Nov 06, 2017

Coastline: Hong Kong Beaches

Hong Kong boasts of a 350 kilometre long coastline. It is a ‘ria’ coastline, partially submerged and highly irregular in shape. Hong Kong’s geographical background, with super volcanoes erupting millions of years ago has given the country an interesting topography.

The two main types of coastal settings that can be spotted on the beaches of Hong Kong are erosional, formed due to erosion, and depositional, formed due to sediment accumulation. The erosional settings include caves, stacks, arches, sea cliffs and headlands. The depositional settings on the other hand are listed as tidal flats, beaches, fan deltas and valley deltas.

 

Hong Kong beaches

Hong Kong has a lot to offer when it comes to beaches. Hong Kong is mainly divided into three broad regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Island and The New Territories.

Some of the most popular beaches fall on Lantau (meaning Rotten Head) which falls under the New Territories and outlaying islands region. It is the largest island, not just in the New Territories, but in all of Hong Kong. In fact, it is almost double the size of Hong Kong island!

Tian Tan Buddha or The Big Buddha, a 34 metre tall bronze Buddha statue, crowns the hills of Lantau.

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Lantau offers an inexhaustible array of beach life experiences, no matter what you’re looking for. Lantau is also home to the famous pink dolphins of Hong Kong, where regular tours run to spot the dolphins in their natural habitat.

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Silvermine Beach

The Silvermine Beach falls in the Mui Wo area, also known as the Silvermine Bay, so called because of an actual silver mine that existed in the area around the nineteenth century. Remains of this mine and watchtowers that residents built to prevent attacks from pirates still exist in the area.

The Silvermine Beach falls at the foot of Lantau Hills and is the easiest to reach from the ferry port of Mui Wo. The beach has scenic views of the hills and a decently sandy coastline with pebbly patches, making it ideal for playing volleyball, having a lazy stroll down by the waters or indulging in a friendly kite flying challenge!

The area is also bustling with waterfalls, of which the eponymous Silvermine waterfalls are the most easily accessible. The surrounding hills in this charming coastal area also provide a perfect opportunity to hike, on trails overlooking the beach. You can enjoy the scenic hike from Mui Wo to Discovery Bay.

 

Discovery Bay

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Discovery Bay, which lies on the northeastern coast of Lantau, is a privately owned residential development. People from many different nationalities have chosen this area to make their home. Discovery Bay has an impressive 400 m long beach which also features a golf club and a marina. It is also home to the very popular Dragon boat races, which are held in the months of May and June.

The beaches in the area (which include Tai Pak Beach, an artificial beach lined with trees) are fully equipped for beach and water sports like swimming, volleyball, cricket, rugby, and more. The shoreline also provides magnificent views of the fireworks from Disneyland, Hong Kong. Apart from Dragon Boat races, Easter egg hunts are also celebrated in a big way at Discovery Bay.

 

Cheung Sha Beaches

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The beaches falling in the Cheung Sha region, or the Cheung Sha Beaches, lie on the southern coast of Lantau Island. There are two major Cheung Sha beaches: the Upper Beach and the Lower Beach. These beaches boast of the longest stretches of sand in all of Lantau Island, thus earning the name Cheung Sha, Cantonese for Long Island.

The Upper Beach experiences high volume of winds and is therefore considered one of the best places for windsurfing in Hong Kong. Apart from windsurfing, the beaches provide opportunities for sports like sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, wakeboarding and skimboarding.

High peaks adorn the area, resulting in breathtaking scenery. A slightly wilder version of these beaches can also be found in the region: Tong Fuk, which has a rocky shore and wild sand. Tong Fuk lies a little beyond Cheung Sha’s Lower Beach.

The Cheung Sha beaches, thanks to the hilly topography of the region, also provide great hiking opportunities. One of the most popular trails of Hong Kong, the Lantau trail can also be followed from these beaches for a day of hiking or walking.

 

A few more Beaches

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Hong Kong has an abundance of beach experiences to offer even if you move away from Lantau Island:

​Clearwater Bay: This is a bay lying in the New Territories region of Hong Kong. This beach provides relatively unspoilt beqch experience with hills and peaks.

 

Big Wave Beach: This beach is located in the south-eastern part of Hong Kong island, near Shek O village. This beach is often visited for surfing or windsurfing.

 

Turtle Cove Beach: This beach is a little hard to find but totally worth the effort! This quaint beach is situated on Hong Kong island and remains mostly crowd-free.

 

Po Toi: Hong Kong’s southernmost group of islands are described as a ‘self-contained-world’. The Po Toi beaches boast crystal clear water and brilliant hiking trails.

 

Join Mozaic Club to enjoy some of the most beautiful and thrilling beach experiences with fellow members in Hong Kong. 

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