Day 6 Kowloon Walled City Park and an afternoon in Stanley

Our first stop this morning was to take the ferry from North Point across to Kowloon, from where we caught a bus to Kowloon Walled City Park.  This small, historic park was the site of the former Kowloon Walled City, a Chinese garrison in the 19th century that remained part of China throughout the British rule.

We took the MRT to Central and walked across to the Exchange bus station for a bus to Stanley.  We sat upstairs for good views on the journey to Stanley, passing the scenic Repulse Bay on the way.  Stanley is located on a peninsula along the south coast of Hong Kong Island.   We looked round Stanley market which was surprisingly much quieter than when I had visited several years ago.

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Stanley Market

The market is a warren of narrow lanes selling everything from silk dressing gowns to electrical goods.  We found that the market traders usually negotiated on their marked prices when we were interested in their products.  Since my previous visit,  little had changed.  We were tempted to buy a few gifts before finding a small cafe upstairs for some lunch.

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Stanley Harbour

Finally,  it was time for a walk around the bay which, in the afternoon sunshine, was looking beautiful.  We walked to the end of the coastal path where a small temple is built into the rock face.

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Stanley Harbour and Blake Pier

It was so peaceful, and it’s hard to believe that it’s only a few miles from the hustle and bustle of Central.     We returned our shopping bags to the hotel, had a rest and freshened up in readiness for the anticipation of an exciting evening to come!

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6 thoughts on “Day 6 Kowloon Walled City Park and an afternoon in Stanley

    1. Hi, Thank you for reading some of my posts and making contact with me! I love Hong Kong and am returning in March for another visit followed by our first ever visit to Taiwan. I’m really excited about visiting there and we have been planning our itinerary. The food looks amazing – I’m looking forward to sampling many of the local delicacies.

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        1. It will be my 5th visit so we will revert sit some firm favourites and also plan to take a few walking trails and visit some lesser known spots. The following week will be based in Taipei with sightseeing in the city, some day trips to other parts of the north of the island coupled with some shorter hikes. Is Street Food labelled in English or do you just have to point and hope it tastes nice. We like most things but don’t fancy Stinky Tofu!

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          1. Lucky you! I haven’t got any plans finalised but I really can’t wait to get back, there’s a few hikes that I missed out on that I want to do and all my favourite restaurants that I want to go to. I don’t know you’re hiking level but if you’re up for something longer and with a lot of variety in Hong Kong then this (http://hikehongkong.blogspot.tw/2014/06/lai-chi-wo-ghost-village.html?m=1 ) is a very enjoyable walk. I did it towards the end of my time there and it became on of my favourite walks. (I also love the Lantau trail and walked it several times.)

            In Taiwan a lot of the street food is labelled, especially in Taipei, but I’m vegetarian so I tend to eat at vegetarian places (there are loads!) more than street food stalls. And since coming here I’ve become a stinky tofu concert (seriously – I bought a whole portion just for myself yesterday…I need to do all the hiking just to counteract all the eating), but not all stinky tofu is equal, some are delicious.

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