Urban getaway: Chung Hom Kok Beach

Sometimes it takes five years and longer to discover a really great spot – in this case, it’s a beach. Chung Hom Kok is one of the prettiest and most relaxing beaches in Hong Kong, and it is actually not too far away from our home (compared to some of the beaches around Sai Kung!).

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-7

Located at the southwest part of Hong Kong island, between Repulse Bay and Stanley, Chung Hom Kok beach is tucked away from the road – it sits at the end of a roundabout and then you’ll have to walk several steps downhill, to reach the beach.

Compared to other beaches, it is smaller but beautiful – and it is so much more quieter! Not only because it is a little more difficult to find (unless you know where the steps are), but also it is a little more difficult to get to (it is tiring to ‘schlepp’ down all your equipment for the day).

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-2

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-3

But it is really a great beach – with a stack of BBQ pits. That’s where we headed right in the beginning, on Easter Monday, with our friends. We arrived at 11am, thinking it would be crowded, but because it was a little bit cooler (just around 18 degrees) there were not many people at the beach. We probably saw around 30 people during the day.

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-1

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-4

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-5

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-6

Also the swimming season hadn’t started then (it runs from April to October), so there was no lifeguard on duty and hence that might have deterred a few people from coming.

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-8

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-9

Anyway, we headed straight for the BBQ and started to get the fire going – we had packed a big lunch of vegetables, meat and lots of snacks for the kids, plus plenty of drinks – and in between eating and drinking, we spread out a blanket on the beach to relax and watch the toddlers playing in the sand.

Next to the BBQ pits are showers, washrooms and a small kiosk (which wasn’t open yet, I guess that once the swimming season has started, it will be open too) – and the best part for the kids: there is a nice big playground just a few steps upwards from the beach.

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-10

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-11

There are two big slides, two swings, two bouncing horses and lots of balancing and climbing activities. If you bring your ping pong set you can play at the two tables, or you could even play badminton next to it (there are some markings on the floor, so you can play a real game – the only thing missing is a net).

The whole playground area is nicely done, the structure is from recent years – while the small house (to shelter from the sun or the rain) and the ping pong and badminton areas look like they have been around for a few decades already. But that does not matter, all is in good state and what is nice is that it is surrounded by greens – you feel like you are next to a jungle! So with this in mind, just be sure to bring your mosquito spray with you.

Chung Hom Kok Beach April 2016-12

Chung Hom Kok beach can be reached from Central (Exchange Square) via bus 6 to Chung Hom Kok – hop off at the roundabout, walk downhill and turn left to reach the staircase.

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14 responses to “Urban getaway: Chung Hom Kok Beach

  1. Looks great! Might go next winter and check it out! I dont like the heat and beaches in the summer are too hot for my liking. But love the beach in the winter! Pics look great!

  2. That is really a nice beach, esp. the slides etc for the kids to play on. Of course Lena is still a little too young, but when she gets older she will love this! Thank you for showing us all the nice places!

    • Lina actually loves slides – that’s the one thing she’s got the hang of. She actually throws herself down the slides, feet first on her belly – usually so quick, that I can only rush to the end of the slide to make sure she does not land on her belly in the sand!

  3. I’ve only been to this beach once but I really liked it, and it wasn’t that busy when I went either. Just a shame about all those steps!
    I think it is the 6x and not the 6 bus that goes there? Also, I have just discovered the no 40 minibus which goes from the side of forever 21 in causeway bay all the way to Stanley (past Chung Hom Kok) and it’s super fast!

    • Thanks Rachel, I think the 6 is fine too – it just stops a little further up at Chung Hom Kok Road / Stanley Gap Road, so you have to walk downhill. But you are right, minibus 40 is really fast and would be a good option too!

    • How annoying, I hate sand flies. I usually only get bitten when I am in Discovery Bay, and they always tell me that’s because the sand has been shipped from Australia and hasn’t been cleaned properly. Not sure if that’s true or not, and whether that would mean the sand at Chung Hom Kok beach is also from somewhere else – I don’t know. So far I’ve only been lucky that I didn’t get any sand fly bites this year, but maybe it is too early in the season! But thanks for the warning, YTSL.

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