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Going swimming? Check out HK’s best go-to beaches

25 May 2019

The Environmental Protection Department released on May 24 the latest grading of water quality for 38 gazetted beaches that are open for swimming and one non-gazetted beach, Discovery Bay.   

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Repulse Bay Beach is one of 19 beaches that got Grade 1 marking
Nineteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 15 as Fair (Grade 2) and five as Poor (Grade 3).

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Grade 1 beaches:        
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach,
Repulse Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Shek O Beach
Discovery Bay
South Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach
St Stephen's Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Stanley Main Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Tong Fuk Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Trio Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Pui O Beach

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Despite the breathtaking views Cafeteria Beach was only ranked Grade 2 (photo from DWC page)
Approach Beach
Golden Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Lido Beach
Casam Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Ting Kau Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach

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Grade 3 beaches:
Anglers' Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach
Butterfly Beach

Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

Hong Kong has nearly 50 non-gazetted beaches that are not maintained by the government and, therefore, some may be unclean at times. They have no lifeguards on duty and are not equipped with shark nets.

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Compared with last week’s markings, Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Chung Hom Kok Beach, Trio Beach and Turtle Cove Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. 

Deep Water Bay Beach and Middle Bay Beach have been downgraded to Grade 2; and so have Big Wave Bay Beach, Butterfly Beach and Silver Mine Bay Beach to Grade 3. 

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“The changes are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beaches,” an EPD spokesman said.
Under the present system, beaches are classified into four grades according to the level of E. coli bacteria in the water from the five most recent samplings.
Still, the EPD spokesman reminded the public that water quality could also be temporarily affected by heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.
A summary of beach grades is published weekly before the weekend.  The latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the department's website on Beach Water Quality ( or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
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