The Pulse
Location28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Opening dateNovember 2014
DeveloperEmperor International Holdings Limited
OwnerEmperor International Holdings Limited
Total retail floor area167,000 sq.ft.
No. of floors6
WebsiteOfficial Website
Restaurants at L1
L2 interior

The Pulse is a six-storey, 167,000-square-foot (15,500 m2) shopping centre located on Beach Road at Repulse Bay Beach in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. It is owned by Emperor International Holdings Limited.


Former use

The site was formerly home to the Lido Complex. Developed by Lido Development (a subsidiary of the Fung Ping Fan company) and opened on 1 February 1976, the complex was marketed as a "year-round resort" and housed restaurants and recreational facilities.[1] The complex was expanded in 1983.[2]

The 49,690-square-foot (4,616 m2) complex was put up for sale when Fung Ping Fan ran into financial difficulties. It was sold (excluding the McDonald's restaurant) to Hairich Limited, a subsidiary of Intercontinental Housing Development (IHD) Limited, in 1987.[3][4][5]

In 1993, IHD announced it would sell the complex to Gold Shine Investment, a company 55 per cent owned by Emperor International Holdings, 25 per cent by IHE itself, 15 per cent by Supreity and five per cent by Sonny Yeung Hoi-sing.[6]

Illegal redevelopment

In 1998, Emperor International got Town Planning Board approval to develop a three-storey shopping centre on the site. The company bought the Lido Complex's McDonald's shop in mid-2000 for HK$36.8 million, allowing the redevelopment to move ahead. The firm stated that year that it would spend about HK$500 million on the development.[7]

Emperor International built a 143,000-square-foot (13,300 m2), six-storey shopping arcade called "The Pulse" on the site, which was substantially complete by 2011. However, it did so without the consent of the Lands Department, in breach of the land lease conditions. This led to a protracted legal battle between the developer and the government.[8] The shopping centre remained empty, leading to public complaints over the lack of shopping and dining options along the beach.[9]

In May 2012, the issue was settled, with Emperor International Group Limited paying a HK$798 million land premium to the Hong Kong government.[10] The shopping centre subsequently opened in November 2014.


  1. ^ "Lido opens with lion dance". South China Morning Post. 2 February 1976. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Repulse Bay Lido extends". South China Morning Post. 7 January 1983.
  3. ^ "IHD seals accord on Lido complex". South China Morning Post. 20 January 1987.
  4. ^ "IHD to spend $20m on Lido". South China Morning Post. 5 February 1987.
  5. ^ "Lido takeover on Saturday". South China Morning Post. 30 June 1987.
  6. ^ "IHD set to sell Lido". South China Morning Post. 6 November 1993.
  7. ^ Chan, Doris (27 September 2000). "Project go-ahead for Repulse Bay". South China Morning Post.
  8. ^ "Development Bureau's statement on "The Pulse"". Hong Kong Government. 31 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Bid to end Repulse Bay face-off". South China Morning Post. 31 August 2011.
  10. ^ "CONCLUSION OF THE LEGAL PROCEEDING OF THE PULSE" (PDF). Emperor International Holdings Limited. 15 May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2014.

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