Sunday, July 6, 2008

Clear Water Bay on a clear day

Clear Water Bay's Beach Number Two
is popular with swimmers and sunbathers

Clear Water Bay's Beach Number One,
(or, rather, the waters close to it) OTOH,
is favored more by people with boats

It's official: The Hong Kong Observatory declared last month to be Hong Kong's wettest month ever on record (i.e., since 1884). And looking out the window and seeing that it's raining once more, and upon further checking out the 7-Day Weather Forecast and beholding a week's worth of predicted rain at least, I'm thinking that this July's going to be prety wet too.

In contrast, the past few days have been more or less rain-less, even if humid and hot. So much so that yesterday afternoon, I was inspired to head to Clear Water Bay to check out its two public beaches along with grand views -- the latter of which was made all the more better due to the rains having helped to at least temporarily clear away a lot of the air pollution that, sadly, often bedevils the Fragrant Harbour.

And for skeptics: Yes, Asia's World City really does have beaches, some of which are more highly rated and popular than others. (And yeah, I thought it might be good to give attention to one before I go back to putting up another Penang photo-essay.)

Of course, for Hong Kong movie fans, mention Clear Water Bay and the first thing that comes to mind is the Shaw Brothers (in particular Run Run and Runme -- and for the uninitiated: no, this is not a joke; that really is their names -- the English versions anyways!) and their movies. But, really, as I hope you will get an idea from the pair of photos posted in this entry, Clear Water Bay is quite the cool place even without that connection! ;b


sarah bailey knight said...


The sky is a beautiful shade of blue in the first photo. However, I don't seem to see you in your bathing suit on the beach. hehe Oh, I guess you were taking the picture not in the picture

Anonymous said...

Did you go alone? :O

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Yep, yep -- one of the beauties of taking pictures is that I don't have to appear in them! ;b

Hi laicheukpan --

Teehee, yes, I went alone. It was a spur of the moment thing on my part. Also, truth be told, I often am quite happy going exploring and such by myself... ;b

Madara said...

Y'know what I want to see? Pix of the bay taken from the exact angles that they shot in the old Shaw Bros. films just to see how that area looks now.

YTSL said...

Hi leo86 --

Sorry, can't help there. Haven't seen enough Shaw Brothers movies to know what you have in mind and, also, would imagine that the land they used was and is private property.