Why the Stanley is special
Stanley, the town on the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island and east of Repulse Bay, is one of the most famous attractions of Hong Kong. In Mandarin Stanley is called 'Chi-zhu', which literally means "bandit's post" or "red pillar". The original Cantonese name of the village was believed to be based on a big tall cotton tree, often covered with bright red blossoms at the time, hence red pillar in the local Hakka language. It was given an English name after Lord Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, 19th-century British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.
Stanley is much more relaxed with beaches, hills and coves, compared with other Hong Kong attractions. You will find the western atmosphere in this small Chinese town.
You will also find a wide variety of restaurants. Western food and Chinese cuisine are available in Stanley. If you miss to have supper outdoor, you can choose your favorite restaurant from seafront alfresco to pubs stocked with boutique beers, particularly along the main street. What's more, the restaurants in the restored colonial-era Murray House also provide tourists a glorious backdrop to alfresco dining.
Stanley Beach faces the Tai Tam Bay at the northeastern edge of Stanley's downtown core. Its position makes it the natural starting point for a necklace of beaches bounding Tai Tam Bay. Though water views are plentiful from the 3km seawall there is only one accessible beach perfect for swimming.
Tin Hau Temple
“Tin Hau”, the “Empress of Heaven”, was worshipped by the locals. The earliest of Tin Hau temples outside Fukien is the Tai Miu on Joss House Bay in Hong Kong, founded in 1012. Originally a sea-goddess, land-people later worshipped her as well, because of her ability to rescue people in danger.
Located on Stanley Village Road and surrounding alleyways this is a part covered, part outdoor market popular with both tourists and locals and gets particularly busy at weekends. There is a variety of shops and stalls selling a variety of casual export clothes, sportswear, accessories, artworks, antiques, jewellery, toys and souvenirs. Prices are generally cheaper than most other shopping districts but some shops here do not accept customers to “bargain” for prices. Go and find out what you can expect in our Shopping section.