Beat the summertime Hong Kong heat with quick escapes to its numerous beaches. Here are four of the coolest options
Cheung Sha Wan
Cheung Sha Wan is located on the southern coast of Lantau Island. Dotted with hamlets, much of the island is protected as a country park. The two-kilometer beach is popular with families, thanks to gentle waves, lifeguards and beachfront restaurants — Bathers beach club is its newest opening. Reach Cheung Sha Wan by ferry to Mui Wo, and then connect by bus.
Kwun Yam Wan
One of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets, “Windsurf Beach”, on Cheung Chau island, comes alive in the summer. The crescent-shaped bay is especially popular with windsurfers (including Lee Lai-shan, Hong Kong’s only Olympic gold medalist), who go there to catch the steady breeze that blows up from the south-west. Kwun Yam Wan can be accessed by ferry.
People looking to follow the trail of local sunseekers may find themselves at Shek O. The beach tends to be crowded in the height of summer, but at all other times of the year, visitors will have umbrella hawkers, dai pai dong (open-air food stalls) and barbecue pits all to themselves. Catch the number nine bus from Shau Kei Wan.
Tai Long Wan
To go off the beaten path, head for Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung, in the city’s north-east. Home to the best surf breaks in Hong Kong, it’s popular with surfers and campers. Kiosks open during the day to serve snacks and rent surfboards. The beach’s remote location ensures low traffic too. Tip: charter a junk to get the most out of a visit to the beach and bay area.