Friday, December 2, 2011

Nude Beach Day

I went to my first ever nude beach – in Hong Kong of all places! Hong Kong isn’t exactly known as a nudist’s paradise. I’ve seen a lot of naked children at park fountains and pretty much wherever there’s open water – especially in the oppressive heat of summer – but this isn’t a place you’ll ever see naked adults. Even at a regular beach most people cover up as much as they can. I’ve never seen anyone sunbathing in any park. Most of the women seem to do everything they can to keep the sun away – they even use umbrellas on sunny days!

It’s December, but it’s not cold at all. It’s a lot cooler than it was a couple of months ago, but this winter is nothing like winters in Minnesota. I see a lot of locals walking around in the daytime with big coats and hats & scarves, but I’ve never been cold enough for more than a light sweater – and that’s at night. So when Ryan suggested going to the beach it didn’t seem strange at all. What he didn’t tell me was that it was a nude beach!

There are beaches all over Hong Kong. Most of them are mostly empty even in the summer. I don’t think the Chinese are big fans of the beach. There’s a small beach near the house in Clear Water Bay where Lily & Kevin stayed in July. I never saw anybody else there.

This nude beach was on Lantau Island and very hard to get to! We work on Lantau, but this was on the other end of the island, way beyond the MTR. I don’t think any buses even go out that far. Ryan borrowed a car from one of his band friends who probably “borrowed” it from someone else – they’re a questionable bunch. We drove out there with a hand drawn map that really wasn’t all that helpful. We probably would’ve had better luck with Mapquest.

We drove around a long time and got lost a few times before we stopped in a tiny little village to ask for directions. I know more Chinese than Ryan, but still not enough to have a conversation with anyone. I know north, south, east & west in Chinese, but that didn’t matter since none of the locals seemed to know what direction anything was in. They didn’t understand our map at all, but they understood the few Chinese words written on it and told us to go down the road they pointed to. It quickly became the only road and at that point our only options were to turn around and go back or keep going. I was ready to turn around, but Ryan wanted to keep going. He thought the road either had to lead somewhere or just stop dead. I pointed out that this is an island – the road could go in a very large circle.

Not long after the tiny village we were at a makeshift dirt parking lot. Ryan decided this was it. He’d never been here before, but his friend who drew the map said there was a dirt parking lot. Normally that wouldn’t be specific enough for me, but in Hong Kong any kind of parking lot is rare enough to beat the odds. It turns out they were right. A quick hike from the fake parking lot and we were at a beautiful little beach. There was no one there so it’s hard to say if it was really the nude beach, but in December you’re not going to find any crowded beaches in Hong Kong.

Ryan was disappointed that no one was there. I think he wanted to go to look at naked girls just as much as he wanted to get naked, but if you want to see naked girls on the beach don’t go to Hong Kong. I was glad there was no one else there. I brought a bathing suit and wasn’t about to get naked if there were people there.

Ryan says I need to get over my prudish upbringing and be more comfortable with my body and the human body is beautiful and blah, blah. He’s right. I’d like to be more comfortable with nudity. I went to a great spa on my birthday and my discomfort took something away from the experience. It was great, but it would’ve been better if I was more relaxed. The ladies there weren’t trying to hurt me at all – they only wanted to pamper me.

I also know that the trip to the nude beach wasn’t just so I can gain confidence. Ryan wanted to look at naked girls.

The water was too cold to swim in. I’m never very confident about water quality here anyway. They have a system that tells you if the water’s ok that day, but that just makes me wonder. I’d rather swim where the water never has hazardous days.

Ryan got naked right away. He loved running around with everything hanging out. I stayed in my bathing suit for a while. Eventually I went topless. There was no one around so I went full monty. It felt nice having the sun all over, but it’s not something I’ll be doing on a regular basis. I’d like to get to the point where I’m comfortable enough to do it with other people around, but we really don’t do much beachgoing in Hong Kong and this beach was a pain to get to. They say it’s supposed to get colder – so this was probably our last beach trip this year.

8 comments:

  1. From your description, I'm wondering if this is the beach shown in the picture at the top of my blog?

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  2. I always like isolated and secluded places, just you and nobody else wow. I hope you like it just as much as i do!
    cheers
    Forever alone

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  3. I'd actually rather be around other people. I can only handle so much time alome.

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  4. Do you still have the directions or name of the beach?

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  5. I never knew the name of it. The directions are pretty complicated. I'm sure there's an easier way to get there, but I don't know how.

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  6. You are very brave. I am a nudist but it is unease for me to bare it all anywhere in Hong Kong, no matter how remote it appears to be. Many times there are people popping out from nowhere, or armed themselves with cameras that can zoom from miles away. The culture there that is not very tolerant to naturism.

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  7. Ryan must be happy to atleast see one naturist there LOL

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