This place is just right...
Hong Kong Travel Blog› entry 7 of 53 › view all entries
Today was the best day!! Hung out with Seoung Hee and Sadie in the morning had an amazing breakfast and coffee, again! My word I love the coffee here. Then I left and found my was to the bus station downtown on Hong Kong Island and took the long (not express) bus to a placed called Stanley. Stanley is on the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island. Stanley is known for its open air market, restaurants, tehe Murray House and waterfront.
The bus ride was excellent. I sat at the very front on the upper deck. Checked out the gorgeous view of Hong Kong as the bus climbed the hills overlooking the city. You could see the race track, beautiful skyline and buildings, and the most interesting grave yards.
I loved Stanley as soon as I arrived. The bus dropped me off near the central market and off I went into its maze of shops to explore the wares being offered. Stanley was just what I needed. A small simple place with “just enough” of the right things. The market was the right size, not too big to overwhelm you, not so small to be boring. The town had a generous mix of tourist buzz, yet I found a lovely diner in the middle of it all to have a real Chinese meal with the locals.
Stanely has a beautiful maritime museum located in the Murray House. Oh I should mention, the Murray House is a former British army barrack that use to be located in modern day Central Hong Kong. The building was moved to Stanley in 2002 to preserve it and provide a tourist attraction to the area. It is said the building is haunted - likely by the ghosts of the Chinese who were executed there during the Japanese occupation. Oddly, the museum, just like Stanley was the right fit. I was beginning to feel like Goldilocks "this bed is to too big, this one is too small, but this bed is just right". The museum fed my love for history and culture. I learned all about the history of the shipping industry and exploration of the world from Hong Kong’s harbours.
Stanley has a beautiful pier called Blake Pier. It was once located in Central Hong Kong and used as one of the main piers for a ferry terminal. Numerous figureheads have walked the pier taking their first steps on Hong Kong soil. Here I was walking on the same place.
I left Stanley in the afternoon taking the long bus back to downtown Hong Kong.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong I took myself to Lan Kwai Fong. I mean, when in Rome… I sat myself at a bar on a main corner and watched the world go by. Tall cold Carlsberg’s in hand. Halloween is tomorrow but the costumes were already out in full force! Some of the makeup was so real it was terrifying!
The bar tender is flirting with me! He’s sending me little notes as I sit by the huge open window overlooking the streets.
I met a great guy named Serkan from Turkey. We have miles of thinks to talk about and slide easily into a thousand conversations. We share life stories, music, history, discuss places we’ve visited and those we long to see. I love travelers, I know, I’ve mentioned this before. They’re so open, direct and candid. Serkan says to me at one point “I think this is fate. We are the same.” We party all night hoping to different bars, meeting people, dancing. I love Hong Kong!
I catch the ferry to Lantau Island, what a great ride home, Hong Kong’s waters are always buzzing.