Spring has sprung! Beaches, reopened! It’s not an April Fool’s sentiment to say things are on the up and up here in Hong Kong this month…
No matter your intentions — a simple, sun-drenched day with toes dug into white sand, or an adventure-packed day of surfing and wake-boarding and stand-up paddle-boarding — there is a myriad of beaches in Hong Kong to choose from; here’s a short list.
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The highlight: A relatively easy-to-get-to spot with essential facilities, a nearby mall ‘The Pulse’ and a whole swathe of beachside eateries. Limewood, Sip Song and Amalfitana — now open in Central, too! — are favourites.
How to get there: Exit from the Ocean Park MTR station and hop on a 40, 40x or 52 minibus.
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The highlight: Little sister to the nearby Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay Beach is — as its name suggests — the beach to patronise if surfing is on the agenda. Not to be confused with Sai Kung’s Tai Long Wan (also, translated to ‘Big Wave Bay’ in Cantonese).
How to get there: From Shau Kei Wan MTR station, exit at A2 and catch the 9 bus straight to Big Wave Bay Beach.
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The highlight: The longest stretch of sandy terrain in Hong Kong lies at Cheung Sha Beach, segmented into upper and lower sections. Stop by Coffee Bay Roastery at Lower Cheung Sha Beach for a cuppa on your way to renting paddle-boats and beach umbrellas. The Upper Cheung Sha Beach, alternatively, has less foot traffic which makes for a more peaceful day out.
How to get there: From Hong Kong station, take the train to Tung Chung. There, hop on bus 11 to Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen, from which the beach is a short 5-minute walk from.
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The highlight: Clear Water Bay is separated into First and Second Beaches; the former smaller with less foot traffic, but both is accessible via a short 15-minute walk. If the mood strikes for a scenic hike, the beaches are conveniently seated at the edge of Clear Water Bay Park.
How to get there: From Tseung Kwan O MTR station’s Exit B1, catch the 103M bus straight to Clear Water Bay Beach.
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The highlight: Choose between four beaches in this Sai Kung-located bay: Sai Wan Beach, Ham Tin Beach, Tai Wan Beach and Tung Wan Beach; or, choose them all, as the four beaches are connected via marked, easily traversable walkways.
How to get there: Find the best route possible from your location to Sai Kung Town. From there, Tai Long Wang is a speedboat ride away from Sai Kung Pier to Sai Wan or Ham Tin Wan. Otherwise, the hike from Sai Wan Pavilion to the beaches are 2.5 km long and takes around 45 minutes to complete.
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The highlight: You might catch remnants of a gold-medalled Olympic cheer from the salt-laced breeze at Kwun Yam Beach, for this is the place windsurfing medalist Lee Lai-shan (colloquially, ‘Shan Shan’) cut her teeth all those years ago.
How to get there: Catch the ferry to Cheung Chau from Central’s Pier 5. Kwun Yam Beach is a 13-minute walk from the Cheung Chau ferry pier.
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The highlight: Off the beaten path, Lo Sho Shing Beach is the unlikely — but so rewarding! — choice for a beach day on Lamma Island; especially against the more popular (and, more crowded) Hung Shing Yeh beach.
How to get there: From Central Pier 4, take the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan. Lo Sho Shing Beach is a 26-minute walk from the pier.
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The highlight: A touch more secluded than the rest, Stanley’s Turtle Cove Beach is nestled amidst lush, verdant greenery. There are no amenities here aside from a lifeguard on duty and shower facilities; expect a bring-your-own-snacks kind of beach day.
How to get there: Head to the bus terminus from Chai Wan MTR Station’s Exit D. There, catch the 16A, 16M or 16X to Tai Tam Road, just outside the Red Hill Peninsula.