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Hong Kong Area Guides: Stanley 赤柱


  • Peaceful, though touristy, market town on the south coast of Hong Kong Island
  • Located south of Central and east of Repulse Bay
  • Colonial buildings and Chinese temples rub shoulders
  • Shopping, seafood & wind surfing at St. Stephen's Beach
  • Dragon boat races at Stanley Main Beach

Located south of Central and Wanchai and to the east of Repulse Bay on the southern shore of Hong Kong Island, the small 'town' of Stanley is known for its market stalls and waterfront bars and restaurants.

Easily reached by bus from Central or Repulse Bay to the west, Stanley is a pleasant place to stroll among the open-air and covered stalls and enjoy a seafood lunch and drink at one of its many waterfront restaurants - choose traditional British fish and chips, or Thai, Indian, Italian or local Chinese choices.

Besides being an expat dining favorite, Stanley also offers some interesting cultural attractions. Murray House, one of the ex-colony's oldest surviving structures, was moved here from Central to make room for the Bank of China. The interior of the imposing, colonnaded, stone building has been converted to house shops and restaurants and is home to the small Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

Stanley, Hong Kong, China.Stanley Market, Hong Kong, China.

Market in Stanley, Hong Kong, China

Stanley, Hong Kong.Murray House, Stanley, Hong Kong.

Stanley, Hong Kong, China

Stanley Attractions

Stanley's colorful Tin Hau Temple has its origins in the 18th century and has a framed and blackened tiger skin hung on its walls - the last one shot in Hong Kong in 1942.

The beach is rocky and shallow and not suitable for swimming but has a pleasant broadwalk in front of the row of bars and restaurants on Stanley Main Street. Lucy's for fusion and Shu Zhai for Chinese cuisine are recommended eateries on the strip, along with some home-from-home British style pubs.

Dragon Boat Races, Hong Kong, China.

Dragon Boat Races, Stanley, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong's largest Dragon boat races are held in Stanley and St. Stephen's Beach is close by, offering excellent windsurfing and kayaking possibilities. Stanley's Military Cemetery contains the graves of many victims of World War II not far from Hong Kong's top security prison.

Stanley, Hong Kong, China.Stanley Plaza, Hong Kong.

Stanley Access - Getting to Stanley

Stanley is easily reached by bus from Central. Take a #65 or #66. Bus #14 or #314 will take you to Stanley-Shek O junction to catch another bus to Shek O. Bus #973 goes to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tin Hau Temple in Stanley, Hong Kong, China.

Tin Hau Temple in Stanley, Hong Kong, China

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