August 25, 2015 Comments (0) Hong Kong Trail

Hong Kong Trail Stage 8

Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 - Tai Tam Harbour

Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 begins at the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 or you may first catch the number 9 bus from Shau Kei Wan and get off at stop number 12., To Tei Wan.

Getting to the Trail Head

Catch the number 9 bus fromShau Kei Wan and get off at stop number 12., To Tei Wan
Catch the number 309 bus from Central (Exchange Square) – Sundays and Publc Holidays only
Get a minibus from Shau Kei Wan
Hike Hong Kong Trail Stage 7

Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 is commonly known as Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong, because it runs along the ridge of the mountains between Shek O Peak and Wan Cham Shan. Dragon’s Back is the most popular trail on Hong Kong Island, and as such is hiked by many people. I myself, prefer the quieter routes.

The first half of the trail is very exposed with little to no shade available, so if you are hiking under direct sunlight be sure to wear a cap, sun cream, and drink plenty of water. The first section is also very steep for amateur hikers.

Views are the key feature of Stage 8, overlooking Tai Tam Habour, Tai Tam Bay, Shek O Wan and Big Wave Bay. In the final section you will get some tree cover where you might get to appreciate some wildlife, however due to the larger number of people hiking this route, wildlife generally tend to stay away.

Trail Features

Fantastic views of Tai Tam Harbour, Tai Tam Bay, Shek O Wan and Big Wave Bay

The end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 will put you right in the middle of Tai Long Wan near the Big Wave Bay picnic area. Enjoy this semi-touristy area and relax on the beach while watching people trying to surf the small waves and then walk up to the carpark to get the bus back to Shau Kei Wan.

Trail End Options

Get the number 9 bus from Big Wave Bay carpark to Shau Kei Wan

First off, here is a map of the mobile network coverage of Hong Kong Trail Stage 8. Take note of telephone booth locations and poor network coverage areas just in case you or one of your team members should have an accident. It is also useful to note the distance marker points so that if you do have an accident, that you can quote the nearest distance post. Buy the Hong Kong Island Countryside Series Map online for a detailed hiking map that you can take with you on the trail.

Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 Mobile Network Coverage

Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 Mobile Network Coverage

Let’s get started on the hike. The first part of the trail is quite difficult with a steep climb and exposed direct to the sun.

Start of Hong Kong Trail Stage 8

Start of Hong Kong Trail Stage 8

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Go straight ahead for some more steps.

Go straight ahead for some more steps.

Left at the top of the stairs.

Left at the top of the stairs.

Be sure to turn RIGHT here at the hut.

Be sure to turn RIGHT here at the hut.

Welcome to the top!

Welcome to the top!

Shek O Wan

Shek O Wan

Shek O Country Club

Shek O Country Club

Looking towards Big Wave Bay.

Looking towards Big Wave Bay.

Continue straight ahead towards Tai Tam Gap.

Continue straight ahead towards Tai Tam Gap.

Big Wave Bay awaits.

Big Wave Bay awaits.

Shek O Peak

Shek O Peak

Hiking the Dragon's Back

Hiking the Dragon’s Back

Dragon's Back continued

Dragon’s Back continued

After some pleasant downhill, turn right towards Tai Tam Gap.

After some pleasant downhill, turn right towards Tai Tam Gap.

Shaded trail, bliss.

Shaded trail, bliss.

Turn RIGHT towards Big Wave Bay.

Turn RIGHT towards Big Wave Bay.

Chai Wan over the tree tops before heading down to Big Wave Bay.

Chai Wan over the tree tops before heading down to Big Wave Bay.

Continue straight ahead, looking for a path turning right.

Continue straight ahead, looking for a path turning right.

Turn right at the trash can. Everything is also signposted!

Turn right at the trash can. Everything is also signposted!

Some beautiful tree covered trails.

Some beautiful tree covered trails.

Welcome to Big Wave Bay! Meander through the village and relax!

Welcome to Big Wave Bay! Meander through the village and relax!

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