Hiking to Big Wave Bay (大浪灣) along the Leaping Dragon Walk (龍躍徑)

Last week, I went hiking with my wife and one of my cycling buddies to the Big Wave Bay (大浪灣) along the Leaping Dragon Walk (龍躍徑) located in the eastern corner of the Hong Kong Island.

We started our journey from the Siu Sai Wan Promenade in Chaiwan, which is right next to the entrance of the Leaping Dragon Walk.

Last week, I went hiking with my wife and one of my cycling buddies to the Big Wave Bay (大浪灣) along the Leaping Dragon Walk (龍躍徑) located in the eastern corner of the Hong Kong Island.

We started our journey from the Siu Sai Wan Promenade in Chaiwan, which is right next to the entrance of the Leaping Dragon Walk.

Island Resort - high-rise residential complex next to the Siu Sai Wan Promenade

Island Resort – high-rise residential complex next to the Siu Sai Wan Promenade

Entrance of Leaping Dragon Walk at Siu Sai Wan Promenade

Entrance of Leaping Dragon Walk at Siu Sai Wan Promenade

Leaping Dragon Walk

Leaping Dragon Walk

Government Public Housing Estate in Siu Sai Wan

Government Public Housing Estate in Siu Sai Wan

The Leaping Dragon Walk is about 1 Kilometer in length and with an average gradient of 10%. It is definitely not an easy walk but somehow quite a lot of the elderly take this as their morning exercise.

Have a nice smile before starting the step climb along the Leaping Dragon Walk

Have a nice smile before starting the step climb along the Leaping Dragon Walk

Within 15 minutes of walk, we reached the end of the Leaping Dragon Walk and arrived at the Cape Collinson Road.

Cape Collinson Road Rest Garden

Cape Collinson Road Rest Garden

Cape Collinson Road

Cape Collinson Road

From the junction, one may turn left along the Cape Collinson Road to the Cape Collinson Battery, a World War II relic that overlooks the Tathong Channel (藍塘海峽). I have never been to battery before and this may serve as one of the point of interests of my next hiking trip.

At the far end of the road is the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, a minimum security training centre to provide rehabilitation services to young male offenders.

Hikers usually will take a rest here and have a glimpse of the eastern part of the Kowloon Peninsula / New Territories and the Tathong Channel.

View of Tathong Channel from Cape Collinson Road

View of Tathong Channel from Cape Collinson Road

There is also a self-serviced rest area next to the entrance of the Pottinger Peak Country Trail. The facility is believed to be built by hikers to provide a temporary shelter where they can have a chat and enjoy some tea.

Rest area next to the Pottinger Peak Country Trail

Rest area next to the Pottinger Peak Country Trail

 

After a short rest, we continue our journey along the trail, which consists of a paved 500 steps uphill  climb to the Pottinger Peak View Compass and followed by another 1000 downhill steps to the Big Wave Bay.

Entrance to the Pottinger Peak Country Trail (500 steps uphill climb)

Entrance to the Pottinger Peak Country Trail (500 steps uphill climb)

Start of the uphill steps towards the Pottinger Peak View Compass

Start of the uphill steps towards the Pottinger Peak View Compass

Half way to the 500 steps uphill climb, we met a hiker who was feeling uncomfortable and slightly lost conscious. We immediately called the police and within 15 to 30 minutes, the emergency rescue team arrived and helped to escort the hiker downhill.

Emergency Rescue team swiftly arrived at the scene

Emergency Rescue team swiftly arrived at the scene

Everything settled and we continued with out journey to the Pottinger Peak View Compass which is located in the highest point of today’s hike.

Pottinger Peak View Compass

Pottinger Peak View Compass

From the View Compass, you can take a look at some of the major point of interests of the Kowloon Peninsula and the eastern part of the New Territories. Remember to check out the reference board for the name of these areas.

Next came the easiest part of the journey, the 1000 downhill steps.

Continue with the downhill portion

Continue with the downhill portion

 

It shouldn’t take much time to arrive at Big Wave Bay. However, given the stunning view of the Tathong Channel along the downhill steps, most of the hikers would spent quite a long time here to take photographs and probably selfies.

At the junction to our destination - Big Wave Bay

At the junction to our destination – Big Wave Bay

Another Pavillion located at the beginning of the 1000 downhill steps

Another Pavillion located at the beginning of the 1000 downhill steps

Cape D'aguilar and Shek O in the background

Cape D’aguilar and Shek O in the background

Looking back at the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution

Looking back at the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution

Big Wave Bay came into view

Big Wave Bay came into view

The house sitting on the top of the cliff belongs to one wealthy family and celebrities of the town.

The famous Big Wave Bay

The famous Big Wave Bay

One of the point of interests in Big Wave Bay is the “Big Wave Bay Rock Carving”  – a declared monument in Hong Kong. No one know when and who made the carving but it is believed to belong to the end of the Neolithic era and the Bronze Age.

The Big Wave Bay Rock Carving

The Big Wave Bay Rock Carving

To get to the Rock Carving, turns left and walked along another set of paved steps to the cliff where it is located.

To our surprise, the paved steps and the hand rail along the path were completely destroyed.

The hand rail along the paved steps to the rock carving were damaged

The hand rail along the paved steps to the rock carving were damaged

So are the iron cage protecting the Rock Carving.

The cage protecting the rock carving was also seriously damaged

The cage protecting the rock carving was also seriously damaged

This is what the Rock Carving is supposed to look like.

Big Wave Bay Rock Carving

Big Wave Bay Rock Carving

 

We next came to the barbecue area.

Big Wave Bay BBQ Area

Big Wave Bay BBQ Area

It also appeared abnormal to us. What we saw were just the stone chairs and all the stoves were missing.

Where are the BBQ stoves?

Where are the BBQ stoves?

Only stone chairs remained

Only stone chairs remained

A closer look revealed that all the stone stoves were broken and lying on the side of the BBQ area.

All the BBQ stoves were broken and lying on the side of the BBQ area

All the BBQ stoves were broken and lying on the side of the BBQ area

 

Along the beach, we found that lot of debris and broken concrete structures were also piled up near the bush.

Debris and concrete building structures were piled up at the end of beach

Debris and concrete building structures were piled up at the end of beach

Trees were dead

Trees were dead

 

Later we learnt from the notice board at the beach that the Big Wave Bay beach was seriously damaged by the mega typhoon Mangkhut in September. The beach was closed down from 1 December 2018 till 28 February 2019 for cleanup and reconstruction works.

Here is a YouTube showing what had happened the day mega typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong in September. (Courtesy of Apple Daily Hong Kong)

 

Sad to know that one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong was damaged to such a great extend. We all hope that it will be recovered soon.

 

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Anyway, time for lunch.

Tong Kee - place for our lunch

Tong Kee – place for our lunch

Colorful surf boards for rental

Colorful surf boards for rental

The cafe served a lot of the local, Thai and western cuisines.

Fresh Coconut drink seems to be the hot item as most of the customers here had ordered it.

Fresh coconut drink for my wife

Fresh coconut drink for my wife

My wife said it was so fresh and tasty that she wanted to come back later to enjoy it again.

My Lime Tonic

My Lime Tonic

My friend's iced-lemon drink

My friend’s iced-lemon drink

Oops…

We were so hungry that we forgot to take any photographs for the tasty instant noodles.

Our instant noodles (After)

Our instant noodles (After)

 

As we needed to pick up our boy from school, we had to end our journey by taking public bus back to the city area.

Public bus back to the city area

Public bus back to the city area

 

However, as public light bus came much earlier, we got on it instead.

Public light bus as an alternative

Public light bus as an alternative

 

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Strava Summary with Map and Elevation Profile

Strava Map and Elevation Profile

Strava Map and Elevation Profile

3-D Visualisation of Today’s Journey with Relive


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  1. Wonderful hiking away from hustle-bustle city. Stunning views. And connecting STRAVA with “Relive” is also great to share our ride. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. We used to finish our hikes in UK with beer and chips, but i’d settle for fresh coconut and instant noodles as well ^_^

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