Guide to visiting Repulse Bay | Hong Kong Pass

If you’ve seen your fair share of skyscrapers, Repulse Bay is the place to go. Dip your toes in the South China Sea, relax on one of Hong Kong's most popular beaches and enjoy a sundowner with our guide.

Known for its dense urban environments, Hong Kong also has a more natural side and that’s best seen at the laid back Repulse Bay. So if you’re looking to experience a different side of HK, read on and plan your next visit to Repulse Bay.

Repulse Bay: A history

One of the most expensive residential areas, Repulse Bay is an amazing part of southern Hong Kong that shows off both the beautiful beach as well as colonial architecture from the 1920s.

The area boasts a plethora of luxury restaurants, shops and hotels as it sits on the edge of the water, making it a hotspot for tourists and locals alike to shop, eat or even go for a picturesque walk.

Originally developed into a beach in the 1920s, the Repulse Bay Hotel was built soon after and would play host to a variety of royalty and celebrities seeking shelter including Marlon Brando and Spain’s Crown Prince Juan Carlos. Alas this was turned into a shopping mall in 1982. To draw swimmers and beach lovers to the newly formed paradise, a bus route from the centre of town was set up to ferry people. Still being used today, the route is one of the city’s oldest and most trusted bus routes - plus has one of the best views on its approach from the city into the bay. 

Repulse Bay also played its part in World War 2 when it was used a defensive position by the British and Commonwealth forces in the Fall of Hong Kong. On the same morning of the Pearl Harbour attacks, the Japanese declared war on the British and attacked the city. Despite holding out for two weeks, the city raised the white flag as the Imperial Japanese Army occupied the city. The city was held by Japan until they surrendered in 1945.

Repulse Bay: The Beach

It has to be said that Repulse Bay’s most notable attraction is the beach itself. Nestled on the water with its curving shape and beautiful sands, the beach is a great getaway if you fancy doing something different in Hong Kong for the day.

The beach also plays host to a ton of events as well as some lovely places to eat and drink. One particular highlight is Limewood, a cool place to get some Southeast Asian barbecue, whether that’s meat or seafood, as well as a host of dishes from as far as Hawaii and the Caribbean. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, the restaurant’s cocktail menu is a must

Repulse Bay: What to do

High Tea
If you’re looking to enjoy the mixed culture of Hong Kong head to The Verandah where you can enjoy high tea in the buildings stunning architecture. A firm favourite for many, The Verandah also has a delicious Sunday Brunch menu but be warned, there is a dress code of smart casual which means no sleeveless shirts for men. Do note though that The Verandah is closed on Mondays and Tuesday so be sure to plan your visit From Wednesday to Sunday.

Shopping
If you’re looking to get your retail fix you can also swing by The Pulse which is a huge six storey building filled with everything you could possibly need, from art galleries to hair salons and pet grooming facilities. All of that right on the beach and in one handy building.

However, you may fancy something a little more lowkey in which case the Stanley Market just down the road may be right up your street. The market not only stocks curios but also arts and crafts with paintings and sculptures high on customers lists. Situated in Stanley, this is the place where British and Canadian forces made their valiant last stand before surrendering to imperial Japanese troops during the Second World War.

Culture
As you wander down the length of the bay and approach the Southern end of Repulse, you'll come across the beach's Tin Hau Temple. Dedicated to the protection of fishermen and coastal populations, Tin Hau Temples can be found across the territory, thanks to Hong Kong's fishing history, this particular temple however is well worth a visit due to its location and beautiful artwork. Admire the huge and impressive mosaic statues of gods, goddesses and mythical creatures and be sure to cross the Longevity Bridge while you're there - it's believed that your life will be prolonged by three more days each time you cross over the bridge. 

Repulse Bay: How to get there

If you want to head to Repulse Bay by public transport you’ll be happy to know that the popular destination has a few buses that reach it. From Exchange Square bus terminus you can take your pick from Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 making sure to get off at Repulse Bay Beach.

Alternatively, you can grab a cab but be sure that your fare will start at $24 and rise every 200 metres, so unless you don’t mind spending a bit more we would recommend the bus.

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