Repulse Bay – nature, architecture and culture

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Repulse Bay – where and what

Repulse Bay is a bay of Hong Kong, located in south of Hong Kong Island near Deep Water Bay, Middle Bay and South Bay. Repulse Bay Hong Kong a well-known swimming beach and is a famous tourist attraction. Though it is one of the most expensive housing areas in the city, you can enjoy beautiful natural sceneries, colonial and modern architecture, visit shopping malls and Mosaic Chinese statues.

Repulse Bay Hong Kong – Chinese vs English

Repulse Bay is called “Shallow Water Bay” in Chinese. Regarding the origins of its English name, there are many stories. It might be named after the HMS Repulse of the Royal Navy, which was stationed at the bay at some point in the 1840s.

Repulse Bay Hotel and The Pulse

Repulse Bay was developed into a beach and was extended artificially in the 1910s. The Repulse Bay Hotel was built in the 1920s with rich colonial architectural features. The Repulse Bay Hotel was demolished and reconstructed in 1980s. The Repulse Bay (the building with a hole), which composed of apartments, clubs and a shopping mall was built on part of the old hotel site. It is worth to note that Author Eileen Chang’s novel, “Love in a Fallen City” is set at the Repulse Bay Hotel, resulting that the famous terrace restaurant, Verandah Repulse Bay, has been retained to continue to provide luxury meals and afternoon tea.

In addition, there are some new developments in the 2010s. Opened in 2014, The Pulse claimed to be Hong Kong’s first shopping malls on the beachside. It is a dog friendly venue. There is another eye catching building, the Lily. This building with rental units was designed by a renowned British architect, Norman Foster, and was opened in 2010.

Repulse Bay Beach and the Kwun Yam Shrine

Repulse Bay Beach is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department which provides dressing rooms, shower facilities and with lifeguards on duty. Additionally, there are rafts, beach volleyball court, snack kiosk and barbecue areas.

At the far end of the beach is the Kwun Yam Shrine, a garden built in classical Chinese style in the mid-1970s. There you can see the Statues of Kwun Yam and Tin Hau of over 10 meters high. What a contrast to the above mentioned sceneries and buildings! So, it is worth a visit!

repulse bay hong kong kwun yam shrine

Come and experience the real Hong Kong in this all-in-one attraction. You can experience the nature (Repulse Bay Beach) with some modern elements (The Pulse and The Repulse Bay etc.), as well as buildings in Western (Verandah Repulse Bay) and Chinese styles (Kwun Yam Shrine).

How to go to Repulse Bay Beach Hong Kong?
  • Repulse Bay bus from Central – No. 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D.)
  • Repulse Bay bus from Tsim Sha Tsui – No. 973 from Canton Road outside Silvercord Centre (near MTR Tsim Sha Tsui , Exit A1)
  • By minibus from Causeway Bay – No. 40 (24 hours services) from Tang Lung Street (near MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit B)

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