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Stanley Military Cemetery

Address: 31 Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
How to get there: About 10 minutes walk along Wong Ma Kok Road in the direction of Stanley Fort
Stanley Military Cemetery is set on a hillock. This tranquil and spacious place with lush green grass is rated as the most picturesque cemetery in Hong Kong. Those who were laid to rest here were nameless heroes who gave their lives for freedom when they resisted the invading Japanese troops. Among them were members of the Hong Kong Volunteers and British Army Aid Group. The latter operated in fallen Chinese territories to help war prisoners escape, collect intelligence and supply medication to war camps. Their noble spirit of serving fellow Chinese courageously in wartime China is admirable. After seeing the busy side of Stanley, the military cemetery is a brisk change and a good chance for relaxing body and mind.
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Stanley Military Cemetery is set on a hill accessible only by a flight of steps.
Old Stanley Police Station

Address: 88 Stanley Village Road
Opening Hours: 8:00am - 10:00pm daily
Stanley is a favourite destination for barbecue and picnic, and visitors can get their supplies from a very special local supermarket. Stepping inside, you will be attracted by the antiquate wooden floor. Explore further and you will find that the layout is quite unusual, with several large vintage fireplaces by the shelves. This supermarket is unique because it was formerly the Stanley police station. Built in 1859, Old Stanley Station is one of the earliest police stations in Hong Kong. Since all the other five have been demolished, it is now the oldest and thus commands great heritage significance. This two-storey colonial style building was converted into a supermarket in 2003. Visitors can enjoy a novel experience of shopping in a 150-year-old historical monument.
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Old Stanley Police Station, now operating as a supermarket, has very unusual layout. The road leading up is level but the shop entrance is narrow. The upper floor is accessible only by stairway.
Stanley Post Office

Address: 2 Wong Ma Kok Road
Opening Hours:
9:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday
9:30am - 1:00pm Saturday
If you wish to share the beautiful scenery of Southern District with family and friends overseas, send a scenic post card at the Stanley Post Office. This oldest of the 130 post offices now operating in Hong Kong has no modern décor or spacious interior. Its appeal lies in the unique metal window grills engraved with King George VI's "GR" emblem and the manual brass stamp dispensers on the wall. After the handover, traditional red British post boxes are very hard to find. If you want to see the only extant red cast-iron post box engraved with King George VI's emblem, head for Stanley Post Office.
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The post office is conveniently located on Wong Ma Kok Road and within close proximity to several historical monuments.
Stanley Tin Hau Temple

Address: 119 Stanley Main Street
No visit to Tin Hau Temple is complete without a look at the genuine tiger skin! A tiger roamed the Stanley countryside in 1942 during the Japanese Occupation. Locals lived in horror. Then a modern day Wu-song came to their rescue. His name was Rur Singh. This ethnic Indian police officer shot the tiger and presented the skin to the villagers. Since then, it has been exhibited in the Tin Hau Temple for more than half a century.

Tin Hau Temple is of course a dedicated place of worship for the goddess of the sea. However this small temple also has shrines of nearly 20 other deities, including Kwun Yum, Che Kung, Wong Tai Sin, Guandi and Hung Shing. When you visit, remember to take a good look at all the eminent gods and goddesses inside.
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Tin Hau Temple sits right by Stanley Plaza. The road is wide and level with toilets for the disabled nearby.
Stanley Market and Pat Kan Uk
The ever popular Stanley Market is situated in Stanley New Street near the Stanley food market. It is a fair of small shops and street stalls flaunting handicrafts and souvenirs rich in local flavour, as well as household items, toys and low cost fashion. The selection is dazzling and offers great value for money. After a shopping spree, sit down to sample authentic Hong Kong street delicacies. On hot summer days, the beach nearby is the best place to cool off. Swimwear and other beach items are available in many shops in Stanley Market, so you can enjoy sun, sea and sand at the whim of the moment.

At the bottom of the market, continue along the sea front and you will see small kiosks selling souvenirs, clothes and snacks. Shopping by the idyllic seaside setting is always a pleasure.

For a change of scene after Stanley Market and the food kiosks, take a look at Pat Kan Uk, a row of eight houses. Many people think they are abandoned pre-war buildings but each of them is still a home to elders. There were eight houses belonging to farming families in Wong Ma Kok before the Sino-Japanese War. The government recovered the land to develop barracks and a terrace of eight houses were built here by Stanley Bay as relocation homes for the residents.
Murray House

Address: Stanley Plaza, Stanley
Murray was originally an office building of the British forces stationed in Hong Kong. First completed in Central back in 1846, it was subsequently used as military officers' quarters, officers club and government offices. During the Japanese Occupation, Murray House was a torture and interrogation centre. These changes stood witness to more than a century's historical vicissitudes in Hong Kong.

When the local economy took flight in the 1970's and 1980's, the plot of land on which Murray House stood became valuable property. In 1983, Murray House was demolished to give way to the new Bank of China Building. More than 3,000 blocks of the building were stored in Tai Tam for 15 years. Eventually, a permanent home was found here in Stanley.

The labelled granite blocks were reassembled, just like toy building blocks. It looked simple but the positioning of every block had to been precisely calculated. Adding to the challenge was that some raw materials like chimneys were lost during demolition. As a result, the whole redevelopment project took substantial manpower and resources. Today, Murray House is a landmark of Stanley. This Victorian architecture by the sea houses restaurants that offer different cuisines. Sampling international gourmet food in the comfortable sea breeze is surely a great way to experience Stanley. Also not to be missed is the Hong Kong Maritime Museum downstairs that showcases interesting relics and maritime knowledge. Murray House is a must-see to any visitor to Hong Kong.
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There are toilets for the disabled, wide access ways and ramps inside the building. The upper floor restaurants are accessible by escalators and lifts.
Blake Pier

Address: Outside Murray House
Opening Hours: All day
Blake Pier and Murray House have had similar paths of fate. Both vintage architecture of Central, they were demolished to make way for new developments on their expensive prime plots. Today, Blake Pier stands on the picturesque Stanley seafront, exhibiting her original beauty that has not changed for a century.

Who is Blake? He was the 12th Governor of Hong Kong. As he was in office during the construction of the pier, it was named after him. In the 1960's, all new Governor of Hong Kong disembarked at Blake Pier to assume their office. For this reason the pier was also known as Royal Pier.

For those who have been to Stanley before, there is now a good reason for a revisit. A new ferry service between Stanley and Po Toi came into operation recently. After an excursion to Po Toi, what better way to end the day than dining in Murray House or enjoying the beautiful sunset on the Stanley promenade?

Link for the ferry route between Stanley/Aberdeen and Po Toi: http://www.traway.com.hk/
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There are wide access roads along the seafront and at Blake Pier. Murray House nearby has toilets for the disabled.