"Stanley" Stanley Tip by leffe3
Stanley, Hong Kong: 20 reviews and 36 photos
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.
Address: South District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China
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