A Day at the Beach in China.

Paul Chong                                      Tuesday, 31 January 2017

1 2 3China is BIG & I mean BIG. No less than 1.35 billion Chinese out of the world’s total population of 7 billion (2011) live in China. Each of its 23 provinces is like the size of any other country globally.
Can you then conceive in your mind what the crowd would be in the field of leisure & pleasure?

4 5There’s always something to be said about a country’s population . . .
Just look at the above pictures & below, then don’t ever complain about crowded beaches anymore!

6 7In China, they’ll need a GPS to find their umbrella or to locate the toilet!
When you miss or lose a loved one there at the beach, would you be able to locate him or her?

Can you see that pretty girl waving to you?

The mind boggles.

Where do they park their cars?
Do they have any lifeguards?
How the hell do you get a tan?
Just imagine what it would be like if everyone in the water peed?
Maybe that is how the Yellow River got its name!

Can you imagine our own famous Bondi Beach in Sydney?

bondi-beach-sydneyBondi Beach, Sydney
Surely it can’t be compared – two different levels of playing field.
Even though I am not much of a beach goer, I prefer Bondi.



Repulse Bay – Hong Kong, China

Repulse Bay, wide crescent-shaped beach, popular among locals and tourists alike, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong.

Amidst the tranquility of The Repulse Bay, you are only 15 minutes from Hong Kong’s commercial hub, Central.

It is an artificial strip of sand on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Shark nets and floating platforms have been added as public safety for swimmers.

Visitors to the beach would notice the fascinating feature of a tall 37-story residential apartment block specially constructed with a square “hole” or empty space in the midst of it. This may seem to be such a waste of valuable residential space.

This is essential to the needs of a nearby legendary dragon. Legend has it that a dragon lives at the top of the mountain, and a “feng shui” master warned that the building would block the dragon’s access to the shore. Hence, a large hole was cut out of the tower’s centre to mollify the dragon and avoid a whole lot of bad luck.

Hongkees are great believers in “feng shui”. They would go to great length to accommodate the requirements of siting, orientation & the balance of the natural forces of “yin” and “yang” to secure the optimum fortune.

Repulse Bay Beach is also famous for the elaborate statues of Chinese sea goddesses at the Kwun Yam Shrine. Throw a coin into the mouth of the fish statue and receive good fortune; cross the gaudy Longevity Bridge and add three days to your life!

Source: HK Tourism Board: Kwun Yam Shrine

Such are the thrills & frills, apart from the sun, sea and sand . . . an ideal place for relaxation & sunbathing. It’s a delightful & popular place for the family outing though the name may sound “repulsive”. The name is derived from the past to remind the locals of the British army‘s victory over the haunting pirates in the old days.

Repulse Bay is quite a premium residential precinct among the top executives.