Repulse Bay

Lonely Planet review

A posh beach suburb, Repulse Bay is Hong Kong’s most famous beach and home to some of its richest residents. The hills around the beach are strewn with luxury apartment blocks, and more are on their way.

The long beach with tawny sand at Repulse Bay is visited by Chinese tourist groups year-round and, needless to say, packed on weekends in summer. It’s a good place if you like people-watching. The beach has showers and changing rooms and shade trees at the roadside, but the water is pretty murky.

Towards the southeast end of Repulse Bay beach is Kwun Yam Shrine (觀音廟), an unusual shrine to Kwun Yam. The surrounding area has an amazing assembly of deities and figures – goldfish, rams, the money god and other southern Chinese icons, as well as statues of Tin Hau. Most of the statues were funded by local personalities and businesspeople during the 1970s. In front of the shrine to the left as you face the sea is Longevity Bridge (長壽橋); crossing it is supposed to add three days to your life.

Middle Bay and South Bay , about 10 and 30 minutes to the south respectively, have beaches that are usually much less crowded.