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Those already familiar with shopping in Hong Kong, undoubtedly know about the busy Nathan Road. If you are seeking a different experience then try Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island. You can reach Stanley Market using the No. 6 bus from Exchange Square. This is a long ride, so to make the most of it, sit on top a double decker bus and take in the view of Repulse Bay. If you prefer to get there faster ride the No. 16M train from Chai Wan Station.
You can shop Stanley Market during normal business hours. Like all Hong Kong shopping you must be prepare to bargain for your goods. Some of the goods you can haggle for include: silk, art, crafts, jade, toys, and designer items.
Stanley Market was once a fishing village and remnants of this past still exist in the artwork and handicrafts on display. Stanley is frequented by both tourists and locals. You can expect crowds wherever you go in Hong Kong during the hot and humid summer. But Stanley offers many ways to escape the shopping masses. Stanley is home to eating establishments and bars and even the sea near by.
When you tire of bargain hunting you can slip into a small temple for some precious solitude. One such temple is the Tin Hau, which honors the goddess of the sea. Enter this 1767 temple and view the real tiger skin and breath in the incense. You may also want to visit the Maritime Museum located in Murray House. The museum, which houses over 500 pieces of ancient pottery, was built from the bricks of a one hundred year old building, which were moved one brick at a time to construct it. As the name implies the museum pays homage to Hong Kong's sea connection. In addition to artwork it also boasts interactive games and educational displays regarding ocean faring.
Other historical markers in Stanley include the navy that helped enforce British Colonial rule and the earlier inhabitants of Hong Kong the Hakka.
A modern shopping center arcade and community theater are situated next to Murray House. Every year at Christmas time the Hong Kong International School Band provides a free concert in the Stanley Plaza.
Now that you have had a chance to take in some local attractions your batteries should be sufficiently recharged to bargain hunt.