Think I made a mistake by the title?? Nope, Hong Kong does have some beaches. When most people think of Hong Kong, they think, big city and hustle and bustle. Yes, that is true, but Hong Kong also does have a more quiet side. Repulse Bay is about a half hour cab ride outside the city, to a very different part of this fantastic country.
Its got lovely little beaches which prove quite popular in the hot summer months, and I would recommend that they are well worth the visit.
Its also not very far from the village of Stanley where they have a lovely market which is quite popular, and nice place to visit.
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.
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.
In the 1920s, Repulse Bay hotel opened its doors to welcome foreigners who wanted to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Repulse Bay.
The Repulse Bay Hotel has a high class cafe that serves anything from espresso to hot chocolate. Though a petite drink there could cost upwards of $ 40 HKD ( $ 5USD) & tips of 20%+, the service there is absolutely superb, the views are excellent, & the environment is very comforting. The last time I went, we were the only ones there, so it was pretty special ...
Beyond the cafe is a courtyard, which reminded me of the ones in England & Spain.
Located by the beach, the Lifeguard Club's terraces features many interesting figures, including two enormous Chinese style statutes, one of Kwun Yum (Goddess of Eternity & Serenity), and Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea).
Behind in big black letters, it says " Number one bay under the sky". This follows the Ancient Chinese mentality that Imperial China was the middle kingdom, & therefore the best in the world. This mindset was partly due to isolation & the fact that less civilized foreigners surrounded them. To recognize this accomplishment, many treasures of China (including wells) claimed & still claim that they are the best the world.
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.
Located on the shores of Repulse Bay is a miniature temple with many of ancient China's idols & fairies.
If you look up on the left, you will see mansions that are on the mountain side. They are worth over $ 10 million USD for one home, but have one of the best views of Hong Kong. If you have been to Repulse Bay, you would understand why it is one of the most desired places to live in Hong Kong.
Repulse Bay is a personal favourite, for it has some of the best scenary in the world, and it is easy & fast to get to. Sometimes, the beach gets a little crowded, but just walking around & admiring the surrounding scenery is good enough for me.
There are two huge 10 metre high statues of Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy and Tin Hau (the Queen of Heaven and Protectress of Seafarers), right on the beach. The Life Guard Club was built in a traditional Chinese style and its ceilings are decorated with magnificent swirling dragons.
The only decent beach on Hong Kong Island. Not the best beach is the world but make do with what you have. Not only do you come here to ogle at the folks lying on the sand, folks also come here to ogle at the many opulent and expensive houses inhabiting this area. As the area is hilly and facing the sea, this is very good "Feng Shui" area and so attract the rich & famous of HK to secure a good position. (Jackie Chan is rumoured to own a house here too)
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.
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.
Arrived early morning in the bay at the 2nd day in Hongkong. There are a few of people around yet and the beach was quiet lovely, clean and one of the most famous bay area in Hongkong. The beach is a crescent-shaped strand of sand. The entrance or the other part of the area had something a renovation when we went..I don't know what they're up to but still is the place holds a nice spot for visitors wants to go visit again and again!
There is a traditional Chinise style complex in the side with diffirent kinds of Gods, a big statue and a small ones..
I've seen these Chinese Complex in any pictures that a family or a friend been to HongKong so we went in here just to have a glimpse of these ones which are nice too! You can see diffirent kinds of Statues and Buddhas in one sitting. Colorful big ones along the bay. I saw a half moon with a little chinese boy riding in it..you all seen these too..
I'm not even a sun worshipper but would love to see and take some sunset photo's;-) We went in here during the morning so, it's cromprehensable that we're not there to catch up sunsets instead a nice blue skies in under a hot summer days...