The IFC Mall & Stanley
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Leaving Central, it is possible to get to Stanley within 25 mins on either of the number 6, 6A, 6X or 260 buses. We walked down the escalator to the central bus terminus, and boarded the bus there, but not before we visited the IFC shopping mall. The IFC (International Finance Centre) sits at the bottom of the the two IFC towers with IFC2 being the tallest structure in HK. While architecturally stunning, the 88 storey tower has been- like many buildings in HK- built without reference to the surrounding landscape. The IFC mall is a modern shopping mall, with some of the top fashion houses in the world having boutiques there in.
After leaving the mall we quickly found the bus terminus at Exchange square and made the rather charming journey to Stanley passing through Deep Water and Repulse Bays as we went.
Stanley is very reminiscant of an English seaside town complete with pubs, cafes and sunburnt Europeans, but despite extensive and at times unsympathetic development, Stanley still retains considerable charm. The market is well worth checking out, we bought some great art-work here for a real bargain. We stopped off in the quaint Smugglers Inn on Stanley Main Road, for a few drinks (See Photos) and had some lunch in a cafe just up from the Smugglers callled the Seafront, where we had some dim sum.
Stanley is a very relaxing way to spend a leisurely half day and the beaches are very clean and tidy.
St Stephens Beach gives great views back across to Stanley and across to Lamma island and is the beach I would say was worth walking the exrtra ten minutes from Stanley Main Road to reach. However no sooner had we reached the beach than the skies darkened and we had our first thunderstorm warning. So we jumped a bus back to Central. But still, we will be calling back on Stanley over the next few weeks as there is still a bit to see here.