Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Walking Tour: Stanley

This walking tour is the first from the far side of Hong Kong Island. You need to take the bus or a private car to get to Stanley, but it is well worth the trip.

Arrive at Stanley Plaza, the local shopping mall. You can park here and then walk down the steps by the Banyan trees.

There's an open square with a clean, healthy vibe.

Walk past the kids' playground on your right.

Past the playground there's a homely temple

It was particularly busy during Chinese New Year, and you could almost see the smoke from all the incense floating out the door.

Walk along the paved corridor to your left. It's a straight shot from the temple to the sea.

At the waterfront you'll find the Maritime Museum.

There are tasteful nautical decorations nearby.

The museum is in the old ferry terminal building.

From the pavement just outside you can see the pier on your right.

Look left to see the fishing sampans and the rest of Stanley village.

Since it was a public holiday, all the boats seemed to be in the bay.

Turn left and walk along the boardwalk.

First, you'll see another little temple...

...but the rest of the street is filled with Western restaurants and pubs.

We saw pretty village houses...

...and quite a few dogs wearing clothes.

At the end of the street, turn left and walk past the Fishermen's Recreation Club.

Follow the colors to the shop at the end of the street.

You can stop for a fresh coconut drink if you need a break.

Turn right in the direction of more shops.

At this point you're on Stanley Market Road.

Turn right again and make your way into the market.

You'll see little shops selling clothes in the alleyways.

Stanley Market caters to tourists.

They have something for everyone.

It wasn't too crowded on the day we were there. Many of the shopkeepers were making the most of the holiday.

When you emerge from the market, you'll find you've made a loop back to the water.

Look across the bay to the pier you saw earlier.

And then make your way back along the waterfront.

Say goodbye to one more dog wearing clothes before you head home.


  1. It looks like Stanley hasn't changed much since I last went. The bus ride there is one of my favorites anywhere, and always made me think of a European riviera. I can't wait to go back! The people in your last photo were dressed for winter. I hope it's not too cold there.

  2. I was wondering when you'd do a Stanley tour, since I grew up here :) Though of course it had changed a lot since I left...

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