Overview of Stanley Market:
Stanley market is a massive magnet for tourists, and while it wouldn’t be fair to label it a tourist trap, it certainly isn’t geared towards locals. Lacking the boisterous and brash sellers and passionate haggling of other Hong Kong markets, Stanley market is, instead, a good warm-up before moving on to some of the more major markets. Sellers here are, in general, more used to tourists, speak better English and stock many souvenirs and Chinese gifts. Despite what you might hear, prices are not a rip off, although you shouldn’t expect any of the bargains associated with other Hong Kong markets.
The market is fairly small by Hong Kong standards, spreading along just two streets. The good news is that it’s fairly well covered, keeping both the rain and the sun at bay.
Do Go For:
- An easy introduction to Hong Kong markets
Don’t Go For:
- The real rough and tumble of Hong Kong markets
Stanley Market Road, Stanley
How to Get to Stanley
The best time to go is in the morning, before the sun really starts beating down and before the hordes of crowds arrive. The market is probably at its business just after lunchtime.
What to Buy:
- Silk clothing
- Sports clothing
- Hong Kong themed souvenirs
- Chinese embroidered linen and clothing
- Chinese calligraphy – one of the most popular purchases is having your English name transcribed into Chinese.