Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stanley, HK

In August 2011, my sister found a stable job in HK. During the year, she would come home during long weekends and holidays because it is just a 2 hour flight. So by the end of the year, she'd have only a few leave days left. We decided it would be better if we spend the Yuletide holidays with her. Good timing too as D has his Christmas break from teaching. This also gives me time to save as much as possible during the entire year for our airfare and expenses. 

The first couple of years we stayed in HK, we basically walked our feet off visiting numerous tourist attractions like Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping (The Giant Buddha), Stanley, The Peak, TST, Avenue of the Stars. The trip also entails eating at all the places that my sister wants to dine in but cannot since she does not like dining out by her lonesome self. So weight gain is naturally expected.

2014 being our fourth time in HK, we felt it was time to revisit some of the above mentioned sights. Since her open surgery was barely two months ago, my sister is still in the healing process and has difficulty climbing stairs and walking long distances.

Stanley is a town located in the southern district of the Hong Kong Peninsula. A quaint town aligned with bistros, restaurants and a promenade along the Repulse Bay. You can also visit the Murray House, the Stanley Market (a bazaar type shopping center), the more modern mall Stanley Plaza and just soak in the serenely peaceful environment.

Fortunately, Stanley is just one long bus ride from my sister's flat. The best way to enjoy the ride is to sit on the top deck of the double decker bus and be sure you are not squirmish because the ride entails navigating zigzag and sharp winding ascending roads. But the view is worth it!

Upon reaching Stanley our first stop was the St. Anne's Church.

Then it was time to head for the Stanley Market for some shopping and have a light snack along the waterfront promenade.

We were having such a great time bonding over lively conversation and hot drinks. Evening had set in and was getting quite chilly out in the open.  


Photo Cache said...

That is a great new tradition. I think we develop new tradition as we grow older and by necessity. But this one's a keeper.

I would love to visit HK extensively. I believe I would love it very much.

Kayni D said...

Just like Photo Cache, I've been wanted to see HK :). I even bought a book about HK years ago. I am praying I will get to use that guide book one day.

DaPHne LAura said...

Yes I agree Photo Cache, we develop new traditions as we age :)

DaPHne LAura said...

Both of you should definitely put HK on your travel list. I'm sure you will enjoy it a lot. I suggest you go during the autumn or winter months, it is quite pleasant. It does get really humid during the summer months from June to August, FYI. :)