Stanley, the town, sits at the narrow neck of Stanley, the Peninsula, and is home to Stanley Market, Stanley Beach and Stanley Military Cemetery. It's also where you'll find St. Stephen's Beach, the Tin Hau Temple and Murray House.
Once one of the more remote areas of Hong Kong Island (the last Hong Kong tiger was shot there 1942, the skin of whom can be seen in Tin Hau Temple), Stanley today is a pleasant upscale community popular with tourists for the aforementioned market and its manageable assortment of sights.
Stanley's a great place to get away from the crush of Hong Kong's crowds for a laid-back good time. The beaches are popular barbecue spots and the town features a handful of relatively mellow pubs. The market is worth a browse, offering a fairly typical assortment of market goods, from antiques of dubious provenance to beads and discount clothing.
Stanley Beach isn't ideal for swimming, but it features a row of good seafood restaurants, while St. Stephen's Beach draws windsurfers and sail boats. Both beaches are a bit outside of town, as is Tin Hau Temple (Temple of the Queen of Heaven), one of Hong Kong's oldest, dating to 1767.
Murray House houses the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on its bottom floor. The building's façade dates to 1844, though it spent most of its life on the other side of the island in the spot where I.M. Pei's Bank of China Building stands today.
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