I've got to admit, the thought of waking up at the crack of dawn to scale the dragons back fills me with apathy - can anyone recommend some nice trails with good views that aren't going to make me sweat at the thought of them?
Hiking for the lazy
The last 2 times I've been to Big Wave Bay we have done a short hike which has awesome views and wasn't too difficult.. You go through the village behind the beach and start the trek up the stairs. It goes up a fair bit but that's the only hard bit. When you get to the top of the stairs turn right and walk along till you see the sign to turn right again back to Big Wave Bay beach. There are really nice views the whole way back down to the beach. You can see Shek O golf course in front of you and Clear Water Bay golf course to your left.
I think it's part of a longer hike but it's the only bit we do. Takes about 45 minutes so doesn't cut into your beach time too much!
High Junk Peak Country Trail at Clearwater Bay. Great view of of the bay and the surrounding area. It's a 6.4km/3 hour hike. I like starting from Tai Mui Au - it's by the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club gate and has a non-meter public car park. If you start from Ng Fai Tin (has metered car park), it's worth when you reach Tai Mui Au, to walk down Po Toi O Road to the village where there's a nice seafood restaurant. Don't know their opening times though. But whichever end you finish, it's quite easy to grab or call for a taxi and head for the Clearwater Bay Beach and chill all day.
Lion Peak, in the middle of Kowloon. Only takes about 45 minutes (for the intermediate hiker) and leads you to the best natural view of HK skyline
I've been there a few weeks ago, very nice area to go for a bike ride, you can rent one in Tai Po and then bike all the way there.
Only replying to agree that those suggested routes seems great! Lovely photo from Plover Come Dam!