To Stanley Market from Wan Chai
One of the more famous districts of Hong Kong Island is
that of Wan Chai, or Wanchai (灣仔), which has quite a history
and a reputation, to which it doesn't really live up in
modern times. But it is nevertheless and interesting part of
Hong Kong, and has a range of hotels, restaurants and bars.
Today people visit the district for the dining, because their
hotel is there, or for some of the historic sights. There are
several historic buildings from the golden age of the 1920s,
including The Blue House and The Pawn restaurant housed in a
traditional pawn shop building.
Although there is not much to see there many visitors to Hong
Kong come to the Golden Bauhinia Square, outside the HK
Exhibition and Convention Centre, where this giant golden statue
of Hong Kong's flower. Great views of the harbour, and of
the Convention Centre itself, make up for the lackluster
appearance of the square and the statue itself.
Take some time to visit the Old Wan Chai Post Office, now an
environmental resource centre, but more interesting perhaps as
an example of British Colonial era Royal Mail post office.
Nearby the tiny Hung Shing Temple is a classic example of a
small village Taoist temple, right in the modern city centre.
Shopping in Wanchai includes big name chain shops, the 298
Computer Mall, and street markets such as that at Tai Yuen
Street Market, home to unique toy stalls, or for budget historic
souvenirs along Wanchai Road.
Geographically Wan Chai is close to Stanley, but on the other
side of the hill. Travelling from one to the other involves
either going over the hill, or via the Aberdeen Tunnel. Which
way you go depends on your preference for views vs speed, as of
course the tunnel is faster but you don't see as much of the
So getting to Stanley Market from Wanchai involves some form
of road transport, unfortunately the otherwise excellent
underground railway system (MTR) doesn't extend as far as
Stanley. Therefore the best options are Taxi, Bus or green
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 Wan Chai 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
bus routes go through Wan Chai on their way to the Stanley
peninsula and catching them on Gloucester Road, or Amoy
Street in Wanchai is easy.
- If nearer the waterfront go to Gloucester Road,
outside the Immigration Tower and catch the 260 bus.
This goes via the tunnel.
- If further from the water, inland, go to Amoy Street
and catch the bus 6 to climb over the hill. Or at the
same stop, 6A or 6X to go via the tunnel.
- Pay HK$10.60 for the 260 bus, per adult, or pay
HK$7.90 for the bus 6 ticket. Octopus or exchange
change are accepteed by these busses.
- 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
goes from Causeway Bay which is right next to Wanchai. Particularly if you
are in the eastern part of Wanchai then you are actually right next to the path
of the minibus.
Unlike other buses you can flag down a minibus anywhere on the street, but it is
best to get them at a station if you can. The 40 bus goes along Canal Road East,
undre the overpass, right behind Times Square.
As this is near the beginning of the route there are often seats available,
while later the bus tends to fill up as there are only 16 seats in each bus.
At HK$10.80 it is approximately the same price, and probably
quite a bit faster. There are no discounts for children, but
those people with the senior citizen Octopus cards are entitled
to discounts. On the down side some people find the rather enthusiastic
driving of the GMB captains to be a little much for their
For more about the
#40 GMB read here.
Option 3 - Taxi
There are always plenty of Taxis in Hong Kong, and that is
particularly true of Wan Chai. The iconic red taxi cab is now
seen in a wider range of shapes than the old Toyota salon, and
you'll find hybrid, minivan and other options. With all the
drivers being Hong Kong residents they will have no trouble
navigating the otherwise confusing streets of Wanchai, and
taking you to Stanley.
Try getting one from one of the side streets that connect
Hennessy, Lockhart and Jaffe Roads. Be specific when you
tell the driver you want to go to Stanley market about whether
you want the Aberdeen Tunnel Route, which is more direct, or to
go over the hill via Stubbs Road and Wong Nai Chung Gap for more
Option 4 - Uber
Your own private driver in a limo is of course a great way to
go, so if you haven't tried Uber in Hong Kong yet then this is a
great chance to do so. While taxi drivers may not love
them, there is a growing base of fans of the service. More
expensive than Taxis but offering a more luxurious service, you
can easily find a Uber available in Wan Chai.
don't tend to venture out of the city center so often though
you'll probably not find one to take you on the return trip
unless you organise with a drive in advance.