After getting WFR certified and falling completely in love with Colorado, Cody and I made our way back to LA to catch our flight to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. In other words, it was a huge contrast to the Rockies and we found ourselves jetlagged and slightly overwhelmed.
Traveling with a backpack full of backcountry climbing gear, we did not have the right attire to get into any of the yummy restaurants I had been salivating about nor did we have any desire to shop for various real and/or fake luxury items. This left us with nothing to do but people watch, stroll around town during a typhoon in head to toe Gortex, and embark on my favorite urban hike in the world.
If any of you end up in Hong Kong and find yourselves in a similar situation, I highly recommend the Dragon’s Back trail in Shek O Country Park. The trail is a fairly easy stroll rather than a hike, but truly well worth the little amount of time you need to complete it.
The views from the ridge are spectacular. If you look to the east, you’ll see the Clear Water Bay peninsula islands, and if you look to the west, you’ll see the Stanley peninsula. The hike makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from everything. In case you need more convincing, the Dragon’s Back trail had been voted the best urban hike in Asia by Time magazine.
Hong Kong reminds us of Manhattan in Hawaii filled with busy Asians and ex-pats: a truly intense place to visit. All in all, we are stoked to make are way onward to Thailand.