Recognized by travelers and locals as one of the world’s best urban hikes, Shek O Peak and Dragon’s Back trail draw visitors in search of wilderness adventure. The pristine forest is filled with tropical Chinese foliage and a number of challenging climbs that offer the promise of stunning ocean views.
Travelers who venture to the top of 284-meter-high Shek O Peak will be greeted with panoramic views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Tung Lung Island and even the distant Hong Kong skyline. While exploring the entire trail can take even an expert hiker upwards of six hours, the less adventurous can still experience the beauty of the forest on shorter treks.
Travelers can take Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan to the To Tei Wan entrance on Shek O Road. The trailhead is well-marked with clear signage and starts near To Tei Wan village. It’s best to stock up on supplies before heading into the woods, as no replenishing stations exist along the trail.