Dragon’s Back: Shek O

Dragon’s Back is a ridge in southeastern Hong Kong Island between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. It lies within the Shek O Country Park and it’s the most popular and touristic hike of Hong Kong.

The difficulty of this hike is pretty low and may take about 3-4 hours, so is not a bad choice to spend a day in family here and enjoy of one of the most stunning views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea.


Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan exit A3. Right in front of the exit there is a bus terminal. Take the bus 9 towards Shek O Road. The cost of the journey is about 7HKD and takes 20 minutes. Once you can see the people alighting, just follow them.

Return to the bus terminal is the same way, finished the hike you will arrive to Shek O road. Take the bus 9 towards the bus terminal in Shau Kei Wan



Arrived to the Trail Start point in Shek O road, follow the crowds towards Dragons Back direction. The starting is made by rocky stairs to the top.

The top of the trail will offer you amazing views of Shek O. This scenic spot is the perfect place for lunch or snacking, since is more quiet than any other spot found further ahead and offers perfect views

Continuing walking reaches to the the hilltop sightseeing platform on Shek O Peak. Also perfect place to enjoy the panorama



Further ahead there are several spots to get more panoramas of Shek O before starting climbing down.

The way down may take roughly 1.5 hours to Shek O road

There are several sections and paths within this area for longer hikes. The section chosen was the section 8, which is the easiest. So depending on your time, Shek O may offer several alternatives

Tip: If you still have time after Dragon’s Back hike and the weather conditions are good enough, you may take the Tram from Shau Lei Wan towards Central and enjoy of a perfect ride at 2.3HKD. Sitting on the second floor of the tram offers a good views of the ride and fresh air while resting after a hiking day


  • Location: Dragon’s Back @ Shek O Road, Hong Kong Island
  • Transportation: MTR to Shau Kei Wan exit A3
  • Time spent: 4 hours
  • Season: November, 23 degrees
  • Weather conditions: cloudy and very windy
  • Score: 9/10

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