The famous Repulse Bay Apartments, a glorious beach that is always empty and the legendary lifeguards clubhouse
I can't help but think that this hole was a very successful marketing ploy by the property developer to attract rich Chinese folk to buy these ludicrously expensive apartments, my famous Yorkshire intellect leads me to believe that if having a hole was great Feng Shui then perhaps the majority of buildings in Hong Kong would have a hole! (they don't)
I am lucky enough to witness quite a few sunsets at Repulse Bay... WOW!
One of the finest places to be on a hot sunny day in Hong Kong, it is simply stunning and yet for about the past 18 months the beach has been curiously deserted even on the best of sunny summer days.
In a nutshell, the beach has become a stop for the Mainland Chinese Orientated Coach Tours, 7 days a week tour coaches disgorge 25 - 50 tourists at a time who do the following
- walk onto the beach en masse and take photo's of anyone sunbathing
- or any Westerner (they love blonde, blue eyed kids)
- take off their socks and shoes and go for a paddle in the South China Sea
- stare in wonderment at the beach and the ocean
- take a gazillion more photo's
- walk of the beach, use the facilities and get back on the coach and leave
The whole process takes about 25 minutes or so.
So sunbathers have simply stopped going to Repulse Bay to avoid the literally thousands of Mainland Chinese tourists.
It is a real shame and I doubt the masses will stop going to the beach anytime soon.. oddly enough most of the Western Orientated Coach Tours do NOT stop at Repulse Bay but simply drive though which boggles the mind considering how scenic the place is.
A couple of sunbathers and 100 Mainland Chinese tourists.... oh, and note the blue sky - amazing
The young ladies are local and had quite a bit of fun, this is how it should be on the beach.
Once you have finished with the beach head towards the Lifeguards Clubhouse (head east or follow the signs) there are some pretty amazing statues on display which are worthy of a rub.
In a nutshell the official story of Repulse Bay, can't say I have ever seen blue sparkling waters mind, a murky green is as good as it gets.
Guidebooks NEVER do this place justice, bizarre does not do this place justice, you simply must visit although it would appear that no self respecting local person visits this place. You must rub the God of Wealth just near the gate at the entrance to the place
Do what everyone else does and try and toss coins into the fish of prosperity and here is a tip, it is not as easy as it looks. One does these silly (but essential) rituals for luck.
The bridge of longevity - walk across it once (and once only) and 3 days are added to your life, I know, it is all a bit silly but I am approaching immortal status.
I love the fancy white house, if someone paid the rent I could certainly slum it there for 2 to 3 years.
The Lily.... a rather distinctive building and home to top executives, rents for even small apartments are beyond outrageous and the ones at the top are rumoured to rent for HK$375,000 per month. Many of the apartments are serviced apartments and again I could summer here for 2 months as long as someone else picked up the tab.
In my experience the blue sky at Repulse Bay has an amazing hue particularly during summer and just another reason to visit this wonderful place.