Repulse Bay in Hong Kong
Repulse Bay Facts
Repulse Bay, located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, is the most spectacular bay in the region. Its name comes from a 19th century battle in which the British army repulsed attacking pirates. Today, the place is a luxurious residential area for dining, relaxation, and aquatic activities.
Chinese Name: 浅水湾
Type: Public beach
Address: located in the Southern District, Hong Kong.
Best Seasons: All year round
Recommended Visiting Hours: about 2-3 hours
Opening Hours: All day
Why is Repulse Bay so Special?
Repulse Bay Hong Kong is distinguished as one of Hong Kong‘s longest public beaches at about 500 meters. It is quite clean and with good life guard surveillance and bathrooms. It is in front of one of Hong Kong’s richest residential and shopping areas. So it is likely that if you go there, you might be with millionaires. The beach and stores are busy in summer and not busy in winter.
Where is Repulse Bay?
- Length of shoreline: About 1.3 kilometers stretch
- Beach area: about 500 meters long by 80 meters wide
It is big public beach with good facilities and shoreline restaurants and shops in a luxurious, expensive residential area. It is one of the 40 public beaches of Hong Kong.
History of Repulse Bay
The origins of the bay’s English name have become extremely obscure. There are, however, many stories — none resting on any solid evidence that has so far been established. A typical example is that 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 Royal Navy, hence the name. There is no evidence of any such origin in the extensive British naval log books of the period. Another story holds that the bay was named after HMS Repulse which was stationed at the bay at one point. No HMS Repulse ever visited Hong Kong, let alone Repulse Bay and the 1868 Repulse served only on the west coast of the Americas (1872–77) and thereafter in British waters.
Main Attractions of The Repulse Bay
The beach stretches long with clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore. Its sand is golden and soft. With water temperatures ranging from 16°C (60.8°F) to 26°C (80.6°F) year round, it is a mecca for locals and visitors alike to escape the heat.
Swimming is obviously popular and the Repulse Bay is outfitted for safety with shark prevention nets and floating platforms. During the summer, lifeguards are on duty.
Besides aquatic activities, there are extensive facilities for visitors in Repulse Bay. Barbecue racks are available under the shade near the beach. In addition, the area is dotted with hotels, supermarkets, and cafes. A lighthouse near the beach is a popular place to take photos. Watching the sunset is another popular pastime for visitors. The Zhenhai Tower Park, built in the traditional Chinese style, is located near the beach. Huge statues of the Queen of Heaven and the God of Mercy (Kwan-yin) sit in front of the park.
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How to Get to Repulse Bay
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You can take the Island Line or Tsuen Wan Line to Central Station first and then go out of the station to the Exchange Plaza through the Exit A. There are buses running at the Exchange Square, including Buses No.6, 6A, 6X, 66 and 260. As the bus driver doesn’t give you change, you’d better prepare some small money before getting on the bus.
Useful Travel Tips
- Where to Stay in Hong Kong
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- Taxi is one of the most popular ways to and from the Hong Kong International Airport. It is fast, comfortable and offers point-to-point travel. The taxi rank is located outside the Arrival Hall on the left side. Follow the direction signs. The estimated fare is HK$220-230 plus HK$5 for each piece of luggage stored inside the baggage compartment, and each piece of luggage with total dimensions (length + width + height) exceeding 140cm stored inside the cabin. The journey time is about 30-40 minutes. The fare and time depend on traffic conditions. Hong Kong taxi drivers know all the major hotels, but it is a good idea to note the address of your hotel or destination point on a piece of paper.
- Also, visitors to Hong Kong may take the Airport Express train. The journey to Kowloon station costs HK$90 and takes 21 minutes. The trains run every 10 minutes from 5:50am to 1:15am daily. There are discounts up to 40% for those who travel in a group or family. HK$140 for a group of 2, HK$190 for a group of 3 and HK$220 for a group of 4. Then take a taxi or Free Airport Express Shuttle Bus to your hotel or destination point.