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Stanley: recall Hong Kong’s colonial past and unwind in charming seaside town

Written by South China Morning Post (Morning Studio)

Announcement
Announcement

Lifeguard services are not currently available at Stanley Main Beach in view of the latest COVID-19 situation. Please refer to LCSD's website for details. The public should not swim at the beach without lifeguard services in order to avoid accidents.

This former fishing village played an important part in Hong Kong’s history as the British colonialist government’s earliest administrative centre before it moved to Victoria City, now Central District. The picturesque seaside town, with its sandy beach, enticing daily market and popular waterside restaurants and bars, was named after Lord Stanley, Britain’s colonial secretary, at the time of the territory’s 1841 cession. Evocative places such as Old Stanley Police Station, Stanley Post Office and Stanley Military Cemetery, and stylish landmarks of Murray House and Blake Pier — both relocated from Central — provide eye-catching photo opportunities and timeless reminders of old Hong Kong.

ASMR in Stanley

Refuel

Many shops and supermarkets are available on Stanley Main Street and in Stanley Plaza.

  • Stanley Main Beach

    Stanley Main Beach, which offers a safe environment for swimming, is a popular choice, particularly among families with young children.

    Get me there
  • Stanley Market

    Take your time to explore the daily market’s labyrinth of enticing stores and stalls selling a huge range of items from costume jewellery, affordable clothing and sportswear to toys, herbal teas, bric-a-brac souvenirs and even paintings by local artists. Check out the vibrantly patterned tableware — which includes plates, bowls and teapots — that comes in a range of colours and motifs, and is often on sale, especially if you’re looking to furnish your new apartment.

    Get me there
  • Murray House

    Iconic Murray House, situated on Stanley’s waterfront, stands prominent thanks to its colonial-era facade and what appear to be Roman columns greeting visitors at its entrance. Built in1846, Murray House is one of the oldest Western-style buildings in Hong Kong. The building was originally located in Central and used as government offices and barracks for the British Army. It was dismantled in 1982 and reassembled in its new home in 2000. Today, visitors visit the Victorian-era building for its shops, and to dine at the seafood and German restaurants, which now occupy the space.

    Get me there
  • Blake Pier

    Blake Pier also originally stood in Central on the waterfront at the end of Pedder Street, facing Des Voeux Road Central. Named after Sir Henry Blake, Hong Kong’s 12th governor, it once served as a landing place for new governors and British royal dignitaries visiting Hong Kong. Its elegant cast-iron roof was dismantled and moved to Morse Park in Kowloon before being rebuilt in 2007 atop a new pier alongside Murray House. Today, visitors tend to head to the pier to board a kaito service to Po Toi Island. The pier is also a nice place to watch the sunset and enjoy the sea breeze.

    Get me there
  • Stanley Main Street

    To unwind, take a relaxing stroll as you enjoy the sea views along Stanley Main Street — a popular shopping and dining destination right on the waterfront. The collection of restaurants and bars with tables looking out across Stanley Bay are particularly popular among both locals and visitors. They offer popular pub grub staples, such as fish and chips, burgers and steaks, and drinks, including local craft beers, wines and spirits.

    Get me there

Transport

Getting to Stanley

From Central, take bus 6, 6x or 260 from Exchange Square (MTR Central Station Exit A / MTR Hong Kong Station Exit B1) to Stanley Village Bus Terminus.
From Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay, take minibus 40 or 40X to Stanley Village.

Leaving from Stanley

Take bus 6, 6X or 260 from Stanley Village Bus Terminus, or minibus 40 or 40X from Stanley Village to return to MTR Central and Hong Kong stations or Causeway Bay, respectively.

More Routes

Antiquity

Stanley: recall Hong Kong’s colonial past and unwind in charming seaside town

Written by South China Morning Post (Morning Studio)

Announcement
Announcement

Lifeguard services are not currently available at Stanley Main Beach in view of the latest COVID-19 situation. Please refer to LCSD's website for details. The public should not swim at the beach without lifeguard services in order to avoid accidents.

This former fishing village played an important part in Hong Kong’s history as the British colonialist government’s earliest administrative centre before it moved to Victoria City, now Central District. The picturesque seaside town, with its sandy beach, enticing daily market and popular waterside restaurants and bars, was named after Lord Stanley, Britain’s colonial secretary, at the time of the territory’s 1841 cession. Evocative places such as Old Stanley Police Station, Stanley Post Office and Stanley Military Cemetery, and stylish landmarks of Murray House and Blake Pier — both relocated from Central — provide eye-catching photo opportunities and timeless reminders of old Hong Kong.

ASMR in Stanley

Refuel

Many shops and supermarkets are available on Stanley Main Street and in Stanley Plaza.

Stanley Main Beach

Stanley Main Beach, which offers a safe environment for swimming, is a popular choice, particularly among families with young children.

See more...
Get me there
Stanley Market

Take your time to explore the daily market’s labyrinth of enticing stores and stalls selling a huge range of items from costume jewellery, affordable clothing and sportswear to toys, herbal teas, bric-a-brac souvenirs and even paintings by local artists. Check out the vibrantly patterned tableware — which includes plates, bowls and teapots — that comes in a range of colours and motifs, and is often on sale, especially if you’re looking to furnish your new apartment.

See more...
Get me there
Murray House

Iconic Murray House, situated on Stanley’s waterfront, stands prominent thanks to its colonial-era facade and what appear to be Roman columns greeting visitors at its entrance. Built in1846, Murray House is one of the oldest Western-style buildings in Hong Kong. The building was originally located in Central and used as government offices and barracks for the British Army. It was dismantled in 1982 and reassembled in its new home in 2000. Today, visitors visit the Victorian-era building for its shops, and to dine at the seafood and German restaurants, which now occupy the space.

See more...
Get me there
Blake Pier

Blake Pier also originally stood in Central on the waterfront at the end of Pedder Street, facing Des Voeux Road Central. Named after Sir Henry Blake, Hong Kong’s 12th governor, it once served as a landing place for new governors and British royal dignitaries visiting Hong Kong. Its elegant cast-iron roof was dismantled and moved to Morse Park in Kowloon before being rebuilt in 2007 atop a new pier alongside Murray House. Today, visitors tend to head to the pier to board a kaito service to Po Toi Island. The pier is also a nice place to watch the sunset and enjoy the sea breeze.

See more...
Get me there
Stanley Main Street

To unwind, take a relaxing stroll as you enjoy the sea views along Stanley Main Street — a popular shopping and dining destination right on the waterfront. The collection of restaurants and bars with tables looking out across Stanley Bay are particularly popular among both locals and visitors. They offer popular pub grub staples, such as fish and chips, burgers and steaks, and drinks, including local craft beers, wines and spirits.

See more...
Get me there

Transport

Getting to Stanley

From Central, take bus 6, 6x or 260 from Exchange Square (MTR Central Station Exit A / MTR Hong Kong Station Exit B1) to Stanley Village Bus Terminus.
From Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay, take minibus 40 or 40X to Stanley Village.

Leaving from Stanley

Take bus 6, 6X or 260 from Stanley Village Bus Terminus, or minibus 40 or 40X from Stanley Village to return to MTR Central and Hong Kong stations or Causeway Bay, respectively.

More Routes

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