Our first activity of the day 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 around Stanley market which was surprisingly much quieter than when I had visited several years before.
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.
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.
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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