The Repulse Bay Walking Tour, Hong Kong (Self Guided)

Located on the southern shore of the Hong Kong island, next to Aberdeen Harbor, the Repulse Bay is famous for its clean beach. As of recently it has been rated one of the most expensive housing areas in Hong Kong. A walking tour around the Bay will take you far from the hustle of busy districts to the relaxing and quiet spots for a good time. Below are some of the nice places to see in the Repulse Bay area.
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The Repulse Bay Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: The Repulse Bay Walking Tour
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: emma
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The Lily

1) The Lily

The Lily complex, designed by Sir Norman Foster, is considered to be one of the most striking samples of modern architecture. The building has received The International Property Award, as well as Five-Star High-rise Architecture award for Asia-Pacific. It is the first project of its kind in Hong Kong to be awarded this prestigious prizes. Each of the apartments in Lily complex offers an unforgettable panoramic ocean view. The Lily complex is one of the most desirable apartment locations in the city.
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Repulse Bay

2) Repulse Bay (must see)

The Repulse Bay is located in the southern end of Hong Kong Island. The bay area consists of a beach, and the Repulse Bay residential community, which was built on the former site of Hong Kong's famous Repulse Bay Hotel. The beach is a popular tourist destination in Hong Kong with visitors flocking its shores throughout the year.

The Repulse Bay Beach was made during the 1910s. The beach has been artificially extended and many attractions have been added over time to attract tourists. The climate of the region is temperate enough to attract visitors even in the middle of winter, as the temperature seldom drops below 15-20 degrees Celsius.

The Repulse Bay Hotel was a famous landmark in Hong Kong where many celebrities and royalty stayed. It was built in 1920 and became a favorite holiday spot for locals and tourists alike. Actor Marlon Brando and famous writers like Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw were just a few amongst many celebrities who stayed at the hotel. Spain’s Crown Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia also spent their honeymoon at the hotel. Among other royal guests here have been Prince Peter of Greece and Prince Axel of Denmark. In 1982, the Repulse Bay residential community was built at the site of the former hotel.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most astounding landscapes where, on one side, you will find skyscrapers, and on the other side, the expansive sea views with sunsets as beautiful as you can see anywhere in the world.

Tip:
Find out the bus schedule and go by bus – it will be a fun trip.
From there, you can take the coastal walk to Deep Water Bay. If you wish to go further afield, you can walk on to Aberdeen. Along the way, you will see some of the attractions at Ocean Park in the not-too-far distance.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Repulse Bay Beach

3) Repulse Bay Beach (must see)

The Repulse Bay Beach is the most famous beach in Hong Kong. It owes its name to the repulsion of Pirates by the British Army during the British occupation of the Island of Hong Kong. Its Chinese name translates to “Shallow Water Bay”. Another theory is that the HMS Repulse was stationed at the beach, and the bay was named “repulse” because of it. Repulse Bay Beach is located in the Southern District of Hong Kong. Its location was also very strategic during the Battle of Hong Kong in World War II.

The Beach has a temperate climate, and even in the months of November and December, it is balmy enough to allow sunbathing. During the summer months, the beach is packed with tourists, and usually, there is only room enough for standing.

The Repulse Bay was developed into a beach in the 1910s. During the 1920s, the Repulse Bay Hotel was built in order to attract tourists. The beach was artificially extended, and the sand that is close to the shore is different from that which is near the water. Until the 1960s, the construction of residential apartments was restricted, but Dr. P. P. Chiu and his brother constructed 3 blocks of six storey luxury apartments that overlook the bay.

Why You Should Visit:
Great for a few hours relaxing. Well-maintained beach with shingle sand at the top going down to soft sand at the water's edge. Perfect blue sea, with great views of the little islands dotted around.
Nice café and shops along the promenade; there are also a 7-eleven, play areas for kids and many public toilets and showers. Lifeguards always on duty.

Tip:
Can get crowded and make sure you pack beach mats and towels to sit on (if possible bring a beach umbrella if the sun is too hot).
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Kwun Yan Shrine

4) Kwun Yan Shrine

At the southern end of the Repulse Bay beach, a keen eye will be caught by a colorful site of the Buddhist temple, Kwun Yam Shrine. "Guarding" the shrine are two sizable statues of mercy goddesses believed to protect fishermen at sea. There are many other Chinese icons and sculptures in the shrine, making it a truly picturesque site.
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Longevity Bridge

5) Longevity Bridge

Longevity Bridge is a legendary site at the southern point of the Repulse Bay Beach. Designed as an element of the Kwun Yam Shrine complex it is set apart from the shrine itself. The Bridge is a small, yet colorful piece of architecture. The legend has it that anyone who crosses it will add 3 days to his life.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hong Kong for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hong Kong has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Hong Kong's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Hong Kong Pass, iVenture Card, or Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Hong Kong's (or even neighboring Macau's) top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows user to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Hong Kong hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hong Kong, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Hong Kong typically costs somewhere between US$50 and US$150 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Hong Kong from the open top of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to 48 hrs plus a night tour.

- No visit to Hong Kong is complete without savoring authentic Cantonese cuisine. Embark on a half-day food tour of Hong Kong for a generous dollop of delectable local treats and insight into the city's British and Chinese heritage.

- Dive into the history of Hong Kong on a historical walking tour to find out how the city came to be, what prompted the Brits to colonize it and then cede back to China, and what will become of it after 2047 when the “no change for 50 years” promise by The People's Republic of China has expired.

- Complete your sightseeing of Hong Kong in one day on a 5-hour guided tour exploring the city's top attractions from the open-top double-decker and Peak Tramway, catching a glimpse of daily life at Aberdeen Fishing Village, shopping for souvenirs, and more.

- Razzle-dazzle yourself on a night cruise over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour complete with a lavish 7-course dinner aboard the famous Jumbo Chinese-style boat restaurant. In addition to sumptuous Cantonese delicacies and unlimited drinks, you will enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city’s harbor and shimmering skyline.

- Experience first-hand the old-style shopping as it was done back in the day preceding eBay, malls and supermarkets. Embark on a market tour of Hong Kong to see the glorious local markets in action, soak up the atmosphere, and get thrilled from haggling!

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Hong Kong, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Lantau Island, Macau, or Cheung Chau Island.

For as little as circa US$140 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, find a different side of Hong Kong exploring the beauty of nature and unique traditions of its biggest island replete with pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys and soaring mountains, sail across the sea to visit the oldest European settlement in the East, and more.

For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Hong Kong, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.