Going to Dragon’s Back was a super impromptu decision but I gotta say, despite the highs and lows (get it get it), we didn’t regret it. Okay, maybe Eugene did regret it a little because he was wearing his Off White t-shirt, thinking that we were going to stay indoors the whole day. Whoops.
Us being the lazy couple we are, we googled mapped our way to the top with the shortest climbing distance. Google suggested that we take an MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station, followed by taking Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. We’d then drop at the bus stop ‘Lan Nai Wan‘ and walk to the peak of the mountain.
The bus ride was supposed to be a mere 15 minutes (10 stops) but me being me, I didn’t keep track of where we were and so, we missed our stop. We ended up walking all the way to the entrance of the trail of Dragon’s Back and had to hike our way up to the top.
I hate exercising, so imagine climbing probably more than 1,000 steps up to the top. We had to stop a few times because I felt like I was about to faint from the heat (okay not really faint but was just so exhausted).
At one of our stops, we were able to see the Shek O Beach down below that many websites suggest you visit when you are climbing the Dragon’s Back. However, Eugene and I were too tired to even bother trying to find our way there.
His Off White tshirt heh.
After forever, we finally reached the top and took some pictures (more like a shit ton of pictures) and thank goodness it was more cooling at the top. We rested for a few minutes before we made our way back to the city.
Just something funny we saw.
We took the same bus, bus 9, hoping to end up at the same Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus as we started off at. However, we suddenly reached a terminal where they told all of us to get down from. We were still somewhere on the hill, but at a town there.
A Chinese auntie suddenly popped out and asked us if we were going to the beach. Eugene and I were like ?? Beach?? So we decided to just take a chance and said yes and she led us away from the bus stop. In that short journey, Eugene and I kept wondering if there was a catch to this, like if she was going to make us pay her a ‘tour guide fee’ to the beach. We even tried to shrug her off after realising that by trying to tell her we were going to stop and buy drinks, but she just stood there and waited for us. Hence, we decided to just follow her all the way to the beach.
When we arrived, we realised that we were actually at the Shek O Beach that we saw all the way up on Dragon’s Back! We felt so blessed and of course, took pictures again at the beach. Back to the auntie, we found out that the only reason she led us to the beach was that she was selling the beach umbrellas for people to sit under. Although the beach was a really tempting place to finally stop and relax at, the weather was just too hot and even if we had the umbrellas, it wouldn’t help much.
We left and walked back to the bus terminal that we stopped at and we also found out that we were supposed to get off and wait for another bus, Bus 9 again, to bring us back to the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. After a short wait, we made it back to the city safely.
Watch our Vlog up Dragon’s Back here: Vlog 1: Dragon’s Back nearly killed our backs