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A hotel in Repulse Bay is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Repulse Bay hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Repulse Bay are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Repulse Bay hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Repulse Bay hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Repulse Bay have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

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An upscale full service hotel facility in Repulse Bay that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Repulse Bay hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Repulse Bay timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Repulse Bay often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Repulse Bay on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Repulse Bay motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Repulse Bay for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Repulse Bay motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For the hamlet in Nunavut formerly known as Repulse Bay, see Naujaat.
Repulse Bay
Kwun Yam Shrine View1 201501.jpg
Longevity Bridge of Kwun Yam Shrine, Repulse Bay
Chinese 淺水灣
Literal meaning Shallow Water Bay
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin qiánshuìwan
Romanization Cien Sui Van
Yue: Cantonese
Yale Romanization Chin Seui Waan
Jyutping Cin Seoi Waan
View of Middle Island, off Hong Kong Island (left) between Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay (background, left). Viewed from the Ocean Park cable car ride.
Repulse Bay in the 1930s with the Repulse Bay Hotel in the background

Repulse Bay is a bay in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, located in the Southern District, Hong Kong.

Repulse Bay: Geography

Repulse Bay is located in the south of Hong Kong Island, to the east of Deep Water Bay and to the west of Middle Bay and South Bay. Middle Island, Hong Kong is located off Hong Kong Island, between Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay.

Repulse Bay: History

Repulse Bay Beach. The curved building is the background is "The Lily".

The origins of the bay's English name have become extremely obscure. There are, however, many stories - none resting on any solid evidence that has so far been established. A typical example is that 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 the Royal Navy, hence the name. There is no evidence of any such origin in the extensive British naval log books of the period. Another story holds that the bay was named after HMS Repulse which was stationed at the bay at one point. No HMS Repulse ever visited Hong Kong, let alone Repulse Bay and the 1868 Repulse served only on the west coast of the Americas (1872-77) and thereafter in British waters. It is known that the name appeared on the earliest British official map of Hong Kong by Lt TB Collinson RE in 1845. However, British Admiralty charts never used the name until the 20th century, instead sticking to the quite erroneous name given by Commander Edward Belcher RN in his 1841 survey, Chonghom Bay. The source of the name remains unknown.

In the 1910s, Repulse Bay was developed into a beach, and the Repulse Bay Hotel was built in 1920. To attract swimmers, a bus route from Central to Repulse Bay was created, and now stands as one of Hong Kong's oldest bus routes. During the Battle of Hong Kong in World War II, Repulse Bay was an important strategic location.

The beach was extended artificially, and thus the sand closer to the shore is coarser in texture than the sand further away.

Until the early 1960s, residential buildings were quite restricted. Three blocks of six storey apartments were developed by Dr. P. P. Chiu and his brother P. W. Chiu, part way up the mountain overlooking Repulse Bay. These were luxury apartments with servants' quarters, with only two apartments per floor in Blocks A and B. Apartments in Block C are smaller. For a long time, these were the only apartments allowed on the mountain.

The "building with a hole" - The Repulse Bay, site of the former Repulse Bay Hotel

Occupying the whole of the west side cliff above the beach was a large castle with a swimming pool, greenhouse and tennis court called Eucliffe, one of three castles owned by the millionaire Eu Tong Sween. The Eucliffe structure and historical site was demolished to make way for a row of low apartments.

Repulse Bay: Present

The Repulse Bay shopping mall was constructed on part of the old hotel site to mimic some of the lost colonial architecture
The Pulse is the new shopping mall completed in 2014

The Repulse Bay area is one of the most expensive housing areas in Hong Kong. In 2012, some townhouses reached HK$50,000 (US$6,500) per square foot.

The former Repulse Bay Hotel was demolished in 2 stages during the 1970s and 1980s. Later a boutique shopping mall was constructed on part of the old hotel site to mimic some of the lost colonial architecture.

Emperor International Holdings Limited bought Lido Mall at Repulse Bay and renamed it The Pulse, but due to its expansion to five storeys and 143,000 sq ft, it has been in negotiations with the government over the land premium. On 15 May 2012, Emperor announced an agreement with the government with the land premium at HK$798 million. Emperor will put The Pulse up for lease after receiving the occupation permit. The 143,000-square-foot, five-story shopping mall will be rented out at HK$50 to HK$60 per square foot.

Repulse Bay: Features

  • Repulse Bay Beach
  • Kwun Yam Shrine
  • The Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay: Transport

Repulse Bay: Road

Repulse Bay is served by Repulse Bay Road, which connects Wong Nai Chung Gap Road and Tai Tam Road. It is very convenient for people to travel to Repulse Bay as there many bus routes from Central, such as no. 6, 6A, 6X, 260; or the no. 40 minibus. Transportation either takes one express through the Aberdeen Tunnel, or along the slightly longer scenic route.

Beach-goers may also opt to drive there. The beach provides some parking space, and the nearby Repulse Bay Hotel also has parking facilities.

Repulse Bay: Railway

There are no MTR stations in Repulse Bay, nor has any MTR project been proposed or commenced there.

Repulse Bay: Cultural references

Author Eileen Chang's novel, Love in a Fallen City (傾城之戀) is set at the Repulse Bay Hotel.

Repulse Bay at dusk.
Repulse Bay
A panorama shot of Repulse Bay, as taken from The Repulse Bay, the "building with a hole" - featuring a full 180 degree view

Repulse Bay: See also

  • List of areas of Hong Kong

Repulse Bay: References

  1. "Emperor Int'l settles legal proceeding of "The Pulse"". ETNET. 2012-05-16.
  2. "Emperor forecasts 15-20pc rise in rents". The Standard (Hong Kong). 28 November 2012.

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