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...
You have to take a train to HOng Kong Island, Admiralty MTR station, and from there, the minibus 40 to Stanley Market.
I found this small enclave of shops most charming as they are linked by walkways that make it into a covered bazaar.
You can find most of the touristy, kitschy shops there selling everything from bedlinens, souvenirs, jewellery, art reproductions to outlet shopping, and more...
The minibus ride costs something like 90 Hong Kong dollars and be sure to have exact change as you drop it into a box and the driver doesn't give you any change. The ride through a scenic coastal part of HOng Kong island on a slightly hilly and winding road is quite pleasant and should take you only about 30 mins or so to reach.
There's a seafront promenade of sorts with a number of small hotels and eateries for meals and is really lovely and relaxed.
The Museum is not really huge. It contains 2 galleries, Ancient & Modern. It is mainly for celebrating the coastal history, trade fairs between Hong Kong (China) and overseas. I like the models and some wonderful and rare artifacts with well-arranged display. There are some computer games and audio-visual displays letting visitors to put their hands on. In the Modern Gallery, there are a Navigation Bridge and Radio Room, visitors can play a demontration on depoting the boat and send the Moss code.
It is a family and children friendly museum.
Sun and public holidays, Tue to Fri: 10:00 to 18:00
Sat: 10:00 to 19:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st and 2nd Lunar new year
Adults (Standard rate): HK$20.00
Senior citizens (aged 65 or above), children (aged under 18), full time students, and people with disabilities: HK$10.00
Stanley is a lovely little coastal village towards the south of Hong Kong thats a very popular place for most visitors to Hong Kong.
Originally a fishing village, but recently its developed more and now hosts a range of restaurants and pubs.
What also makes it very popular is Stanley Market which is visited by many people and is well know by both locals and visitors for getting a few good bargains here. Goods that are available for purchase here range from traditional Chinese souvenirs to traditional arts and crafts, and various other types of stalls.
Stanley is pretty seaside town less than an hour from Central. Many people, both locals and tourists, converge on Stanley during the weekends, where they can swim, water ski, wind surf, sail their yachts, and generally enjoy the sparkling blue water. At the gazetted lagoons, there are lifeguards and changing room facilities.
Many westerns and tourists like to relax at one of the many (overpriced) alfresco cafes / restaurants lining the street between Stanley Plaza and Stanley market, even in the hot afternoon, while locals mill around the area behind Stanley Plaza and the beachside picnic area to the left of Stanley Market.
Stanley Market consists of many small stalls selling goods from sportswear and made-in-China souvenirs to ladies' fashion, shoes and luggage bags. Those who enjoy shopping will likely spend a great deal of time thronging through the market.
Visitors can find a quiet spot off a path along the sea leading away from Stanley Plaza, to which not many venture. This path leads a 1000-year-old Well and small temple, outside of which there is a shady spot and a stone bench.
Buses to Stanley will generally terminate at the Stanley bus terminal.
The town of Stanley is a trendy casual beach community on the over side of Hong Kong Island. Many foriegners or gwailo live here. Good cafes and restaurants, which are great for people watching .There is a large market, which sells tourist souvenirs, clothes, art and other goods. Here, you feel like you are so far from the city, but really only 15 km away. There is a small beach. It's a nice change.
Stanley is situated on the South side of HK Island. It is quite popular among the tourists but also with local people.
Stanley is mostly famous for its market (mainly aimed at tourists, selling souvenirs and clothes). There is a short seaside walk where a lot of foreign restaurants are aligned, with their terrace tables.
At the end of this walk, you will find the Murray Building, housing a few restaurants as well and a shopping mall.
Some of the restaurants in Murray Building has terrace seatings with a seaview. There is a tapas buffet at "El Cid", a spanish restaurant, from 3 to 5 pm and it costs around 100 HKD. The price is quite reasonable for the food and the relaxing environment.
The Stanley Market I remember is very different from the one you will find today. Back in the late '70s/early '80s the market was an open air market where you could find designer jeans (remember jordace and gloria vanderbilt) mixed in with live produce (they would cut off a chicken head while you waited). One of my favorite memories of Stanley Market was my father getting what he thought was a jelly donut only to find out that it was filled with plum paste.
Today, Stanley Market is still a place to find silk goods in Western sizes and all things Chinese. It is a major tourist attraction so expect lots of crowds, especially on weekends.
With regard to bargaining, some stores have signs explicitly stating "no bargaining," but do not be deterred from haggling to your best ability, especially if you are buying more than one article. However, given Stanley's masses of visitors you have to be really good to get a sizable discount.
The market is open from 9am to 6pm
Go to the Stanley Markets...there are lots of things to look at and buy.
I was amazed at the many different stalls...a lot were womens clothes (pyjamas and such) but there were all types of stalls in there. It was a bit hot and smelly under the covers though so we didn't last in there too long...
The Stanley area has a few shops and some western cafes. It is a reasonably nice water front. It can be done in a day going to nearby Aberdeen also.
This is not a can't miss thing, but if you've had enough of the big city it is good for a change of pace.
Stanley is a beautiful place combining exciting watersports, fun shopping, open-air restaurants and street celebration at times of festivals.
Stanley Market is a main reason attracting tourists. There're many stalls offering various low-price goods. Besides, also don't miss the beach, the Military Cemetery, Stanley Plaza and Stanley Main Street alongside.
Bus No. 6, 6A, 6X, or 260 from Exchange Square can take you there.