If you need a short respite from the frantic activity of Mongkok or Causeway Bay a trip to scenic Repulse Bay will re-charge your battery. This upmarket residential area on the Southern side of Hong Kong Island has a really lovely sunny beach and some welcome patches of greenery in contrast to the concrete jungle of Central.
Swimming is permitted. Make sure you check out the Lifesaving Clubhouse which is beautifully and ornately decorated. Opposite the beach is the Repulse Bay apartment complex which is another example of out-of the ordinary Hong Kong architecture with a square hole incorporated into the building. If you need a coffee after relaxing on the beach there is a Pacific Coffee branch in the building's upmarket arcade. There is also a small selection of shops, a supermarket and a day spa, not much else for tourists really but a walk through the arcade is worthwhile if you can spare the time.
Repulse Bay was in my agenda - not to swim (the time was too short for that), but to have a look.
Unfortunately, the weather didn't help us, and with all those stores calling for Fernanda I didn't even stop. The general look from the wet window was interesting, and, if I go back to Hong Kong under a sunny day, it will be included in the new agenda.
Besides, travelling there is too easy, and quick, as long as you find the bus terminal in Central Hong Kong.
Primarily an upmarket residential area, sun-drenched Repulse Bay has a relaxed resort-like atmosphere. The wide, wave-lapped beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and great for sandy strolls in the early morning when the sun is up and the sunbathers are out in force, or at sunset when all is at peace.
This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. The beach features a lifeguard clubhouse built in traditional Chinese style. Its ceiling is decorated with magnificent swirling dragons. Towering twin statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen dominate the picturesque gardens that lead down to the beach.
There are a suprising number of beaches in Hong Kong.
The best ones are to the South and East of the region. The ones to the west are polluted by the Pearl River outflow.
Good ones can be found at Repulse Bay, Shek O, Big Wave Bay, Stanley (not village side) and Sai Kung.
Swimming is pleasant and the water clean enough that you can still see your feet when the water is up to your waist.
Most have good facilities such as showers, changing rooms and cafes.
Repulse Bay is located in southern part of Hong Kong Island. It is the most spectacular bay in Hong Kong. Its name was derived when British Army repulsed the pirates several decades ago when British occupied Hong Kong. The Chinese name for Repulse Bay literally means "the Shallow Water Bay".
Today Repulse Bay is a great tourist destination and attraction. Lots of luxurious hotels, high-rise residential properties, fascinating monuments, elegant restaurants, bars and cafes are now located along the beach. Millions of foreign and local tourists flock to Repulse Bay to enjoy the scenery every year especially during summer.
Repulse Bay is Hong Kong's most popular beach, often attracting over 20,000 visitors at weekends. It has a nice sandy beach but is overlooked by several apartments include the famous "building with a hole" - The Repulse Bay Building, site of the former Repulse Bay Hotel that was built in 1920. One theory about the bays name comes from that it was named after HMS Repulse which was stationed at the bay at one point during the early days of the British Navy to fend off pirates.
Hong Kong Island has some very upmarket districts to the south. The main tourist draw here is Repulse Bay, where you can catch the sun sea and surf on many nice beaches and escape the hustle bustle of the city. Some other areas of note are Aberdeen and Stanley. This picture shows some modern hotels with unique designs.
Well, since it's one of the most famous beaches in Hong Kong, there is nothing much to do there. But the beach itself is very clean and it's quite spacious comparing to standard in Hong Kong. I had a good afternoon "burning myself" just like a roasted pork, a well-known Cantonese cuisine.
There is a temple for Chinese Goddness, Guan-yin and Matzu just five minutes away from the main beach. There are a lot of statues there, if you are tired of ultra-violet, pay a visit there to feel how Chinese pray to our Goddness can be another experience.
There are one Starbucks, one Pizza Hut, and a 7-11 convenience store if you ever feel hungry of in need of buying some kits.
By the way, this is my second stop of my Hong Kong discovery trip. I enjoy this serious. Hope you can also enjoy my travel notes.
Repulse Bay is placid waters and hotel attracted picnickers and tourists. Demolished, then replicated, the colonial-style hotel adorns a high-rise estate. This beach features an unusual Mythical deities protect the gaudy Lifeguard Club, built in traditional style and boasting huge statue of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau protectors of fisherfolk.
This a photo of my friend Sony at Repulse Bay on Hong Kong Island. We had a stop here during our HK Island tour. What a gorgeous spot. The South China Sea as the backdrop to this beautiful beach outlined on a rolling green hillsided coastline with magnificent luxury homes and apartments was just a sight to behold. The sea was so still and relaxing with sunlight cascading upon the waves in perfect symmetry. I wish we had more time there. It is a quaint little seaside community with the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. Some small boutiques and cozy pubs hug the coastside making this spot a paradise for tourists and I'm sure locals alike. If it's your first time there make sure you visit Repulse Bay.
A poem I wrote about Repulse Bay upon my return home.
dawns an infinite canvas
of Western colonized
where lavish mountain hideaways
rich in ginseng, bamboo
and crescent moon white sands
amidst a rapturous seascape
at high tide
while the South China Sea
Going to Repulse Bay is fun. You travel by road from the Victoria Harbor Bay, the northern side of Hong Kong Island to the southern side of Hong Kong Island - facing the South China Sea.
Along the way, you go through the tunnel through Shatin and along winding road, passing expensive villas before arriving at Repulse Bay. Since you are on this side, you should also visit the shopping place of Stanley.
At Repulse Bay, you will see the famous Chinese temple. Much of the natural beach is gone and being replaced by sand brought from elsewhere. But the famous statues and sculptures of Chinese mystical symbols and dieties are still there adding to a unique Hong Kong cultural flavor.
Repulse Bay is surrounded by luxurious villas and pricey condos on the south side of Hong Kong Island. It was my favourite childhood beach. The beach is still a popular place to go in the summer.
At the east end of the beach, you can visit the giant statue of Tin Hau and Kwun Yum, two popular Chinese goddesses that are worshipped by many. It is completed with a pagoda and other traditional architecture and statues.
There is a number of bus routes that pass by Repulse Bay. eg. from Central, you can take 260 or 6. Check with the Citybus or the New World First Bus websites for route info.
Suggestion: combine your visit to Repulse Bay with Stanley. They are very close to each other.
Repulse bay is on the south side of Hong Kong island. It has a very pleasant setting and consequently has some eye watering real esate prices to match.
In 1841 the bay was used as a base by pirates and caused serious concern to foreign merchant ships trading with China. The pirates were subsequently repulsed by the British Fleet; hence the name. Another theory holds that the bay was named after the HMS Repulse which was stationed at the bay at one point.
In the 1910s, Repulse Bay was developed into a beach, and the Repulse Bay Hotel was built in 1920. To attract swimmers, a bus route from Central to Repulse Bay was created, and now stands as one of Hong Kong's oldest bus routes. During the Battle of Hong Kong in World War II, Repulse Bay was an important strategic location.
There are a number of hotels along the bay and also the old Repluse bay hotel (a strange affair with a hole in the building) which is now a shopping centre.
This is where the rich and famous make their homes. Our tour guide pointed out to us a huge house on the hill, and it turns out to be Jackie Chan's abode. There are two statues at the entrance to the temple - Goddess of Mercy and God of Wealth.
Repulse Bay has a beautiful beach and it's worth a visit to look at the high rise apartment blocks there. There's the original block with the hole cut out after a feng shui expert said the dragon in the mountain behind couldn't excape! Further along there's a new block which was designed by Norman Foster. At the end of the beach there is a wonderful temple.
The Lifeguards Temple has statues from practically every religion. They were obviously making sure that every god would help them! It's rather kitsch but fun to visit. There are often coachloads of tourists from the mainland and it's interesting to see what they get up to. They all scramble up a Buddha statue to have their photo taken while they're rubbing the Buddha's belly. They go over the Bridge of Longevity several times to add a few more days to their lives and spend ages throwing coins up into the mouth of a fish statue! Great fun to sit and people watch!