Hiking is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of Hong Kong, but since we moved here we have discovered that Hong Kong is covered by an amazing trail of hiking paths. A back garden for the city's apartment dwelling residents. We have also discovered that hiking is an activity that is fun for the whole family. Second only to trips to Disneyland and a whole lot cheaper!
Last Sunday we decided to explore a different part of the island and try a new hike. We started off with lunch in Shek O and then had a quick wander through the streets of the old village. Popular with photographers of every variety! After that we drove five minutes along the road to Big Wave Bay, got lucky with a parking space and then set off through the village to find the start of the Hong Kong Trail. It starts with a steep climb up above the village and through the jungle canopy. It takes about half an hour if you have five year old legs. Teenagers who are used to climbing up and down five flights of stairs every day at school can do it a lot faster! If you turn left at the top of the climb, you will join the beautiful Dragon's Back Trail. If you turn right, as we did, you leave the Hong Kong Trail and carry on back towards Big Wave Bay. After about fifteen minutes of level hiking, turn right at the clearing which contains a very welcome bench. Have a quick break, pose for a photo and then head off down the stone steps to be rewarded with amazing views and a finish at one of Hong Kong's most beautiful beaches and best surf spot.
This was the perfect Sunday afternoon family hike. Challenging without being exhausting.