hong kong

  • Take the famous Dragon’s Back to a beautiful beach for an afternoon dip
  • Try a simple local eatery to fuel yourself for the hike ahead

Hong Kong is rarely recognized for its abundance of green spaces, yet 40 percent of the city’s landmass is deemed protected parkland, and many locals are content to keep the city’s hiking trails, with their dramatic hillsides and stunning bay panoramas, to themselves. Thanks to Hong Kong’s compact size, a hiking trail is never far away, but the indisputable favorite is Dragon’s Back, which maneuvers its way through the southeastern corner of Hong Kong Island. The entire trail, which is clearly marked, is 8.5 kilometers long, although it’s easy to cut in midway for a shorter hike. From the Conrad, take a 20-minute cab ride to Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution, and hike the most breathtaking segment of Dragon’s Back to Shek O, and finish up on popular Shek O Beach for an afternoon dip. For a bite, follow the regular beachgoers and hikers to Shek O Chinese & Thai—an eatery as simple and straightforward as its name—for a plate of roasted chicken or a tenderloin steak; or, tuck into a freshly made pizza and simple pastas at Black Sheep. Can you believe you’re in Hong Kong?

​The winding earthy path of the Dragon’s Back leads down Shek O Country Park and towards Shek O beach. Towards the end you may have to rejoin the main road, but the stunning views looking far out across Island Bay make it worth the trip.

​​SHEK O CHINESE & THAI RESTAURANT: 303 Shek O Village, Shek O; +852-2809-2202

BLACK SHEEP: G/F 330 Shek O Village, Shek O; +852-2809-2021