Exploring Southern HK: Ap Lei Chau, Repulse Bay & Aberdeen

Last night, Andrea and I had a lovely girls night like old times. We watched The Vow at UA Cinemas Mongkok, and headed to Red Mister Wan Chai for all nighter karaoke. We literally sang til we dropped.

We finally arrived at Andrea’s at 5am, and I decided the stay the night. I knocked out completely as Andrea finished packing and headed to Hong Kong International Airport for her flight to attend her UPenn undergraduate graduation.

Today, Vincent, K & I headed out to explore the Southern parts of Hong Kong. After a linner at Central’s Hakata Ippudo for some delicious ramen, we were off to Exchange Square. We took a windy bus to Ap Lei Chau, hopped on a free Horizon Plaza shuttle, and found ourselves staring up at 28 stores of concrete wonderland, otherwise known as Hong Kong’s best outlets. I had blast in the Joyce Warehouse on the 21st floor, but since we came pretty late it was soon closing time for all of the outlets. We had a bit of trouble finding our way down to the confusing elevators – some only go odd floors, some only go even, and the warehouse elevator we took brought us to the loading dock. The view from the dock was beautiful. The sun was setting, a dark blue cloud loomed over head, the waters below glistened softly.

New Facets of the City

Sunset, Crossing to Ap Lei Chau, one of the world’s most densely populated islands

Concrete Wonderland

Joyce outlet!

Beautiful View off the Loading Dock

We then taxied to Repulse Bay with an extremely angry taxi driver who drove like a madman down windy curves. Definitely a ride to remember! Repulse Bay Beach was beautiful. The waves lapped peacefully on the sand and the distant lights of Hong Kong’s most expensive residential apartment sparked down. Since I was wearing a short summer dress, I was able to wade in pretty deep and play around in the water for a bit. For the most part, we just based in the tranquil beauty that surrounded us.

Repulse Bay Beach!

Repulse Bay Beach, Nighttime.

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We headed further down the beach to a lighted stone area that was virtually deserted. We looked out toward the water and noted how the distant lights from Ocean Park’s cable cars illuminated the entire backdrop of mountains.

A quick stroll led to some unique discoveries. The mellow, relaxed beach vibe quickly gave away to a traditional aura that surrounded the temple and Longevity Bridge, complete with a pagoda and multiple colorful lifesized statues of various Asian deities, juxtaposed right next to the beach. Only in Hong Kong!

Right next to the beach.

We walked around, I posed on Longevity Bridge, and promptly hopped over the restricted fence to walk down the small slippery pier. This odd fusion of tourist attraction beach with ancient Chinese temple is quite exquisite.

After questioning an old man in the shower for directions, we then hopped on to the 52 to Aberdeen, and took the free sampan to the Jumbo restaurant. We feasted at Dragon Court on the 2nd floor (in reality the same restaurant as the first floor, which is reserved for large tour groups). The restaurant screamed upscale with its posh decor, presentation of food, and hefty service charges/random fees, but Vincent, K and I had a good time. We feasted on Barbecue Suckling Pork, Pork Pate Shanghai Style, and Imperial Fried Rice with Pate and sipped on our Jasmine Tea and expensive glass bottled water. For the price, the food was decent, the atmosphere was excellence, and the overall experience with sampan and all is quite enjoyable. Being on the Jumbo Floating Restaurant again made me nostalgic of good old times back in January with Farrah and David, when we feasted on Peking Deck at the 3rd floor Top Deck. Good times.

Hello again!

Dragon Court

Bomb Suckling Pig.

After mistakenly taking the other free sampan to Sheung Wan, we doubled back and finally found ourselves back on Aberdeen side. We walked through the Aberdeen streets and reached Da Gai B Desserts, which was booming with business. Hong Kong desserts are always the best way to end the day.

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