to take a dip in the sea, especially during Summer.

Otherwise, just expect some amazing views and Instagram worthy pictures.

HOW LONG IS THE HIKE

While it varies from your speed and how many times you get tempted to stop and take photos, the general range is about 4 to 5 hours. So you either do an early morning hike, or head there in the afternoon where you’d expect to end the journey by evening. After you reach the peak, you’ve only completed a quarter the journey. Thereafter, the route towards the beach or the end point to take a bus could be quite tedious and long, with no view in sight. If you’re still playing Pokemon, this is a good time to hatch your eggs, ha!

I certainly hope you’ll enjoy the hike as much as I did! Here’s to more amazing hikes to take in 2017. x

keep travelling,
J