Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Upper: You got darn-expensive hilltop villas, and the reasonable seaside HDBs (right side, brown with green roofs)
Lower: Lucky to chance upon the annual dragon boat race!
Stanley Place is a little seaside town-like place at the southern tip of Hong Kong island, housing a cluster of government flats which I would consider the most luxurious (think sea breeze with tranquil environment) in ever-busy HK. There's really not a lot to do here, but a good place to chill out and do a fair bit of shopping even for the locals, with a supermarket, eateries and shophouses in the area.
Upper: Main street on a Sunday evening
Lower: The iconic Murray House
The main street is lined up with rows of pubs and restaurants, not quite Lan Kwai Fong but great to laze the afternoon away or share a pizza with friends. That large stone building over there? There's a some history behind it, as it was shifted brick for brick all the way from Central. I will leave it to you to do the reading!
Upper: Seafood in Cream Sauce, Rosti(?), Bratwurst Platter
Lower: Balcony seats of restaurants, plastic sheets down due to rain
A couple of years back, My friends and I visited the German restaurant within Murray House. That was the first time the buddies travelled together! A good mix of tasty snacks, ice cold drinks (No beers yet, we were barely 18!), and the immature rubbish talks (I'm not any much mature now either) we had. That was some great memories.
Upper: Fancy a scoop of Haagen Dazs?
Lower: Aisles of little fashion shops for you to explore
Walking further down, rows of shops are hidden among narrow alleyways, selling anything from t-shirts and sports shoes, to Chinese calligraphy and typical "I Love HK!" souvenirs. Prices here are actually not quite tourist-traps, with cheap finds everywhere if you bother to dig.
Upper: A cold pint of Hoegaarden by the waterside cafe
Lower: Lady knocked out boyfriend with coke bottle. Nah I'm just kidding
Not quite sure if you can watch the sunset from here, but still comfortable to cuddle on the breakwater with your loved ones, or to enjoy the sea breeze alone for some inner peace. I would say grab some beer, grab some friends, and grab the chance to make merry and laugh your heads off again. Great weekend breaks are made of these!
For more on Stanley Market, look here for an useful website I found.
Taken with Nikon D70 and Sony T70
Labels: Travel Tales