Dameisha is the queen of the Shenzhen Riviera. It is the closest beach to the city just past the Yantian Container Terminal and the most developed. It is also the most crowded don’t go near it on a July weekend.

The beach is set in a natural amphitheatre with mountains behind and steep headlands on either side. The centre of the amphitheatre was originally fishponds and paddy fields but these have been landscaped and turned into artificial lakes that are quite attractive. A wide boulevard lined with palms runs along the beach. The beach itself is wide, sandy and fringed with coconut palms. A series of 20-foot high sculptures, which look like some kind of angel, is grouped in the middle of the beach. Behind it is the Tower of Dreams, a lookout tower. Although it is a free beach, it is well supplied with facilities.

The chef d’oeuvre of Dameisha is the Sheraton Dameisha Resort. This beautiful five star resort stands on its own private beach at the eastern end of the bay. Enormous glass windows give expansive views over Mirs Bay across to the blue mountains of the New Territories. If you’re like us, the 60,000-ton container ships constantly approaching the container terminal hidden round the point add constant interest to the scene. Teams of women with Hakka hats work to maintain the beach. Every room has a sea view. The hotel has rapidly become a favorite of the Hong Kong corporate meeting scene as Hong Kong businesses realise that you can get away from it much closer to home than Phuket.

Address: Da Mei Sha, Yantian District

Buses nos. 53, 239, 103, 360, 364 Da Mai Sha bus stop

Sheraton Dameisha website

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