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“Gorgeous location but not much to do”
Review of Stanley, Hong Kong

Stanley, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong Island Half-Day Tour
Ranked #24 of 815 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: Stanley is very different to other parts of Hong Kong, or completely different from what you think about Hong Kong. Stanley, located at the southern of Hong Kong island, is much more relaxed with beaches, hills and coves. You will find the western atmosphere in this small Chinese town.
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New York
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“Gorgeous location but not much to do”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

This spot is gorgeous! The water looks beautiful and it's a really scenic drive across windy mountainside roads to get here. The only drawback (for me anyway) is it's a really commercial spot so you almost don't feel like you're in Hong Kong at all. The street facing the water is lined with Western bars and restaurants—hardly any Chinese characters in sight. I think it makes for a great 1-hour stop though, but if you're on a tight schedule, I'd probably skip this.

Visited November 2012
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“Perfect for a by the sea afternoon”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Stanley looks like a small seaside town, with a small pier and promenade and also a famous market. We didn't buy anything there, but had lunch in one of the sea view restaurants and walked around. it's not a must do in HK, but is very nice to enjoy the afternoon there and breath fresh air.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Pleasant Saturday at Stanley”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We had briefly visited Stanley market when we went on a half day tour but as we could only stay for about 30 minutes, we decided to go there via public transport. With the assistance of the concierge at the hotel were we were staying at Quarry Bay, this was easily done, as the area is well served by local buses. We initially spent quite a bit of time strolling around the market and picked up a few bargains, including a fantastic Greg Norman pure cotton jumper for my golf loving partner for less than $20 AUD. Remember to be prepared to negotiate the prices with most stall holders coming down to around half the original asking price. After our shopping, we walked to the nearby board walk area where there are a number of pubs and cafes which have both indoor and outdoor dining areas and had a very tasty and quite inexpensive lunch. It was very enjoyable, sitting out in the sun and gazing across the nearby water. After lunch, we strolled down to the Stanley Plaza which is a bit more upmarket than the market, with a range of cafes and stores. There was a great play area for children and there were heaps of families enjoying a pleasant Saturday morning. Overall, a very enjoyable experience and a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the more urban areas of Hong Kong!

Visited January 2013
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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“Stanley St Markets”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

These were wonderful. Lots to see, plenty of bargains and we had a great few hours wandering around and spending our money. Well worth the effort to get there. We used the Hop on Hop off bus to get there.

Visited June 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“British Outpost”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Stanley looks like an English sea side resort, with apartments & hotels lining the boardwalk. There are a large % of non Chinese cafes & bars. We wandered through the market which had a multitude of different stalls, some selling quality goods. Less crowded than the city markets on the day we visited.

Visited January 2013
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