Stewart Goes Walkies is pleased to have another contribution from our friend and reader, David Muir. We last heard from David when he sent us a photo essay on his walk from Mui Wo to Pui O.
The Dragon’s Back and the Hong Kong Trail
The Hong Kong Trail was opened in 1985. It runs from Victoria Peak to Big Wave Bay on the south side of the island. At 50 kilometres in length the trail is divided into eight sections, ranging in length from 4.5 km to the longest at 8.5 km.
The trail has proved to be very popular with the local hikers and offers a variety of terrain. All of the paths are well-marked and maintained. Steep in places and level at others, the ascents and descents are gradual. And due to the shortness of the stages, you can take your time.
According to Wikipedia in 2013, In 2013, Hong Kong Trail was awarded the 10th best city hiking trail in the world by Lonely Planet.
The Dragon’s Back section of the Hong Kong Trail is the longest at 8.5 km. However, David and his companion chose to end their walk at Shek O instead of Big Wave Bay.
Getting to the start.
David and his lady companion took the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. Exit A, which is close to the Bus Terminus and from there you have the choice of either the Bus 9 or the Shek O route red minibus. Alighting at the To Tei Wan stop on Shek O Road, they started their hike from this sign which is right in front of the bus stop:
Within ten minutes of starting the trail you are rewarded by spectacular views.
There is only one very steep part in the trail and it leads you to a viewing area with spectacular scenery.
Apart from the ascents and descents the path is easy going. Soon you arrive at the viewing point on Shek O peak.
And from there the views are well worth the effort.
Then it was time to head towards Shek O for a well-deserved lunch.
Soon the route joins onto a concrete footpath which leads you down to Shek O Road and from there it is a short walk into Shek O itself.
Conclusions and Getting Home
“The Dragon’s Back was a great route.” Writes David. “Depending on where you live in the territory, getting to and from the start and end of the walk is a bit of a journey but the walk itself was great. There was one steep section leading up to the summit of Shek O Peak but after that none of the sections were difficult.”
Stewart Goes Walkies is grateful to David and his companion for forwarding these photos. This section is definitely on our long list of things to do. Getting back to Shau Kei Wan is easy. You can catch a bus or minibus from the terminal at Shek O.
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