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Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most international cities, is often seen as a busy metropolis where glittering skyscrapers and colossal shopping malls dominate the scene…

An article about “The pristine beaches of Hong Kong”, therefore, sounds more like an April’s fool joke than anything else, but, believe it or not, picturesque beaches do exist in Hong Kong, and they are certainly worth a visit.

This article will take you to seven of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches

1) Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay

These two neighboring beaches stretch along the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, between Aberdeen and Stanley, not far from Ocean Park.

Repulse Bay, the more popular among the two, features a lovely sandy strip and a forested mountains backdrop. The well-heeled suburb on the slopes above the beach somewhat resembles Monte Carlo or one of Sydney’s well-to-do neighborhoods, and other than the usual array of beach services, there are some fabulous ‘alfresco’ cafes and restaurants.

Adjoining Deep Water Bay is less popular than its neighbor and makes, therefore, a good choice for those who want a bit more privacy…
The beach is just as good (including the facilities), and so is the picturesque scenery.

2) Stanley

The village-town of Stanley is mostly famous for its cliche-market and beautiful seaside promenade, but Stanley also boasts two beautiful beaches worth knowing about, namely: “Stanley Main Beach” on the eastern side of the peninsula, where you can enjoy the long sandy strip and good swimming conditions, as well as a properly equipped water sports centre… and St. Stephen’s Beach, south of Stanley Village, which is somewhat more pristine and boasts fine sand, clear water and lovely beach walks…

3) Shek O Village

Occupying one of the remotest and most picturesque corners on Hong Kong Island, Shek O makes a really great day out for those of you who have more than just a couple of days to spend in Hong Kong.

The name Shek O actually means “Rocky Bay” and indeed, the village sits along a lovely rocky bay, with two sandy strips, north and south of the headland.
Other than basking in the sun, you can enjoy some lovely restaurants and cafes, and a nice nature walk to the rocky islet of Tai Tau Chau which is almost like a peninsula, connected to the village by bridge.

4) Big Wave Bay (“Tai Long Wan”)

Big Wave Bay, just a short drive from Shek O, is probably the only beach on Hong Kong Island where you can actually ‘ride the waves’.
It boasts a sandy strip, backdropped by impressive forest-clad hills, and there are also some ancient rock-carvings around.

5) Clear Water Bay

Clear Water Bay, on the southeastern side of the New Territories, is nestled along the coastline of one of Hong Kong most pictorial coves, surrounded by steep forest-clad mountains and island-dotted bays.

There are actually two beaches in Clear Water Bay. No 2 seems to be slightly better.

6) Wong Shek

Nestled on a Fjord-looking inlet, in the hub of Sai Kung Country Park, Wong Shek doesn’t have the most impressive sandy strip, but the scene is certainly impressive, and there are quite a few different water sports you can try.

It takes a bit of time to get here, but if you are not under time-pressure, do yourself a favor and go there (combine it with other sites around Sai Kung Peninsula).

7) Hoi Ha Village

At the end of the road that crosses Sai Kung Country Park lies the village of Hoi Ha (It feels like it’s at the end of the world, but in reality it is not that far from the city Centre). This is the entry point to Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park: one of the best places in Hong Kong for snorkeling and diving.
Just like Wong Shek, there is not so much in the way of sandy beaches here, but the marine life and the gorgeous sceneries more than make up for it.

A local boat-tours operator, Sea Land Boats Centre, takes passengers on a two-hour cruise of the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. Other than enjoying the breathtaking coral communities, you will also be able to appreciate some splendid views of Sai Kung Peninsula’s wild countryside.

And here is one important tip before signing off on this article: Try to avoid the beach on weekends and public holidays, unless you want to be crammed like a sardine in a tin-can.

About Author: Roni Shwartz is a certified travel consultant and an expert to the cities of Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. He writes for http://www.metropolasia.com/ – The ultimate online-guide for travel, dining and lifestyle in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. To know more about Hong Kong, including suggested itineraries for do-it-yourself trips, recommended restaurants and nightspots, shopping tips and hotel recommendations, visit the Hong Kong Travel Guide at Metropolasia.com.

Article Source: Hong Kong – Beautiful Beaches Right Next to a Busy Metropolis

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