Market, located in the southeast part of Hong Kong Island,
is a dry market frequented by tourists. There are the usual
oriental-looking gifts you can find and more (like ski suits).
You can even get a Chinese stone seal made with your Chinese
name engraved on it. You don't have a Chinese name? No problem.
They will give you one on the spot - much faster than it
took your parents, I'd bet. Left: shops at Stanley Market
List of products spotted there include:
- silk clothing
- clothing, clothing, & clothing
- oriental products
For shopping in the market, you should go
during the day because most stores in the market seem to
be closed in the evening. And whether you want to or not, they know you're a tourist and will set
the prices accordingly. So feel free to bargain with them. They always have a calculator ready to negotiate
with you on your purchase.
And there's no sales tax in HK, yet.
But then in addition to the market, there is a strip
by the water with a row of bars and restaurants. Many of them
have outdoors dining in the weekends when the street is closed
off to motorized vehicles.
Left: street in Stanley with sidewalk cafes and restaurant
Being away from the busy urban Hong Kong, coupled with a view of the Stanley Bay with its yachts and boats, restaurants in Stanley give you a leisurely feel. A great place to meet up with friends. But then one drawback is the higher prices.
And then down
the road is a small shopping center plus a historical building
that was moved there stone by stone (shown
to the left). The rustic building, Murray House,
is now home to a few fine restaurants. One seems to have
live music every night - a trio singing from table to table!
The adjacent Stanley Beach is the location of dragon boat
races during the Dragon
Boat Festival. Drawing participants from both the local
fishermen and the corporate expatriats, it has become quite