As mentiioned in an earlier blog post(Shek O (石澳) Beach), we recently went on a hike to Shek O (石澳), a small fishing village on the southern peninsula of Hong Kong island. Our good friend Sam invited us on the hike that was, by my standards, pretty easy but done at a mellow pace. Apparently the Dragon's Back Trail was declared as the Best Urban Hike in Asia in 2004 by TimeASIA
Our friend Sam kindly invited us to go hiking on Saturday morning (08 October,2011) after a very late night at a KTV. We met at Taikoo MTR stop and then carried on to Shau Kei Wan station where we jumped on the No. 9 bus to Shek O. The bus was fairly full but we managed to find some seats and enjoy the pleasant drive to Shek O. Shortly before arriving at Shek O we jumped off the bus and started trekking towards the Dragon's Back trail.
The initial part of the trail seemed daunting: there were a lot of steps and we thought, since we were walking to a peak, this would be the norm for most of the hike, fortunately it wasn't. Once the initial set of stairs were negotiated the trail flattened out quite a lot and we were walking on a flat, smooth trail, under beautiful sub-tropical vegetation in a cool breeze. It was a beautiful place to be walking and surprised us a great deal as to how relaxing, and easy the walk was, especially since the internet site we referred to suggested the hike was really difficult.
The first part of the trail was mostly undercover and therefore very pleasant with a cool breeze blowing through the trees. We also had some good views of Stanley and the Stanley peninsula. All in all it was a fairly good day for hiking in the mountains. We did see quite a few people on the trail but it wasn't too noisy and for the most part (at least in the initial stages) we felt as if we were alone.
We eventually reached a fork in the road that would take us around the back of the mountain or up the Dragon's Back trail. We chose the Dragon's Back trail so named I imagined because of all the jagged rocks on the path. The path goes up to Shek O peak and gives tremendous views of Big Wave Bay, Shek O golf course, Shek O, Stanley and of course the ocean.
We spent time at the top enjoying the view and just fooling around. There was a pole in the ground that we all decided to try and stand on. It wasn't that tough and Sam decided to go ariel and jump off
As you would expect in a sub-tropical climate like Hong Kong there was plenty of wonderful vegetation to see. From some colorful flowers to many different shades of green. Some of it was interesting and some beautiful. We had an awesome time just stopping and enjoying the vegetation along the way. Some pictures of the vegetation is shown below:
After walking for about 4 hours at a really slow pace we finally arrived back on the road where we started (just a little further down) and decided to go to Shek O for lunch.
We had a really great hike and are thankful to our friend Sam for taking us out there. It was fun.