To Stanley Market from Central
As the name implies the "Central" district of Hong Kong
is central, not merely geographically but in importance as
well. This is the most prestigious business district, where
the stock exchange, the banks, law courts and branded shops
are to be found.
to Hong Kong will pass through Central many times, and may
make use of the facilities to be found there. Whether using
the Central Post Office to find some unique Hong Kong
stamps, taking a trip on the iconic Star Ferry from Central
Pier #8 or simply people watching on the historic Pedder
A trip on the "ding-ding" trams, a visit to the IFC Mall or
to see the night time illuminations on the HSBC Headquarters
building will all take you into Central. The mix of
modern buildings, chain shops and historic touches makes
this a uniquely Hong Kong city centre.
Most shopping is for busy office workers, be they budget or
luxury purchases, and not therefore intended for tourists.
But there are a few places which have some uniquely Hong
Kong items for sale and any tourist should check out "The
Lanes" which are two parallel lanes full of small market
Several tourist attractions are officially within or very
near to the Central district, though not beside the heart of
the district. Trips on the Central and Mid-Levels escalator
system, the longest in the world, going through to the
nearby Medical Museum, or a visit to the Hollywood Road Park
and it's adjacent Man Mo Temple are all time well spent.
The Lanes of Central are two small paths, officially named Li
Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West, which are full of
small stalls and shops. Popular with locals as well as visitors
there are many interesting products and good deals here.
Nobody lives full time in Central itself, and there are only
limited hotels in the area though these do include one of the
leading hotels of Hong Kong if not the world, the Mandarin
Therefore transport routes to Stanley from Central are
something that every tourist should know about, and there
are several options available. Each choice is workable
and perfect practical, but which you choose may depend on
your time, budget and interests. Walking is not one of
the options to get to Stanley from Central though, for
although Central itself is very walkable due to the
prevalence of walkways and malls as well as sufficient
pavements, the distance to Stanley is too large as it is on
the southern side of Hong Kong island, while Central is on
the northern coast..
As Central is on the north side of the island, and
Stanley is of course on the South side, you must get past
the mountainous interior of Hong Kong island. Going over
the top is an option via Wong Nai Chung Gap or there is a
tunnel which for a few dollars toll allows you to quickly
get from one side to the other.
Option 1 - Take a taxi
In a hurry and want convenience? Then nothing really
competes with the iconic red taxi of Hong Kong. One of the
cheapest city taxi services in the world it is also safe,
reliable and always available. As the major business
district of Hong Kong you will never find a shortage of
taxis here. There are several practical routes a taxi
can take which will take half an hour to 45 minutes, giving
you various possible views as you go.
- Catch a taxi, outside The Landmark on Pedder Street
is a great place.
- Alternatively if nearer Victoria Harbour outside
Pier #7 or Pier #8, Star Ferry, there are always plenty
- Tell the driver "Stanley market", every
taxi drive in HK knows this even if they know no other
- Ask to go via Aberdeen Tunnel for the fastest route,
about 30 minutes
- Alternatively ask to go via Pok Fu Lam Road to avoid
the tunnel and have more countryside views
- When the taxi drops you at the Stanley Village road,
walk down, away from the slope, to enter the market
The tunnel route includes a toll of HK$5, but as it is
5km shorter than the Pok Fu Lam Rd route it will still be
cheaper at about HK$100. The longer more scenic route
takes only a little longer as the roads are less congested,
but will be around $140 total.
Option 2 - Public Busses
The public bus routes operated by CityBus and New World First
Bus (NWFB) are fast, convenient and cheap. With modern double
decker air conditioned busses they are very comfortable, and if
you take a seat at the front of the top deck they give an
excellent sightseeing view as well.
For the fastest route the bus number 260 is preferred as this
express service has the least stops between Central and Stanley,
but the alternative routes including 6, 6A and 6X are very
similar and a bit cheaper. They can all be caught at the
main bus stop at the street level underneath Exchange Square.
- Walk to Exchange Square using the overhead walkways
- Take the escalator down to the street level
- Find the stop for Bus 260, 6 or 6X which are adjacent
- Select bus 6 for interesting views as you go over the
hill, or 260, 6A and 6X if you want the faster tunnel route
- Board the bus and pay with exact change, or preferably
with an Octopus stored value card
- Pass through the tunnel
- Watch for beaches on the right, the first is Deep Water
- The second beach is Repulse Bay Beach
- After the second beach watch the illuminated sign in the
bus, it will be about 8 stops until the Stanley Village Road
- Take care to NOT get off at "Stanley Plaza" which is not
near the market
Each bus route runs every 15 or 20 minutes depending on the
time of day, but if as you can take whichever one comes along
first it will be only a wait of typically 5 minutes. But if you
are patient and wait for a 260 you may arrive slightly sooner
due to the route having about 10 less stops.
More about bus routes