Golden Beach (Hong Kong)
Golden Beach in 2006
|Location||So Kwun Wat, Hong Kong|
|Access||Castle Peak Road|
|Beach length||550 metres (approx.)|
|Patrolled by||Leisure and Cultural Services Department|
Golden Beach is the largest public beach in Tuen Mun with a total area of 78,500 m² and a length of 545 metres. It is classified as a Grade 2 beach, meaning that the water quality is fair. Tropical trees, like coconut, and flowers of various species are planted on both sides of a 480-metre long promenade running parallel to the beach. Refreshment kiosks, a hotel and a shopping mall are to be found adjacent to the beach.
Golden Beach is unique amongst the beaches of Hong Kong in that it has a volleyball court. The Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Team occasionally practises on Golden Beach.
Golden Beach was one of the first artificial beaches constructed in Hong Kong, following the private beach at Tai Pak in Discovery Bay. It opened to the public in 1995, originally under the management of the Regional Council.
In 2000, management of the beach was transferred to the newly-formed Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).
- Changing rooms and showers
- Dolphin Square
- Seaside promenade
- Tuck shop
The beach suffers from serious loss of sand, and has shrunk significantly over the past two decades. The bases of several lookout towers, which were once set well back from the water line, are now exposed to the sea. The LCSD had to close part of the beach in 2008 as the problem worsened.
After Typhoon Hagupit hit Hong Kong, exacerbating the problem, the LCSD hired the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) to conduct remedial works at Golden Beach, at a cost of HK$7.2 million. This included replenishment of sand, construction of gabion walls, and construction of groynes. These improvements were made from 2009 to 2011. Still, Golden Beach is smaller than its original size and length.
Golden Beach is served by numerous bus routes.
- Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB)
- 52X (Tuen Mun Central Bus Terminus ↔ Mongkok)
- 53 (Yuen Long ↔ Tsuen Wan)
- 61M (Tuen Mun Central Bus Terminus ↔ Kwai Fong)
- 962/N962 (Lung Mun Oasis ↔ Causeway Bay)
- 962B (Chi Lok Fa Yuen ↔ Admiralty)
- 962S (Chi Lok Fa Yuen ↔ Causeway Bay)
- MTR Bus
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- "New beaches". South China Morning Post. 20 October 1994. p. 6.
- "Report on Bacteriological Water Quality of Bathing Beaches in Hong Kong 1995". Regional Council. 20 December 1992.
- "LCQ11: Flow of marine sand at public beaches". Government of Hong Kong. 18 June 2014.
- So, Peter (25 April 2009). "Barriers to prevent loss of sand at beaches in Tuen Mun, Lantau". South China Morning Post.
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