An afternoon in Stanley, Hong Kong
Yearning to escape the high rise buildings, and fast pace of life in the heart of Hong Kong; we headed to the village of Stanley. Originally a traditional fishing village, Stanley offers a space to relax with some peace and quiet. You can get to Stanley various different ways, from the MTR to Causeway Bay and onto the 40 minibus, or 16M from Wan Chai. There are also several busses you could take from Central on the 6, 6A, 6X , 66 or 260.
Although Stanley is fairly small, it's a nice way to spend an afternoon on the beach. Not far from where the busses stop, you'll find a relatively large shopping centre, where in the summer months - you'll be thankful for the air conditioning for an hour or two walking around. After that take a stroll down Blake pier to watch the sun set in over the ocean and surrounding peninsula. Head to Paisano's pizzeria for a giant slice of pizza for a quick bite to eat, or try the local spots for a more traditional experience. Make sure you scope out the local dessert options too. Try the egg bubble waffles, or if that's not to your fancy the ice creams - take a chance on purple sweet potato or sesame seed, you might be surprised!
One things not to miss at Stanley is the markets. Although it's not the cheapest of markets in comparison to the likes of Mong Kok, you can still barter for your bargains! There are some really lovely quality bargains to be found, from traditional crafts to handbags and jewellery. You'll find lots of colour and street art dotted around the village, which is worth looking out for. Everywhere you turn there is something new and different, with no two streets the same, Stanley will keep you busy for a while.
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