THE DRAGON'S BACK - The Loop
(includes Stage 6 of the Hong Kong Trail)
Starting a hike by visiting a couple of cemeteries might not be unique to Hong Kong, but it is definitely something different....
Leaving the working class neighbourhood of Chai Wan, we make our way gently uphill past a few stone mason work shops to the French
Mission and Roman Catholic cemeteries. You might be interested in comparing these with the Buddhist cemetery that we will pass a little
later on our way to the trail head.
The concrete is substituted for a much more natural surface as we start walking on the shaded trail along the slopes of Mount Collinson and
Wan Cham Shan. The trail starts out pretty level, but soon enough we find ourselves gaining altitude again to reach the actual "Dragon's
Back" i.e. the mountain ridge that runs down the D'Aguilar Peninsula. From here, our trail will follow the ridge up and down offering stunning
views over the Tathong Channel, Big Wave Bay and Shek O. You will also be looking down at the exclusive Shek O Country Club.
After a brief descent, we do a bit off a U-turn to follow a level contour path along the western side of The Dragon's Back. Looking out over
Redhill Peninsula and Stanley, we have to cross our outwards path before joining a quiet concrete road taking us back briefly to the city side
of Mount Collinson. Soon, however, we find ourselves looking across surfers riding the not-too-intimidating waves of Big Wave Bay.
As the walk ends on this lifeguard supervised beach, you might want to bring your swimwear and a towel. After a dip and/or refreshments,
your next decision would then be whether to go to Shek O for an al-fresco lunch or to return to the city via the suburb of Shau Kei Wan....
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|... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
|Due to work commitments, holidays and other personal matters,
Hansen's Hikes & Rides has decided to SUSPEND all operations until further notice.
Apologizing for any inconvenience caused,
we hope to partially resume our outings towards the end of the year.