Stanley is a popular spot for filming. Keep your eyes open for the stars of Chinese films and soap-operas!
Stanley is a distinctly English-sounding town found on the peninsula of Hong Kong Island. It took its name from Lord Stanley, the British Colonial Secretary at the time of the cession of Hong Kong to the UK. He later become Prime Minister. The town’s original, Chinese name was Chek Chue. This is thought to be derived from the Cantonese Chak Chue, literally meaning Bandit’s Post, because legend has it the notorious pirate Cheung Po Tsai once ruled the waters here.
The pirates are long gone these days: now it’s a thriving hub of commerce centred on the famous Stanley Market. This market is a maze of little alleys that funnel you from one shop or stall to the next. You can find just about anything here, from clothes to food to knick-knacks and traditional Chinese souvenirs. It’s a typically riotous street market, so expect to do some bargaining.
Stanley is bet known for its market, but it offers much more besides. It is a lovely seaside village and Stanley Min Beach is perfect for relaxing with a book, or even for some windsurfing. The Waterfront Promenade is a world away from the madness of Central in Hong Kong, and that’s why Hong Kong residents love to make the trip here for the weekend.
Walk along the waterfront and you will discover two fascinating colonial buildings: Murray House and Blake Pier, both with their own story. Murray House was moved here brick by brick from Central, and this wonderfully restored former colonial barracks is home to various restaurants and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Close by, the Blake Pier stretches out over the water, a tranquil spot that has resisted the winds of change.
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