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Repulse Bay is a spectacular bay located at the most southern part of Hong Kong Island. Neighboring the Victoria peak, the crescent bay is renowned as” the most beautiful bay of the world” or “Oriental Hawaii”. It is the most typical bay in Hong Kong.
The name of the bay was allegedly originated from a story: In 1841, the bay was used as a base by pirates and caused serious concern to foreign merchant ships trading with China. The pirates were subsequently repulsed by a British fleet; Hence the name.
Repulse Bay has long established its fame. The famous novel Love in a Fallen City written by Chinese famous novelist Eileen Chang was set in the Repulse Bay Hotel, which has been reconstructed as a building named” the repulse bay”. The front part of the building has intended to mimic the lost colonial architecture; the back part of the building has been built as a boutique shopping mall and apartments.
Repulse Bay is famous for its gentle slope, long and soft beaches, calm and clean waters. Plus an all-year-long pleasant water temperature between 16 centigrade (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and 27 centigrade (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit), It is the most popular bay both for locals and visitors.
Summer is the most active season for Repulse Bay. Visitors from all over the world swarm towards the beaches, various colors of the swimming suits jigsaw a colorful picture. Even in winter, swim fans can still be seen scatter along the beaches.
The stunning views of Repulse Bay also have attracted many wealthy and powerful people nestling their luxury villas here, including the famous billionaire Li Ka-shing and the legendary ship lord Bao Yugang. The repulse bay area is allegedly the most expensive housing area in Hong Kong. These well-designed villas lying along the hill slope next to the bay constructs a unique scenery line, indulging the visitors in pleasures and lingering their returning paces.
There are also many restaurants, chain stores and supermarkets around the bay to convenient visitors. Teahouses by the bay are the best places to enjoy the splendid sunset and the low sounds of the water lapping the shores.
At the east end of the bay, there is a garden full of religious color. It is named Zhenhai Tower Park because of the Zhenhai Tower in it. The tower is a typical Chinese architecture decorated with dancing dragons hovering above the roofs. Within the Park, two giant statues, Goddess of the Sea and Goddess of Mercy, stand right facing the sea. Besides these two giant statues, there are several other religious figures standing by, including the dragon king, hebo (the god of rivers), Maitreya Buddha and the four gods who are in charge of good fortune, ample salary, longevity and happy life. Traditionally, people come here to pray for the safety of the fishermen and the swimmers.
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