Golden Beach in Tuen Mun District

Piazza and Gold Coast Hotel in the background
Piazza and Gold Coast Hotel in the background

A visit to Hong Kong is never dull as this island city is a combination of earthly and man-made pleasures accentuated by the hypnotic rhythm of the waters beating against natural and encroaching landfills.

One such tailored beach is the 545 meters long Golden Beach, the largest man made public beach in Tuen Mun, New Territories.

The golden sand imported from Hainan Island in China accessorizes Hong Kong Gold Coast Resort, a new township of pink European continental architecture set amidst the picturesque Castle Peak Bay area.

Golden Beach may not be in same popularity grade as Lantau Island's Silvermine Bay Beach, Hong Kong Islands Stanley, Shek-O, Sai Kung or Repulse Bay Beaches but it makes up with barbeque stations and family day out facilities.

Golden Beach provides an ideal setting for a game of volley ball as it is the practice locale for the Hong Kong beach volleyball team. Check out the water by dipping your feet in first as this is more of a fun beach than a swimming beach.

From the Golden Beach walk along the 480 meter long Promenade flanked by tropical flowers and trees, old residences and kiosks selling drinks and snacks and fishing folk wait patiently for their daily stack. There is a statue of three golden dolphins at the Dolphin Square and if lucky one can spot the rare pink dolphins swimming around the marina and Castle Peak Bay.

The marina and anchored yachts
The marina and anchored yachts

Amble along to the urbane Gold Coast Hotel which is fast turning into a tourist destination due to landscaped surrooundings and facilities, and from here to the palm-shaded Piazza with terraced floors lined with kiosks and convenience stores, super mart and beauty treatments.

The refreshing Mediterranean ambience is reflected in the design that includes patio, courtyard and marina and one can stand for hours on a clear day drooling over the moored yachts.

The food outlets scattered around the Piazza offer choice of Chinese, Thai, French and including the ubiquitous McDonalds.

During weekends and public holidays the Montmartre and the Art Promenade is transformed into a colorful hub of exhibits of Western and Chinese art, handicrafts, pottery, hand made jewelry and toys and puppet shows.

Sunday afternoons the Culture Square is the open stage for amateur and professional artists and performers.

Location:

The golden sands
The golden sands

Golden Beach is located in the Tuen Mun District of Hong Kong. Tuen Mun was basically a fisherman's colony and until 1970 referred to as Tsing Shan and later as Castle Peak New Town.

The new town was built on reclaimed land from Castle Peak Bay and subsequently named Tuen Mun in the early 1980s. To savor the picturesque Bay area return by bus or mini bus to Jordan, Kowloon, along the Castle Peak Road that stretches from Kowloon to Yuen Long.

The ride along the Bay offers a fantastic view of the setting sun against the Tsing Ma Bridge, the world's seventh longest suspension bridge.

This is one drive that will keep you glued to the passing scenery and housing complexes when you are not listening to the beeping speedometer. It adds to the excitement and one hopes the bus driver is an expert of Hong Kong roads.

Attractions:

Gold Coast Resort housing complex
Gold Coast Resort housing complex

Other attractions of Tuen Mun are

* The Red House built during 1885 to 1890,

* The Lingnan University,

* Reptile House located in Tuen Mun Park and

* The Tuen Mun Town Plaza.

Dragon Boat Racing is held every year during the Tuen Ng Festival which is on the fifth day of the fifth Lunar Month at Castle Peak Bay.

 

How to Get There:

There are direct bus services from

1. Bus No. 962 from Causeway Bay, WanChai, Admiralty, Central, Shueng Wan and Western Harbor Tunnel.

2. KMB Route 53 from Tsuen Wan Nina Tower Bus Terminus near Tsuen Wan MTR Station.

3. K51 from Tuen Mun MTR Station.

4. 53, 61M, 52X from Castle Peak Road in Tuen Mun Town Center.

5. 52X from MTR Mei Foo Station Exit A.

6. Private transport and taxis.

 

About the author:

Indra is a freelance travel writer based in Hong Kong. She arrived there in 2008 and since then has been on a discovery trip. There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong and within budget.

This article and images are copyright of Indra Chopra.

This article is copyright of the author and cannot be copied or re-used without their permission.

 

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Date Created: 14-Jan-2010

Last Updated: 18-Nov-2012

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