After seeing Jess’s photos of the panoramic sea views on the Dragon’s Back hike a few months ago, we finally pulled ourselves together and set off to Shau Kei Wan.
Here, we boarded a bus full of fellow hikers – turns out hiking seems to be a pretty popular pastime over Chinese New Year!
HK bus drivers are pretty mental as it is, but this guy sped down every road and round every sharp corner – we were glad to be off the deathtrap!
As the Dragon’s Back had been voted as the ‘Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia’ by Time Magazine in 2004; we had pretty high expectations!
Off we go…
We stopped off at a quiet picnic area (after a full five minutes of hardcore stair-climbing) and enjoyed the sea views 🙂
The name ‘Dragon’s Back’ derives from the fact that the landscape resembles the peaks and troughs of a dragon’s back – pretty cool huh?!
We had been so lucky with the weather that day; 26 degrees in February! 😀
The sky and sea just look that perfect shade of blue!
Walking for another hour or so…
We made our way to the top!
At 284 metres high, we enjoyed the panoramic view of Shek O, Tai Long Wan and Tung Lung Island.
We also spotted some incredible millionaires’ houses – I mean what kind of money must you be making to be able to afford your own swimming pool in Hong Kong?!
As we were on a bit of an exercise roll, we decided to continue walking over to ‘Big Wave Bay,’ which took another 2 hours or so.
Though I could be exaggerating as neither of us checked the time, but it was an enjoyable nature trail 🙂
When we finally emerged onto Big Wave Bay, it felt amazing to immerse our tired feet into the soft sand and salty sea!
It was a beautiful beach that we’ll definitely be revisiting!
Maybe we’ll even have a go at surfing on its famous high waves 😉
If you fancy a scenic (but not too challenging) hike, check out how to get to Dragon’s Back here!