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.
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.
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.
Stanley is a village that many foreign tourists will include in their itineary to Hong Kong. There is a market that sells stuffs gear towards foreigners. I think the boardwalk along the harbour has been completed by now. (My photo showed that it was under construction).
You'll find the Murray House in Stanley. It is a historic colonial style building used by the British army for many years, which was originally located at where the Bank of China Building is now in Central. They took down the building piece by piece and reassembled it here. It now houses the maritime museum and restaurants. It's quite nice to have lunch or dinner here, especially in the balcony patio where you can have a good view of the sea and the village.
There is also a couple of beaches in Stanley. The annual dragon boat race is held here too.
The bus ride to scenery is very beautiful, passing through villas and mansions of the rich and famous. Owning a low-density property in Hong Kong costs a good fortune, and many of them are located in the southtern part of Hong Kong Island, where it is less developed.
Tip: On the bus, be sure you sit on the upper level and sit on the left side. You'll pass by a dam and you can see the wall of the dam - a huge drop to below, with a nice harbour view. (see photo)
Nice morning out, Stanley Market is a permanent under cover market that sells the usual clothes, electronics, souveniers etc. It feels a lot less touristy than some of the other markets and is certainly worth a few hours time to stroll around. Nearby you also have repulse bay and can also go via Ocean Park to make it a day out. I went by bus however cabs are so cheap I advise jumping in a cab to save time.
Before the British moved in, Stanley was the largest town on Hong Kong island. There is a beach, and lots of places to eat. Stanley market dominates the town, and has a lot of alleyways of little stalls selling all sorts such as clothes, shoes and accessories. Tin Hau is a nice temple there, so Stanley is generally a nice place to spend a couple of hours at.
well after allthe malls and really expensive stores such as christian dior and co. The Stanley Market is such a difference. There you can find everything you can imaggine at the quarter of regular prices...but you really have to bargin till you die.
If you are looking for really good cashmere sweaters...and authentic chinese name writing..then the Stanley Markets are the place to go...So much of the stalls are everyday markets...but the sweaters were really well made...and quite a good price...around $10.00US.
We did this as part of a tour...and the 1 hour we had here was not enough...
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