Sunday, 19 February 2017

Weekend Wander: Dragon's Back

Hong Kong is more than just a concrete jungle. In fact, the ease at which you can hop from bustling cityscapes to natural landscapes is one of Hong Kong's most endearing features. And with around 70% of the region being covered in lush countryside, there's no shortage of hikes to escape on.

Hike name: Dragon's Back

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Fairly Easy

This is the quintessential Hong Kong hike. It’s certainly the most well-known for tourists and locals alike. Forming part of the 50km Hong Kong Trail on Hong Kong Island, Dragon’s Back is so named because of its rugged terrain. Despite this, it’s a fairly leisurely hike and is a great first trek to try out in Hong Kong. It’s the hike that got me addicted to rambling in Hong Kong. Even better? It finishes off at Big Wave Bay so you can beach bum to your heart’s content once the hike is finished.

Getting there: MTR to Shau Kei Wan (Island Line). Exit A3. Then take bus 9 and alight at ‘To Tei Wan’. The same bus or a minibus can be used to return to the MTR afterwards.

The 'Bible' of hiking in Hong Kong - Hike Hong Kong - is one of the best resources out there for budding hikers in the region. There are a wealth of hikes on there with easy-to-follow directions and pictures to each one.

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