To Stanley Market from Repulse Bay
Located on the South Side of Hong Kong Island the
district of Repulse Bay is known for its wide clean beach,
the many up-market residential blocks, and for the now
long-gone Repulse Bay Hotel. Hikers also appreciate it as
the point you see while hiking Wilson Trail section 1, while
Hong Kong history buffs will find plenty to debate regarding
the origin of the name and its importance during WWII.
Today's visitors are most likely going to the beach to
swim or sunbath, or perhaps visit the kitsch Kwun Yam Shrine
which sits incongruously at the end of the sandy beach. With
its 1970s style tile mosaic and quasi-traditional Chinese
Longevity Bridge it is also a working Taoist Temple
dedicated to Kwun Yum and Tin Hau.
beach itself is artificially extended and much of the sand
there is not originally beach sand, but dredged from
elsewhere. Hence parts of it tend to be course compared to
some other beaches in Hong Kong, but that doesn't stop it
being a popular swimming spot. And families with small
children appreciate the shaded areas from the many trees
which grow in the sand, as well as the good clean public
facilities at the beach such as the Fast food kiosk,
Changing room, shower facilities, toilet, raft, playground
and beach volleyball court. Lifeguard services run
from the first of March through to the end of November.
Although quite close to Stanley market, both being in the
Southern District, there are limited transport options
between Repulse Bay and Stanley. Busses are your best bet
here as they are very frequent and run at all times of the
day, while the usual Hong Kong go-to of a Taxi is much more
hit-and-miss. Walking along the coast is also a
possibility, as is hiking up the hill and down again, but
only during suitable weather.
Option 1 - Busses
The southern district is well served by busses, and many
routes go through Repulse Bay, though they do not stop at
- Go to the bus stop at Repulse Bay Road, outside The
Repulse Bay / Old Repulse Bay Hotel
- Catch any of these busses: 973, 65, 260, 6, 63, 6A,
6X or 73 . Avoid the 66, but any bus that says
"Stanley market" or "Stanley Prison" or "Stanley fort"
- Select bus 6 for interesting views as you go over
the hill, or 260, 6A and 6X if you want the faster
- Pay exact change or use an Octopus card, the fare
will be about $5 per person depending on which bus you
- Watch the bus stop names displayed on the screen at
the front of the bus, you need to get off at Stanley
Village, which is about 12 stops. Don't get off at
any of the earlier "Stanley" stops such as "Stanley
Gap", "Stanley Mound" etc.
- Many people will alight at the correct stop so it is
easy to see when you arrive there, but if you miss the
stop and go on to Wong Ma Kok Road get off here at once
and it is only 10 minutes walk back.
- After alighting from the bus walk back a few steps
to the crossing, cross the road, and walk down the slope
- The market is directly ahead of you as you go down
More about bus routes
Option 2 - Green Minibus
The route 40 GMB passes along the same route as the regular
busses and there is an official stop near the same point. But
unlike other buses with green minibuses you can flag them down
anywhere to get on, but being only 16 seaters they are often
At HK$5.60 it is approximately the same price, and probably
quite a bit faster. But some people find the rather enthusiastic
driving of the GMB captains to be a little much for their
Option 3 - Walking
As the distance is not that great walking is certainly a
possibility, and there are several choices of routes. It will
take about an hour to walk, but the route is quite hilly at
times so would not be recommended unless you need the exercise
to go with the admittedly great views.
- Walk along Repulse Bay Road with the sea on your right,
so you are going south and follow it up past the buildings
and onto the hillside.
- Get to the point where Repulse Bay Road becomes Stanley Gap
Road, and there is a right hand turning signposted Stanley
Plaza. Cross the road and look for the pedestrian steps only
- This long steep, narrow, staircase goes through a wooded
area and is a great chance to see the natural trees and
small wildlife that lives in Hong Kong, but is not suitable
for the infirm, small children or strollers. At the
bottom of the steps
- You are on Cape Road turn left and continue onto Carmel
Road. When you reach Stanley Plaza enter the plaza and take the
escalators down to the seafront level.
- Exit the plaza, cross the open space to the roundabout
beside the temple.
- Walk along the seafront past the restaurants until you
find the market on your left.
There are also more strenuous routes that involve hiking up
the hills, for better exercise and better views. More details
can be found about
Wilson Trail Section 1 of which this route mostly consists.