Probably the most popular day out from Hong Kong proper, Stanley Village Hong Kong is just a forty minute bus ride from Central. Once a quaint fishing village, this seaside town is popular with moneyed locals, and is now host to a string of restaurants and bars along its waterfront promenade.
Famed for both its market and its beaches, Stanley Village Hong Kong is well worth a trip if you're spending more than a couple of days in Hong Kong.
How to get to Stanley?
Stanley is only served by buses and light minbuses and not by the MTR, yet. You can find out where to catch the bus and which service in our How to Get to Stanley article.
What to See?
Stanley Market – Firmly geared to tourists, Stanley Market is generally overpriced and features a poor selection compared to other Hong Kong markets. However, the rabbit warren of streets is attractive, and during weekends is positively bursting with tourists. Stanley Market is the best place for picking up T-Shirts and keyrings, as well as everything in between, with your name inscribed in elegant Chinese lettering.
Murray House – Amazingly moved here brick by brick from Central, this beautifully restored former colonial barracks now hosts restaurants and bars, as well as the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The various columns stood outside are the few pieces that the architects couldn't slot back into the jigsaw. You'll see the columned building standing at the end of Stanley Main Street.
Stanley Main Beach – The major attraction for locals, Stanley Main Beach is set on the far side of the town, but reached on foot in just ten minutes from Stanley proper along Stanley Beach Road. The beach is sandy, the water reasonably clean and armed with shark nets, but the beach tends to fill up quickly at weekends.
Stanley Military Cementary – The final resting place for many British, Canadian and Hong Kong soldiers who died defending the then colony against invading Japanese forces in 1941, or in the subsequent Japanese occupation, the graveyard is a moving and lasting memorial to their heroism. There are also graves dating back as far as the 1850's. The graveyard is along Wong Ma Kok Road.
Former Stanley Police Station – A testament to Hong Kong's colonial past, and tasteless approach to heritage conservation, this cool white colonial structure has been turned into a Wellcome supermarket. Luckily, amongst the eggs and the toilet rolls, the original interior has been maintained. The building is opposite the bus stop.