I take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station, and exit at A3. I’m a little anxious about catching the bus from here, but the station is immediately within view and the #9 bus is not difficult to find. The entrance to Dragon’s Back Trail, a path along the ridge connecting the Wam Cham San and Shek O peaks, is only a short ride away.
Dragon’s Back is the perfect hike: easy to moderate difficulty level, a little longer than an hour in duration, with just enough fellow walkers to feel safe but not crowded. It offers spectacular views from all sides of me.
This is a good hike to "ease into hiking," as it's not very challenging. While the highest point on the trail is only 284 meters, the hike is mainly flat but the views are worthy of a much more difficult hike.
To find the starting point is a bit of a challenge. You can take the number 9 minibus from Shau Kei Wan MTR. Get off at To Tei Wan—you may need to ask a passenger—and the hike is about 1km uphill from the road. There are signposts. About 2.5 hours of walking.