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Dragon's Back, Hong Kong - The Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia

Dragon's Back Hong KongThe Dragon's Back is a ridge that lies within the Shek O Country Park in southeastern Hong Kong Island, between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. It is a popular hiking trail and a section of the 50-kilometer Hong Kong Trail. In 2004, it was hailed by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail.

It got its name from the ridge's undulating form, similar to a dragon’s backbone. The trail is comprised of cool paths leading to shady bamboo groves and lush woodland, open hillsides and breathtaking views of the Clear Water Bay Peninsula and islands in the east and Stanley Peninsula and the South China Sea to the west. The hike ends by walking through shaded tunnel areas of unusual vegetation that leads to vehicles which will transport hikers back to the Central district in Hong Kong.

Alternatively, hikers may continue on to the nearby fishing village of Shek O, with its popular seafood restaurants and sandy beach.

There are several Dragon's Back guided tours available, offering hikers round-trip transportation to the popular hiking trail. Graded moderate, the trail is a little over 3 miles and takes about four hours to complete. Participants need to be in good physical condition to be able to finish the hike.

Hikers should also bring a change of clothing for the return journey, a small towel, non-greasy waterproof sun block (recommended minimum SPF 15), hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes, a windbreaker or waterproof fleece jacket for cool days in winter, and one litre of water.

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