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A Victorian building from the 19th century was dismantled to give place to Bank of China tower in 1982, and moved to Stanley, rebuilt with a few changes, and used as barracks to British troops.
Nowadays, it is occupied by several restaurants and the Maritime museum.
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I verified that Stanley is listed in VT with its Chinese name: Chek Chue.
Respecting that, my notes about Stanley (market and more) are in Chek Chue page
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I enjoy taking the bus to Stanley and as I get off opposite the Markets I always take a wander through. On my last visit I bought some handbags and jewellery but sometimes I dont buy anything! The Market is a selection of open front shops linked by covered walkways.
In my opinion Stanley Market is not the place for "die-hard" bargain shoppers. A bit of extra effort is needed here to talk down the prices. Some shop owners wont budge on price at all. This market caters to tourists and many of the items for sale reflect that, but there are also shops selling more expensive one-off items that you wont find at other markets. Obviously shop owners dont want to "give" them away so dont be surprised if they seem a little annoyed by your bartering.
If you want a t-shirt with your name written on it in Cantonese then you can have that done. There are also a loads of souvenirs (stress balls or chopsticks anyone?) and more traditional chinese craft shops. Beautiful chinese style dresses are also available and a selection of silk evening wear. Paintings and posters are also available.
Day trip to Stanley
I had been told its a nice day trip to take the bus to Stanley, as they have great markets and seafood restaurants, and it did not disappoint me in either of these!
Easy to get to once again - take the MTR to Central and then go to Exchange Central and get Bus 620 which takes you directly to Stanley and about a 5 minute walk to the Markets and seafront promenade. The bus will take about half an hour or so to get to Stanley, depending on traffic, and its a nice scenic drive there as well. The markets were fantastic, with lots of more unusual items that were reasonably priced, some of the markets being indoors and air conditioned, making them a little less hot and uncomfortable!
We had a lovely lunch at the Seafront Restaurant on the promenade, consisting of fish and chips for me and Frank had a burger and chips, both came with a free drink, total cost of $309HK = $38AUD.
Overall, a very enjoyable half day outing, we left about 9am and were back in our room at 2.00pm.
Shopping for kids clothes in Stanley Market
Stanley is a a great place to shop for kids clothes in Hong Kong. I have found Gap, Mini Boden, and Babystyle. There is a great map on Little Steps Hong Kong site that takes you through all the best shopping places for kids clothing in Hong Kong.
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To buy or not to buy
Stanley is a town on the south side of Hong Kong Island. It is famous for its markets.
The large open-air marketplace is well known for being able to find most things - particularly silk and traditional Chinese dress. There are many toy shops, shops for ornaments and arts and crafts even a Haagen-Dazs and a Dymocks book shop. It is popular with locals and tourists alike.
It is a bit touristy but a perfect place to do your Christmas shopping or the gift for Aunt Mary or the neighbour looking after the dog. Even if you don't buy, the markets are a great place to spend some time and soak up the local scene.
Stanley is a fishing village on the south of Hong Kong Island. It's about 25 minutes by bus from Central. Stanley is famous for its busy market. The market seems geared towards tourists, here you'll find souvenirs such as antiques, electrical goods & clothes.
After visiting the market I particulary enjoyed walking along the promenade to the seafront. The area was picturesque with plenty of little restaurants.
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There is a definite european influence here and it is beautiful! There are many outdoor cafes to take in the incredible view of the islands in the distance and a variety of shops to keep you entertained. This was one of my favorite places in Hong Kong!
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There are 3 beaches in Stanley: one more rocks than beach but with a small strip of sand (immediately adjacent to the temple and the end of the market): the second, the City Beach - a long and popular strip - head off in the opposite direction to the market when getting off the bus - it's a few minutes to the beach: the third, and nicest, is a 10-15 minutes walk towards the headland. St Stephen's Beach is on the way to the fort (not open to the public) and the Military Cemetery (you can see St Stephens from the rocky beach and the restaurants) - a smallish cove with safe bathing and virtually no-one on it. Amazing considering the sardines on the main town beach.
Although somewhat touristy, Stanley is still a very nice place to get away from the worst excesses of HK and Kowloon. The coastal bus trip is spectacular between Aberdeen and Stanley (keep looking behind you, especially as you climb out of Repulse Bay). Alternatively, you take the #6 bus from Central (station under the IFC).
Perfectly pleasant if somewhat crowded 'arty/crafty' market and a whole row of restaurants overlooking the bay (some more inviting than others.... Stanley attracts the ex-pats at weekends, so some of these places are full of beer-swillers with the bellies and decibels to match). On this strip, there are bars such as The Smugglers Inn, Pizza Express and The Boathouse. The Market whilst touristy is a great place to hand over your wads of shopping dollars - it's certainly there to make it as easy as possible to do so! (And it is a more congenial spot to shop than some of the street makets of Kowloon). But you can still find backstreets which have yet to fall foul of the developers :)
The walk to St Stephen's Beach (20 minutes) is a pleasant and relatively quiet stroll (see separate beach tip) and there are a couple of temples, whilst not exactly over-inspiring are also worth making the effort to see. A newly renovated Maritime Museum in a superb 19th colonial mansion overlooks the small bay, with the top floor devoted to a number of restaurants of various cuisines.
This is the place to get your jade chops and various oddities. A great range of goods available, including limited copies of artworks by famous local artists. Be sure to bargain and haggle as this is part and parcel of the shoping experience here at Stanley.
The best way to get to Stanley, if you're first taking the MTR, is to get off at Wanchai MTR station and take one of those green/red-topped vans there (the Octopus card is also accepted on these vans). It's very efficient and the van ride would take around 15-20 minutes. Buses also go from Wanchai but would be, of course, much slower unless you plan to take the upper deck to do some sight seeing.
Stanley is a lovely little bay on the south of Hong Kong Island.
Its famous for its market but I have to say I was a bit dissapointed with it. It was not all that big, didn't have that many interesting stalls and I walked round it in about half an hour.
Still, the weather was lovely and warm, it was nice to stroll around the bay sit in cafes and watch the world go by. There are lots of restaurants there for a good lunch although they are repaving the promenade so you may get a view of sand paving stones and drills!
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.
Go there once ONLY
I was a bit disappointed when I come to Stanley Beach and Market. The beach which is 5 mins walk from the bus terminal is hardly a beach. Although they provide lockers, showers and prohibit dogs, the beach is not a beach to me. It hardly stretches along the shoreline and the shoreline is too near to the concrete part of the beach. So the sandy beaches where visitors are supposed to lay their mats and relax or play beach volleyball is too small.
The market is not like any market I've been to elsewhere. I would imagine the market situated in one big space in the centre of Stanley area. It is actually rows of shops in some small narrow lanes. You can find them in Hong Kong town area itself. Plus the stuff sold here are just the same elsewhere.
Maybe the main reason to be here is to get away from the main busy town area and maybe relax, enjoy the sun, sand and the sea.
A Shopper's Heaven
Stanley is located on the outer boundaries of Hong Kong Island and is the mecca of bargain shopping. There are street stalls which is much like an outdoor flea market type setting within the confines of this quaint town. There are also some restaurants, pubs, a Tin Hau Temple, (Tin Hau - God of the sea) and the maritime museum. The shops located within Stanley Market have everything from souvenirs, to jewelry, to clothing, artwork and anything else you can think of. More about the shopping in my shopping link. Below are pics of Stanley Bay and the Tin Hau Temple.
You can't go to Hong Kong Island without going here.
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