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Stanley Market refers to an open-air street market in Stanley, also known as Chek Chue in Cantonese, on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, southern China. Its exact location is on the northwestern corner of the Stanley Peninsula, comprises of the Stanley New Street and certain small adjacent lanes. The Market has been one of the favorites of tourists for the variety of goods it provides, including antiquities, clothes of various styles but mainly traditional Chinese, oil paintings, jewelries, handicrafts and other souvenirs. The market is usually opened from 10 am to 7 pm every day.
Stanley is a pretty well-preserved area rather out far from the central district. The stalls and shops are mostly run by locals who have been residing here for generations and housed in Tong Lau (唐楼), a type of architecture prevailed in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong and some other southern China area during the 19th century up to the mid 20th century. The structure is usually 2 to 4-storey, with ground floor for commercial use, which is slightly higher up than the modern ones, and upper floor for residential use. Tong Lau is commonly built in arrays with one tightly pressed to another one on each side.
The market is within walking distance to the waterfront, therefore legions of restaurants and bars can be found lining up the bank merely minutes away. The Stanley Main Beach on the eastern side of the peninsular and the St. Stephen’s Beach on the west are two of the most popular spots among Hong Kongese during summer, outfitted with sufficient precautions and equipments for swimmers, surfers and other watersport buffs.
To the south of the market is Pat Kan Uk (literally meaning “Eight Houses” in Cantonese), a row of eight buildings. They were constructed pre-war, in the 1930s by the government, for the eight Hakka families who were displaced because of the development of barracks. At the western end of the Stanley Main Street is another building of highly historical value, Murray House. It is one of the oldest public buildings extant. It was built in 1844, originally as barracks for the British armies, at the location known as the Central District today. In the early 1980s, the structure was tear down to make way for the Bank of China Tower, but was relocated to Stanley in 1990. The house’s architectural style is a perfect combination of western décor and Chinese brick tile rooftop, which is a characteristic feature of the colonial Hong Kong. Nowadays the majority part of the house is rent out as eateries.
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