Today I’ve had Stanley on my list. Stanley is a district and a tourist attraction. It is located on a peninsula on southern Hong Kong Island. Stanley is famous amongst the tourists mainly because of its street markets and nice location on the coast.
I hopped on the bus, which took me to Stanley in 30mins. It was a nice ride along the coast through Repulse Bay, another area of Hong Kong. Passing through Repulse Bay, you will instantly notice the really big and tall apartment building, which has a giant hole in the middle. Hong Kong people are strong followers of Feng- Shui. Their folklore says dragons, the bearers of good fortune, live in the mountains north of the building; the hole gives the dragon access to the water, south of complex, and encourages them to pass through. If as an example, you would build that building without a hole, located with the hill on the backside where the dragon lives and to the front side the ocean, which is the water source for the dragon, you could be certain that the dragon will get angry as he cannot reach the water and he could tear down the building.
I love stories like that
Anyways, once I reached Stanley I made my way down to the bay. It had a very Mediterranean touch. Lovely atmosphere, the street lined with many small restaurants. The market was tucked into the very narrow alleyways, jam-packed with stalls selling from cheap clothes, souvenirs, paintings, electronic gadgets, almost anything touristy :o) It was so much fun to watch.
It took me about 2hrs until I was fed up with all the shopping, many tourists and the noise :o) So, I took the bus back to the hotel and relaxed a bit.
As the weather cleared up a tiny bit, I decided to try my luck on the Peak this evening. With an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island, hence you have the most stunning views over the city. My plan was to go up there right before sunset to take pictures with daylight/ during sunset and at night all together. I took the bus and taxi to reach the peak. The ride up to the top, especially taking the taxi or bus, will take you along a really curvy road with views on some of the most expensive properties in the world. In May 2010 a house at Barker Road (where Hong Kong's most expensive residential buildings are located) sold for HK$1.8 billion. At HK$68,228 per square foot, it is the most expensive location in the world.
The cab driver dropped me of at The Peak building. The place was crowwddeeeed with people. My goodness. I decided to take the walk along the summit, as I expected most people to be too lazy and make use of the more convenient view platform right there J I did read somewhere that this “walking- to” place was more secret and offered amazing views. I started walking. Kept on going, and going and going. I realized eventually, that I was on the complete opposite side of the hill from where the city is located. So, I had to walk 2.5km to reach the point I wanted to be. I also realized, that if I would have started off in the opposite direction, I would have had to walk only about 500m to the viewing spot. Well done Cindy. Good thing my legs didn’t hurt like h&%$ (yeah right J).
Anyhow, the views were fantastic and so much worth the walk.
But there was still more to see. I still hadn’t visited the Temple Street Night Market. Alright, so all across the city I went. Nights in Hong Kong are pretty spectacular.
As the skyline looked just awesome from the top, I also decided to keep going and take these pictures of the skyline from across again…hehe …but this time with a fully charged camera.
The pictures turned out pretty- awesome. I think, :o). You can take a look in my pictures section and let me know if you agree….or not J
I'm Cindy. I love to board planes which bring me to new and unexpected places. Born in Switzerland am I currently living/working in Maldives.