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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,637 contributions
    The Dragon's Back Trail is one of the most popular urban hikes in all of Hong Kong. Located in the Shek O Country Park, this is an easy, well-surfaced and maintained trail with a few moderately difficult ascends. As such, you will find hikers and walkers of all fitness levels doing this hike, including families with little ones.

    Most begin at the southern end of the trail near Tei Wan Village and make the roughly 8km hike north to Big Wave Bay. Bus route 9 from Shau Kei Wan (MTR Exit A) to Shek O has a drop off at To Tei Wan at the Dragon's Back trailhead. At Big Wave Bay, you can take red minibus to 'Shau Kei Wan' or call in a taxi when ready to head back to the city.

    The Dragon's Back Trail is particularly impressive in the southern section where it winds a ridge and provides rewarding views the Shek O Peninsula and sea to the east. To the west, you will be able to see much of the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When sky conditions are favourable, the views are outstanding.

    The northern half of the trail is very flat and easy for walking, it winds through forested and some exposed parts. There are a few places with tables to rest and public toilets. You'll also find a couple of places to link up with other trails such as the Pottinger Road and Gap north of the final descend into Big Wave Bay.

    Overall, Dragon's Back is a good trail. It is accessible, easy to hike, views can be outstanding on clear days. Unfortunately, this means heavy foot traffic as well, particularly on weekends and public holidays. Keep that in mind if planning on including this hike during your time in Hong Kong.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • MsMkonnichiwa
    Sydney, Australia111 contributions
    So much to enjoy. Yes, gorgeous garden with wandering paths and picture-perfect settings at every turn. Calm and serene. What sets it apart from similar parks is the addition of wood and rocks. Wood in a beautiful display of structures like the nunnery made from special joinery; no nails. The wood smell and cooler temp in this delightful gallery was quite special. Rocks of all sorts for the garden in a lovely way, and feature with philosophical quotes in the nunnery. Beautiful.
    Written 16 May 2020
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  • TK88888
    618 contributions
    Oddly enough, situated directly opposite Plaza Hollywood.

    Well, I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition.
    Written 30 November 2021
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  • Edgar S
    Hong Kong, China1,472 contributions
    What a find. The 10.000 Buddha Monastery is a true and wonderful experience. One has to climb steps to reach the main temple but is rewarded by the view of the lined up monks on the way. There are seats provided along the climb. Once you reach the main temple, you look at 10.000 Buddhas all lined up. There are larger size monks, other buddha sculptures as well a pagoda which no closed to climb up because of the coronavirus. You shall be at inner peace and enjoy the splendid surroundings of Shatin. There is a gift shop that sells refreshments too. One can climb up further to see more of stone carved generals and other female sculptures. To sum it up, sensational. If you are in Hong Kong for a longer time, go there. It is free and one has to strike it off one's bucket list.
    Written 19 November 2020
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  • Amy L
    Hong Kong, China2 contributions
    Great quiet place to go for religious and non religious reasons. A bit far out but totally worth it. Will go back
    Written 26 June 2021
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  • The dodger
    Hong Kong, China40 contributions
    Lived here in Discovery Bay for over 4 years having previously lived in Kennedy Town. Work in Central on HK Island. Very convenient to get to Central - the boats are frequent and throughout the day. Only about 1 hour door to door for me to get to work. Feels very relaxing here after a day in Central. Easy to get to airport with convenient bus services all day as well. Buses also take you around the area easily. Few good bars and restaurants. Basic shopping needs. And a nice beach. If you are visiting DB is not a bad place to base yourself but it's not really the HK you would be looking for I suspect.
    Written 31 January 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,637 contributions
    The Kowloon Walled City Park is one of the most interesting city parks in Hong Kong. It is an attractive park centred around the site of the 19th-century Qing Dynasty fort which became the infamous Kowloon Walled City in the 20th century. The park is a tranquil place to enjoy beautiful gardens while learning important local history at the same time.

    Historically, this is the location where fortifications were built in the early 19th-century to house Qing Dynasty forces in response to the arrival of the British. After WWII, an 'anything goes' city sprung up within the old fort grounds. It became known as the Kowloon Walled City, which was up to 16 stories of tightly packed illegal structures of residents and small businesses. The walled city was demolished by the HK authorities in the early 1990s and the grounds were then converted into the city park that you can visit and enjoy today.

    Much of the park is designed as a Jingnan style garden and includes lovely pavilions, traditional walls, moon gate entrance courtyards surrounded by attractive landscaping, very tall trees, ponds, waterfall and streams. Other sections of the park are of more modern layout with grassy areas near to the Kowloon City Plaza Mall for seating as well as sporting and leisure grounds at the Carpenter Road Park area.

    For fans of history and architecture, the historic Yamen (Alm's House) building is well worth spending time while visiting the Kowloon Walled City. This is an original structure from the old Qing Dynasty Fort that survived the days of the Walled City and remains as a reminder of both important periods of history for visitors today. You'll see exhibition panels and models of the 19th century fort and 20th century Walled City. In the back there are six rooms with visual exhibits as well. Just outside the Yamen building, you can also see relics discovered during excavations, including the famous Remnants of the South Gate.

    Note: The Sung Wong Toi MTR Station (Tuen Ma line) opened a couple years ago. From Exit B1 & B2, you are 5 minute walk to the park. Alternatively, you can use the Lok Fu MTR Station (Kwun Tong line) which is a 12-15 minute walk from the park.
    Written 20 April 2022
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China8,562 contributions
    This is a tourist attraction close to the renowned Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. A pleasant 20-minute walk from Ngong Ping, Wisdom Path is a collection of 38 pillars with Buddhist scripture inscription. Many argue that it is indeed a feng shui display. The lush space is cozy and offers a nice view.
    Written 25 August 2021
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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China3,952 contributions
    …this outcrop is incredible. It really does resemble a lion from the ground and the vistas from the walk up and the peak itself are truly beautiful. Very much recommended for hike, best reached by starting at Fat Jong Temple (get a minibus from Wong Tai Sun or a taxi).
    Written 6 April 2022
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  • bmartin992
    London, United Kingdom17 contributions
    A bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort to get there.
    The invasion of HK during WW2 was not a high-point in British colonial history, with HK being completely unprepared for the Japanese invasion from the mainland.
    Makes this historical event come alive.
    And found out that a family friend had actually played a key role in the escape of the one-armed Chinese general!
    Written 12 November 2019
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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China3,952 contributions
    ...you’ll find this small complex which includes some sheds in which to change and a small pier. The views out to sea are very nice and from I’ve seen are incredible at sunset, though apparently it can get very busy.
    Written 7 March 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This is the largest temple on Hong Kong island and was built by local residents in 1862 in the Qing dynasty. It is a little tricky to find but it’s not far off Queens Rd in Wan Chai. Entry is free.
    Currently the front façade is being restored and is covered in bamboo scaffolding and green netting so you can see very little as you enter. However as soon as you step inside you are immediately struck by a ceiling full of vividly colourful lotus flower lanterns.
    The central main hall is dedicated to Pak Tai, god of the sea. He also goes by the pleasingly dramatic name, ‘Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven’. A 400 year old and 3m tall copper statue of the god takes central place. He is surrounded by hanging coils of smoky incense, offerings of fruit and flowers and red cloths and is flanked by numerous other gods.
On the left hand side of the main hall, you see a wall full of rows of small dark figures. These are the Tai Sui, 60 planetary gods who are responsible for the years and this is where people may pay their respects and hope for a good year.
    GETTING THERE: From Queens Rd East, head up Stone Nullah Lane, past the famous Blue House. At the top of the road, you will come to a playground area and temple is on your left, behind the giant banyan tree.
    Written 16 March 2021
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  • EastmeetsWestAB
    London, UK1,361 contributions
    Discover this trail by accident and indeed what a lovely find. Most of the paths here are paved properly and pls bring insect repellent.

    The view from here is beautiful better than the more we'll known Lugard Rd one. As there are fewer people and you can enjoy the view better!

    Do wear proper trainers although the road is paved, it may be slippery if it is wet!
    Written 30 May 2021
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  • Irish Z
    Hong Kong, China19 contributions
    If you are a local or not, this place would leave you in awe! Isolated and very quiet this beach is located in Sai Kung East Country Park and could be reached either by taxi to the dam then a quick hike or hiring a boat to take you. We camped here a few times and it could get packed but still had our own private space. Waking up in the morning was very much worth it as we got to see the sunrise. Make sure to bring enough food and water as they don't have any shops you could buy amenities. The toilet is shared and quite smelly but that's the only downside of it. Would totally recommend this to everyone coming to HK!
    Written 11 November 2021
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  • ladyktlambert
    Neuilly-sur-Seine, France3 contributions
    We have lived in HK for a few years but feel we are only scratching the surface of this amazing city. Fortunately, we were able to book a full day with Ashley biking, sightseeing and eating beachside BBQ in the beautiful New Territories. Ashley is adventurous like us, and she tailored an exciting itinerary in line with our interests. We had a wonderful time, and we look forward to booking her again for another adventure!
    Written 19 July 2020
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