Stanley is a famous and scenic location, known for its beaches, scenery, morning market, and also its nightlife.
We woke up early on our last day to make that trip to Stanley to check out the market, which was known for being a shopping haven for tourists.
I would highly recommend taking a bus ride to Stanley; just ask a local if you are not sure which bus to take:)
Trust me, nothing beats the bus ride all the way up the winding road to Stanley (it reminds me of our very own Batu Ferringhi stretch of long and winding road in Penang).
The bus is a comfy double decker, and of course, nothing beats the view of the upper deck:)
It will be one memorable and thrilling, not to mention exhilarating as you experience the skills of the driver around the winding road.
(not for those who gets carsick easily:)
The journey from our location takes us through the streets and main roads
Then we were going uphill; passing by the high rise residences on the way (Hong Kong is full of them everywhere, as mentioned, due to the high population)
Spot the famous building at Repulse Bay; the hole through the condominium :)
If you have the time, you can enjoy the beach at Repulse Bay
Get off at Stanley Market, this is the destination to most of Stanley's tourist attractions!
You will find yourself on the opposite side of the road, but just cross the road and you will find yourself facing rows of shops and stalls selling flowers and fruits, and yes, that IS Stanley market.
The market is good for souvenir shopping and also a couple of interesting items:
1. Silk ties (good prices; a tie could cost only USD$1-2!)
If you are an avid shopper, be prepared to spend an hour or so here.
We were sticking to our tight schedule as we had a lot of places to cover on our last day, and we did not really shop much here (maybe not suitable for me either:p )
We took a stroll down the scenic walkway facing the famous Murray House, which is a Victorian era style building relocated from Central, and is a heritage landmark due to its history. This building is also the face of Stanley (main landmark)
Al-fresco dining area
View of the sea
This is also similar to our Gurney Drive in Penang:)
Pubs which come to to life at night; yes, Stanley is famous for the nightlife.
It is sufficient to allocate 3-4 hours to Stanley; including the bus ride which approximates to 30-45 minutes one way, depening on your starting point.
There are other attractions in Stanley; such as the famous Thean Hou temple but it was quite a distance to walk from the market, therefore we skipped it. If you are interested, you could probably take that short walk to Murray House and the temple for a closer view.
There are road signs and directories on the streets to guide you, and there are also the locals.
We left Stanley by noon, to proceed to lunch downtown and to our next destinations:)
To be continued...