Most people may not be aware, but Hong Kong has ample stretches of beautiful golden beaches. Whether you’re a surfer, a swimmer or just a sun-seeker, life’s a beach in Hong Kong.
It was tough to choose, but here are 6 of HK’s best beaches:
Big Wave Bay Beach, Shek O
A hit with local windsurfers, Big Wave Bay Beach is located at the scenic eastern end of Hong Kong Island, close to the Dragon’s Back hiking trail.
It’s also home to prehistoric rock carvings showing geometric designs and animals. These ancient artworks prove how important the sea was to Hong Kong’s early inhabitants.
Hung Shing Ye beach, Lamma Island
Hung Shing Yeh Beach’s clear water and powdery sand have been attracting expats and locals for a long time. It’s also a top spot to ring in yet another laid-back evening on the sand by throwing (or maybe even crashing) a party in the barbecue area, as the sunset’s rays reflect off the water.
Repulse Bay Beach
Sun-drenched Repulse Bay Beach has a relaxed, resort-like feel to it. The white sands, calm waters and surrounding trees create a picture perfect vista. The bay houses some award-winning restaurants and designer shops, making it a perfect day out.
And if you feel like more unspoilt terrain, a short 1 mile walk will lead you to serene, tree-lined South Bay Beach.
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Beach
Most of Hong Kong’s population do their best surfing on the Internet, but on the weekends a fair few of them head to the island of Cheung Chau to enjoy the beaches where Olympic windsurfing champion Lee Lai-Shan once trained.
A year-round favourite with locals is Tung Wan Beach, which has turquoise waters and charming night views of Aberdeen and Lamma Island.
Right next door to Tung Wan Beach, in Kwun Yam Beach the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre provides windsurfing, surfing and canoeing equipment, and it’s possible to see unusual coastal rock formations and the Mini Great Wall from the waters around here.
Mui Wo and Silver Mine Bay Beach
The Mui Wo Valley was first settled by farmers around the middle of the Ming dynasty (16th century). By the 19th century, there were six villages in the valley, many of whose inhabitants worked in a silver mine that operated for several decades. Remnants of the mine can still be seen.
These days, the beach is popular with urbanites looking for a quiet swim.
Close to the pier and bus terminus you can check out the market and find a good selection of Chinese and international restaurants, a no-frills seaside dining arcade, and sea-gazing terraced eating places specialising in noodles, seafood and duck.
Mui Wo is an ideal launching pad to explore other parts of Lantau Island, including the famous Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery and the stilt houses of Tai O Village.
Cheung Sha Beach and Pui O Beach
When it comes to beautiful beaches, the village of Pui O can boast two contenders: Cheung Sha Beach, one of Hong Kong’s longest; and Pui O Beach. Head to either one for a cooling dip, to make some new friends, or to just chill on the sand for a few hours. There are also a few eateries nearby, so you can stick around for the sunset with a contented stomach.