To Stanley Market from Mongkok
gained fame when it was listed as the most densely populated
place on Earth, but really it is not different to much of
the rest of the city of Hong Kong in that there is
commercial and retail near street level, with residential
This is really an extension of the old concept of the "shop
house", or "tong lau", which is itself no different from
"living above the shop". While the in modern Hong Kong there
may be 30 or more storey of flats above the shops below, and
it is unlikely that the owner of the shop should be living
actually above it, the mix of residential and commercial
makes for very compact living.
But even with the large population of Mongkok there are more
shops, restaurants, malls, Karaoke and cinemas than the
residents need and the district actually caters to shoppers
from all over Hong Kong, if not beyond.
Attractions such as Ladies' Market,
The Fa Yuen Street market (pictured), the Goldfish Market and
Apliu Street or "mens street" all within a few minutes walk
of each other make Mongkok a must visit district for any
visitor to Hong Kong.
Fitting a visit to Ladies' Market and Stanley
Market in the same days is challenging, as they both are
most interesting around the same time in the afternoon. But
it is certainly doable if you want to have a the total Hong
Kong market shopping experience.
As Mongkok is in the northern part of Kowloon, while Stanley
Market is on the southern side of Hong Kong Island the trip
is one of the longer ones within the city, and of course
involves crossing Victoria Harbour. There are a number
of ways the trip can be done but here are some recommended
Option 1 - Taxi - Star Ferry - Taxi
The iconic Red Taxi of Hong Kong is fast, efficient and good
value. But one quirk of the HK Taxi is that those from
Kowloon side prefer to stay on Kowloon side, and the same
goes for the ones on Hong Kong Island. Its mostly due
to their familiarity with the roads in their "home" area,
and if pushed they will go across the harbour, but why not
break up what would be a long car ride with the equally
iconic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour? It's a deal
made in sightseeing heaven.
- Find a taxi rank, there are many in Mongkok but if
you have been at Ladies' Market try walking to the
southern end, turn left and find one right outside the
Medical Centre, a dull pink building
- Ask the driver for Star Ferry Kowloon Pier, every
driver knows this.
- When dropped outside the Star Ferry pier enter and
pay HK$2.50 to cross to Central
- At Central find the nearby taxi rank by walking up
the short slope and stay right past the tourist bus
- Ask the driver for "Stanley Market", and say to go
via Aberdeen Tunnel
- The taxi can take you right to the entrance of the
The first taxi fare will be about HK$50, the ferry $2.50, and
the second taxi about $120 including the tunnel toll. The big
advantage of this route is of course the Star Ferry trip which,
while only less than 10 minutes in duration, allows you an
unrivaled view of the Victoria Harbour.
Option 2 - Bus - Star Ferry - Bus
The bus services around Kowloon are frequently and routes
going via Mongkok, often along Nathan Road, are frequent. As
a cheap means of transport they are great, and allow the
visitor to have a taste of a real local experience. Except
at the morning rush hour they are not over-crowded and
getting a window seat, particularly on the upper deck, is a
great way to see the sights of the city.
- Find your way to Nathan Road by following signs to
the MTR station, as the entrances are all next to Nathan
- Take any of these southbound bus: 1, 1A or 2 directly to
- Board the ferry on the Upper Deck, paying HK$2.50
for the ride
Cross Victoria Harbour - take lots of photographs!
- Alight at Central Pier 8
- Walk inland, away from the pier on the blue overhead
- Turn right off the walkway at the third right hand
junction, outside the Stock Exchange
- Take the escalator down to street level
- Find the stop for bus 260, 6, 6X or 6A.
- Take any of these buses, but 260 for preference
- Select bus 6 for interesting views as you go over
the hill, or 260, 6A and 6X if you want the faster
- Sit at the upper front for the best views, but not
if you are scared of heights
- Watch the electronic sign inside the name of the stop,
after the tunnel it is about 10 more stops
- Alight at "Stanley Village Road", don't get off at
Stanley Plaza which comes first but is not next to the
- Cross the road and walk down the slope. The market is
right in front of you.
This route combines the nice harbour cruising experience of
taking the Star Ferry, with the budget benefits of the
public bus. It's best for single travelers for who the Taxi
routes are quite expensive on a per-head basis.
Option 3 - MTR - Bus
As there is a Mong Kok MTR station, yes they spell it as two
words instead of one, it is possible to make part of the
trip on the underground railway. Fast, cheap and safe it is
comfortable except at rush hour. And while you don't see as
much of the city as above ground on a bus or a taxi it is
faster and more reliable, there are no traffic jams
underground. Unfortunately there is no MTR all the way to
Stanley though, and in fact the closest MTR station at
Kennedy Town doesn't have good transport links to Stanley.
There is a way however, by changing to a bus at Admiralty
that works just fine.
- Walk to the Mong Kok MTR station, it is well
signposted everywhere in Mongkok
- Enter the station and pay with Octopus or single
ticket for a trip to Admiralty
- Take the Tuen Wan towards Central
- Alight at Admiralty, the platform walls are blue
- Exit the station, using the Exit marked "C" and when
it branches "C1"
- Turn immediately right as you exit onto the main
road of Queensway, oposit the Pacific Place Mall
- There is a bus stop immediately there, wait for bus
260, 6, 6A or 6X.
- Follow instructions for the bus as above
Or for more about
buses to Stanley, click here
If you like trains, or don't like boats, then selecting this
route is a no brainer. But if you are just avoiding the boat
but don't like trains, then there is another way below.
Option 4 -Bus all the way
Unfortunately you can't take a bus the entire way, as the
two different bus companies who cover Kowloon and Hong Kong
island do not have combined routes. But you can change from
one bus to another to accomplish the same thing, though with
a little waiting.
- Catch bus 104 from Nathan Road, near Argyle Centre
- Take it as far as Chiu Kwong Street, in Queen's Road
West, just outside the police station
- Walk up the hill beside the police station past
First, Second and Third Streets
- On the road up see the traditional shops such as the
bamboo steamer shop
- Where the road bends outside the school find the bus
- Take the 973 bus from here to Stanley Market
- Alight at Stanley Village road, as described above.