So, I don’t like beaches.
I don’t like the sun, the sea and the stupid salty air. I don’t get the appeal of it. Do I sound like a snob? It’s just that I’m a born and bred city girl and I prefer to stick to the metropolitan area. In fact, my dislike of the beach extends to nature in general. I just don’t enjoy the outdoors at all. *gasp*
With that being said, you can guess my shock when I visited Sandy Bay… and actually liked it.
Sandy Bay was actually my Instagram husband’s discovery. He stumbled across the area one day and sent a picture to me. It was beautiful – blue skies, clear waters, gorgeous sunset, you know the lot. It even made me, a nature-hater, decide to give it a visit.
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Located in Pok Fu Lam at the south of Mount Davis in Hong Kong Island, Sandy Bay is not somewhere I frequent regularly. The only times I’d passed by was when I visited Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital for its annual open days. Asides from the hospital, the area is also home to various facilities such as Kennedy School, West Island School and the Chinese Christian Cemetery.
While there is no direct MTR access there, Sandy Bay is still convenient to get to, being just a short minibus ride away from city centre.
Boy, when I got to Sandy Bay, it blew my expectations. It was my perfect beach. Which begs the question of this blog post: what exactly should a beach hater look for when being forced to go to a beach?
1. No sand
The name Sandy Bay itself is misleading because guess what, Sandy Bay has no sand! It’s not your traditional strip of sandcastles and water forts. It is, what do you call it? A shingle beach. A landform filled with gravel, pebbles and cobblestones instead of sand. This is the most important thing that a beach hater should look for when choosing a beach. Rejoice, because there’s no need to wash your feet (and the rest of your body) after trudging along the seashore anymore!
2. No salt
You know what else I hate about beaches? The salty air. It smells like fish and it tangles up my hair. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Sandy Bay has no salt in the air – after all, it is located next to the sea – but I definitely did not feel any stickiness! Sandy Bay’s atmosphere is humid, but that’s a given, and the wetness actually isn’t much worse than it is in the rest of Hong Kong.
3. Close to civilisation
The most important thing that makes Sandy Bay such a stellar beach for city dwellers like me is that it’s close to civilisation. The photos make it look like I hiked all the way out to a rocky bay when in reality, Sandy Bay is just a short minibus ride away from MTR Kennedy Town Station. What’s more, it isn’t crowded with Instagrammers like it is at Instagram Pier (yes, that is an actual location in Hong Kong), so it feels secretive and secluded. I just really hope you pesky photographers don’t show the beach off all around social media after reading this post!
This concludes my guide to Sandy Bay. Do you love or hate beaches? Let me know in the comments! And since I love the few regular readers I have, I courteously extend my invitations to you to visit. Just make sure to keep this rocky shore a secret from the hardcore Instagrammers! 😉
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