Best Travel Time: Dragon’s Back is worth visiting all year round. There are more people in spring and autumn, followed by summer and winter.
Introduction of Dragon’s Back
Lake Scenery near Dragon’s Back
Dragon’s Back, 284 meters high, located in the southeast part of Hong Kong Island, lies on the Shek O Peak. And Shek O is below the Dragon’s Back. From Dragon’s Back, people can overlook the Lam Tong Hoi Hap to the east and Tai Tam Harbour to the west. Redhill Peninsula and Stanley Main Beach are all in sight.
This is a subtropical climate, the annual temperature is relatively high, and the annual average temperature is 22.8℃. It is hot and humid in summer, with a temperature of about 26℃ to 30℃. In winter, it is cool and dry here, but it rarely falls below 5℃. It rains from May to September and July to September is the period with more typhoons in Hong Kong.
It is easy to walk up the hill road. Although there are no tall trees along the way, there are small bamboo forests that block out the light. From time to time there are large stones and benches for visitors to rest. One can see Shek O in its entirety on Dragon’s Back, and the golf course is clearly visible.
On the Summit of Shek O Peak
Along the Dragon's Back, you will reach the platform on the summit of Shek O Peak. It is not only a good place to fly kites, but also a popular place to paraglide. It is also a pleasure to see paragliders flying in the sky. Walking on the Dragon’s Back, we come to the Pottinger Gap and here are a lot of green forests. People can get here via several mountain trails.
After a short rest, we can head to the final destination – Big Wave Bay. The waves here are very strong all year round. The waves are several meters high. It is a good place to surf.
Dragon’s Back is the first choice for many people to hike in Hong Kong. It has been selected as one of the “Best Hiking Routes in Hong Kong” and one of the “Five Beginner Hiking Routes on Hong Kong Island" by the CNN Travel website. With spectacular views of the sea and tiny islands beneath your feet and the sandy bay with clear water, this is a journey that will fascinate you.
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Shek O Country Park
Shek O Country Park
Shek O Country Park is located in the southeast of Hong Kong Island. Completed in 1979, it covers an area of 701 hectares. It connects the Pottinger Peak and Mount Collinson in the north and crosses the Shek O Peak and Dragon’s Back to reach D’Aguilar Peak in the south.
There are three connecting mountain trails in the park. Along the way, you can enjoy the scenic views of Stanley, Tai Tam, Shek O, Outlying Islands, as well as Tai Tam Bay. It has become a good place for morning sports and hiking, and also a place to enjoy the beauty of nature for nearby residents.
Shek O Country Park is best known for its rolling mountain ridge (Dragon’s Back), the mountain path between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. To experience this section of the trail, you can choose section 8 of the Hong Kong Trail, which is the last section.
Shek O Beach
Shek O Beach
Shek O Beach is located in the southern district of Hong Kong Island with convenient transportation. Every weekend, the beach is packed with people. Overlooked from the hill, Shek O Beach looks like an ancient Chinese village in a postcard setting. The traditional rustic atmosphere is in sharp contrast to the luxurious houses built on the hills.
In the Shek O Cape picnic area, east of Shek O Beach, there is a rock near the sea, commonly known as “Lover’s Corner”. It is a great place to chat and enjoy the waves. The wealthy are regulars of golf courses and country clubs, while other citizens enjoy the charming view of blue sea and golden sands on the nearby Big Wave Bay Beach.
Big Wave Bay
Big Wave Bay
Big Wave Bay, Shek O is located in the southern district of Hong Kong Island along the central east coast, south of Pottinger Peak and north of Shek O. Big Wave Bay Beach, Shek O is the most reliable spot on the island to catch a wave. There are changing rooms, showers and lifeguards on duty on the beach. There is also a barbecue area on the beach. It plays a very important role in Hong Kong's tourism industry.
Shek O is located in the eastern part of southern Hong Kong, China. In addition to Shek O Beach, Shek O Country Park and Cape D’Aguilar are also located in Shek O. Shek O is a peninsula on the south coast of Hong Kong Island, facing the South China Sea. It has beautiful scenery and tranquil environment, and many videos of cantopop music are also filmed here. Many romantic novels are also set on the shores of Shek O.
Shek O, a peninsula on the south bank of Hong Kong Island, is now so popular that visitors can find village houses and villas nestled in it after walking several steps. The natural landscape is spectacular, with beautiful beaches and a granite entrance to the east coast, and breathtaking ridge paths. Dragon’s Back is an exciting ridge road that presents stunning views of the ocean and mountains.
Shek O Beach, known for its clean water and sandy beaches, often attracts many surfing enthusiasts to surf and swim. Besides, there are many cliffs on the beach, which is also a good place for rock climbing. There are many retail stores selling all types of basic swimming supplies. Even if you forget to bring spare parts, you can buy them and enjoy yourself in the water.
As a coastal region, Shek O is the perfect place to embrace the blue sky and clear sea and experience the tranquility and freshness of Hong Kong. Shek O has a quiet environment and is full of fun with the beach, the rock climbing, the barbecue and the delicious food.
Shek O is the shooting place of the King of Comedy, a famous movie of Stephen Chow. Some views in the movie still can be seen here. It is also a place to take pictures for minority tourists. The houses here are not tall, but there are also brightly colored houses. They have different styles after being decorated by their owners. However, all houses have one thing in common - cleanness.
Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve
Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve
The northern, eastern and southern waters of Cape D’Aguilar are covered by the Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve. The reserve contains a variety of fish, marine invertebrates such as stony corals, soft corals and gorgons, as well as a variety of rocks such as tuff, granodiorite, rhyolite and basalt. Like other marine parks in Hong Kong, no one is allowed to fish, collect organisms or destroy rocks in the marine reserve unless approved by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. And swimming and diving are also prohibited in the marine reserve.
Recommended Travel Route
Take bus No. 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR Station ton Tei Wan Station → go to the Shek O Peak → enjoy the scenic on the peak → go to the Dragon’s Back → after exploring Dragon’s Back, get down to the Big Wave Bay → Take bus No. 9 from Big Wave Bay to Shau Kei Wan.
How to Reach Dragon’s Back
From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A, Walk to the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. Take Bus 9 or the red minibus with the sign “Shek O” here, and get off at To Tei Wan stop on Shek O Road.
Chinese: 请带我去龙脊山。English: Please take me to the Dragon’s Back.
If you go to the Dragon’s Back from Hong Kong International Airport, it takes about 1 hour (380 yuan).
If you go to the Dragon’s Back from Hong Kong Hung Hom Station, it takes about 30 minutes (150 yuan).
If you go to the Dragon’s Back from Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station, it takes about 30 minutes (150 yuan).