The path less traveled is where travel adventure begins. If you’re in Hong Kong, find this trail which doesn’t even have a name. We’ll call it the Victoria Peak Dragon Trail.
When we are out on location and not filming, we seek out our own adventures and we usually find them by sourcing locals and expats. This time around we discovered many of the buildings along the coast of Hong Kong Island have holes in them, which serve no engineering purpose. Turns out the holes allow dragons in the Hong Kong hills to access the beach without the buildings getting in the way. Wow! We immediately wanted to get up into the hills so we asked expat adventure couple Ryan and Jen VanGorder if they could take us on an adventure.
7 million tourists visit the highest peak above Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak or locally “The Peak”. However few of them take the Dragon Trail route and you will see why. High above Hong Kong proper Victoria peak contains the most expensive real estate in the world and a spaceship looking building which will be your destination for a much needed beer. You won’t actually reach the peak, it’s off limits, but the spaceship tower is a worthy destination. Although the Dragon Trail is all about the journey.
THE VICTORIA PEAK ROUTE
You can start this route at the dirt trail head, but it’s much more of an experience to start it from the busy metropolitan Central district and walking all the way to the Peak Tower. This route will take you about 2 hours to go the 6.8 km (4.2 mi) one way and ascend 693 m (2,274 ft). Don’t worry, half of it is on escalators!
So we are going to start in downtown Hong Kong’s Central District at the Central Mid-Levels Escalators on Queens Road Central.
Jump on the escalator system and keep on it moving on and off escalators and stairs until Conduit Road.
Left onto Conduit Road to Hornsey Road making your way onto Old Peak Road.
Follow Peak Road through the towers and as it begins to wind around behind the towers against the base of the peak.
At the base of the peak the Peak Road will continue, but you’re going to take an abrupt right on a cobblestone path which will quickly turn right again onto a dirt path.
This is your path up the peak, but it wont stay a path.
Follow it around the base of the peak as it slowly rises.
As you pass a large rock slab that allows you to look quite a ways up the peak there will be a small vertical trail on the right of the slab. Take this path.
Head straight up and keep following the path until it turns into ropes hanging over rock slabs.
At this point the best thing to do is follow the ropes up the side of the peak, off and on until you reach the Lugard road.
You can’t miss the Lugard road, so just keep going up.
You should come out near the Lugard Road Lookout. Get up onto the Lugard Road and head left on the road
This will take you to the Peak Tower. Go to the view side of the Peak Tower and have a beer on the balcony.
Now to get down...Call a cab back to Central!
Doing it during the day will obviously be easier to find the path and ropes, but those with a headlamp and an adventurous spirit, the city provides spectacular views at night.
WHAT TO WEAR
Shorts, t-shirt and a good pair of shoes.
Depending on the season, a light rain jacket.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a small pack or at least have one in your party for all your stuff. You will need two hands free.
Bring money for beer, lots of water for everyone, and sunscreen.
Comment below if you have any questions or other suggestions around Hong Kong for adventures,