Hong Kong is blessed with a truly unique topography. Rolling green hills, flat plains, sandy beachfronts and lush outlying islands and numerous lofty skyscrapers makeup the territory’s inimitable landscape.
People, who are not very familiar with Hong Kong, tend to think of it only as a city of banks and skyscrapers so they are quite amazed to discover that Hong Kong, in fact, is home to several great beaches. These seafront enclaves are accessible year round but are especially busy during the long, hot, humid Hong Kong summers. A time when most Hong Kongers head for the outdoors to enjoy typical Hong Kong summer activities like barbecues, junk trips, dragon boat races and swimming and surfing in the warm waters of the sea
Listed below are some of Hong Kong’s best beaches popular with Hong Kongers and visitors alike.
Stanley Main Beach and St Stephen’s Bay
Stanley village is a beach town located on a peninsula at the southern end of Hong Kong Island. Stanley is known for its two main beaches, Stanley Main Beach and St Stephen’s Bay. Both beaches have designated areas for barbecues and are outfitted with shark nets for safe swimming.
Stanley Main Beach is a larger enclave which features attractions like Blake Pier, historic Murray House, Stanley market and restaurant and bar-laden Main Street. Stanley Main Beach is a favored haunt of windsurfing enthusiasts, and the beach is also the site of the annual Stanley Dragon Boat Championships. This event is held in June every year to celebrate the Tuen Ng Festival, and it always draws huge crowds to Stanley.
The Stanley area offers a whole host of residential options such as stand-alone villas, townhouses, colonial-style apartments and even village houses. Stanley is easily accessible from Central via a whole host of public and minibus services.
Repulse Bay and South Bay
These two pristine sandy beachfronts, lie on the way to Stanley. Of the two Repulse Bay is more easily accessible for it lies on the route served by various public bus services. Repulse Bay is also more developed in the sense that it is dotted with many luxury residences, restaurants and even a mall.
South Bay beach epitomizes the phrase ‘ the road less traveled’ for it is relatively isolated and accessible only by taxi or private car via another quiet, palm-fringed beachfront at Middle Bay. South Bay and Middle Bay are however, both equipped with barbecue pits, toilets and changing rooms. Also located within South Bay, is the upscale South Bay Beach Club, a seafront restaurant renowned for its laid-back European vibe a la the beaches of Ibiza.
The beaches of Sai Kung
The new territories coastal township of Sai Kung is home to several fabulous beachfronts. Trio Beach, Hap Mun Bay, Sharp Island and Long Ke beach, all feature white sand beachfronts enveloped by clear, azure waters. However, SaiKung’s most famous beachfront is Tai Long Wan. This incredibly beautiful beachfront is considered to be ‘the best beach in Hong Kong.’
Encircled by lush green hills, Tai Long Wan is accessed via a long trek(on the Maclehose hiking trail) through the shrubbery and cliffs of Sai Kung Country Park. The stretch of Tai Long Wan beach includes three individual beaches, namely Sai Wan, Ham Tin, and Tung Wan. Tai Long Wan is a favorite with surfers.
Sai Kung town is located at a distance from Central, but it has good public transport links and hence is an extremely popular residential choice with lovers of nature and the outdoors.
Located to the east of Repulse Bay, the wide expanse of sandyShek-O beach is perhaps Hong Kong’s most popular beachfront. Outfitted with many good restaurants, bars, cafes and shops along with lifeguards, shark nets, public access BBQ pits and shower and changing facilities, Shek-O is a natural choice for a day trip to the beach.
Shek-O beach is easily reachable via public bus or mini bus from the Shau Kei Wan MTR stop.
The beaches of Lantau Island
LantauIsland, home of the TianTian Buddha and Ngong Ping Cable Car hosts some excellent beaches like Silvermine Bay (located within proximity to the MuiWo Ferry Pier) and Pui O and ChuengSha beaches located on the southern coast of the island.
These beachfronts offer great opportunities for swimming and windsurfing and are equipped with a few eateries as well. The beaches of Lantau Island can be accessed by ferry from Central or then by bus from the town of Tung Chung and even on foot from the residential, resort-like enclave, Discovery Bay.
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