It was a pity that we went there under the rain: the central beach is small, calm and attractive, but the surroundings have many alternatives, and the water must be warm enough to convince even Fernanda.
A good lunch and a quick visit was all that we could have.
Maybe next time!
It's a must in Hong Kong, but I must confess that it didn't convince me too much.
I'm not a good buyer, but our team's expert (Fernanda) didn't get so excited as I expected.
OK, it's maybe a good place to buy, but I have a market at my door each Sunday...
There are around 60 Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong and this one is located in Stanley. Tin Hau, also known as Mazu, was born in Meizhou Island, Fujian, China in 960 A.D. and became an excellent swimmer. She wore red garments while standing on the shore to guide fishing boats home, even in the most dangerous and harshest of weather. She died at only 27 and since then has been worshipped by the families of many fishermen and sailors in honour of her acts of courage in trying to save those at sea.
This particular temple is one of the oldest in Hong Kong, dating back to 1767. A tiger-skin on the wall frightens off evil spirits having been shop by an Indian in the 1940s. Two Japanese bombs hit the temple during the Japanese attack on Stanley in 1942 but they didn't explode and so the crowds of people sheltering there were miraculously unharmed.
The Old Police Station in Stanley was built in 1859 and is the oldest remaining police station in Hong Kong. The British Army, during the early years of the colonial era, used the station from time to time in conjunction with the police because of its strategic position as the most southerly outpost on Hong Kong Island. During the Japanese Occupation, the Japanese Gendarmerie used the police station as a local headquarters and a mortuary was built onto the building.
After the war, the building reverted to its original use and served as a police station until 1974. Since then it has had a number of unrelated uses including a sub-office of the Southern District Office, a restaurant, and currently it is used as a Wellcome grocery store.
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is housed in part of the Murray House in Stanley on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. The museum illustrates how China, Asia and the West have contributed through the ages to the development of boats, ships, maritime exploration and trade, and naval warfare. The museum is divided into two galleries, the ancient gallery and the modern gallery, displaying more than 500 exhibits including models of ancient and modern ships, paintings, ceramics, trade goods and ships manifests. A model of a 2,000-year-old boat made of pottery from the Han Dynasty is one of the highlights of the Museum.
Open: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun. Closed Mondays. Admission: HK$20.
Blake Pier is located in Stanley but it was originally located in Central but was moved to its present position in 2006 and opened to the public on July 31st 2007. It was named after Sir Henry Arthur Blake (1840-1918) who was the 12th governor of Hong Kong between 1898 and 1903 which is when the pier dates from. Today it is used for people to fish off and for some small island ferry boats to moor at.
Murray House was built in 1844 and is the oldest surviving public building in Hong Kong. It is located in Stanley on the southern side of Hong Kong Island but hasn't always been on the site as it was moved there from its original site in Central in 1998 after being dismantled in 1982 to make way for the new Bank of China Tower. It was originally used as part of a barracks before being used by various government departments. Today, it houses the Hong Kong Maritime Museum as well as a few posh restaurants.
Stanley Market is a street market in Stanley on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. The street is a typical example of a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong and has since become a major tourist attraction, well known for its bargains. Many of the stalls or shops sell Hong Kong souvenirs as well as clothing - particularly silk garments, shoes and traditional Chinese dress - toys, ornaments, luggage, souvenirs, and Chinese arts and crafts. It's fairly small and is nice to wander around even if you're not planning on buying anything.
no matter if you are local / tourist, Stanley market is always a spot to go. various item from souvenirs like t-shirt with "HONG KONG" imprinted to local items like bags, shoes, etc. sometimes you can bargain with the staff, try your luck! With air condition inside the market, you will find it comfy to walk around even in summer.
Murray House is one of the historical building in Hong Kong. it was a marine building in Admiralty. Due to reclamation work, Murray House has to tear down with number on each stone for future re-construction. Couple years ago, Murray House was back and now standing in Stanley.