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A great day out with friends in Hong Kong

fullsizeoutput_435I have known my Hong Kong friend Irene and her family since 2008 so when I visited in April this year, I gave her notice and she arranged a full day and evening out so we could spend as much time as possible together.

Irene and her husband Ben picked up Naomi and I up from our hotel and we drove to Stanley which is a coastal town and located on a peninsular on Hong Kong Island.  I do love the drive down through Repulse Bay looking at all the very expensive homes and huge apartment blocks which are not as tall once you actually reach Stanley.stanley6fullsizeoutput_42efullsizeoutput_429Our first stop was the lovely little Stanley Post Office, a small temple then a walk through the markets which are an array of small indoor shops selling absolutely anything you might want.  I find them rather commercial now and a little bit expensive [for markets] but I did buy some lovely linen napkins.fullsizeoutput_420fullsizeoutput_424

fullsizeoutput_421 Stanley Main Street was our next port of call which is located on the waterfront with some great restaurants, bars and pubs and great views of Stanley Main Beach.  fullsizeoutput_42bfullsizeoutput_42aLots of people were out and about walking with their families which included their furry children; some paws I think have never touched the paths.fullsizeoutput_42dfullsizeoutput_428The waterfront is pretty special both from Stanley Main Street or from Ma Hong Park side.fullsizeoutput_41efullsizeoutput_433fullsizeoutput_42fMurray House is definitely worth a visit.  It’s a lovely 160-year old restored three-storey colonial building which was originally located in Central and reassembled to Stanley in early 2000’s. It is one of Hong Kong’s longest surviving buildings and has become an iconic landmark in Hong Kong which now houses a range of restaurants and shops.  Nice views from the archways too. out over the water.fullsizeoutput_432fullsizeoutput_430fullsizeoutput_431We then took a walk through Ma Hong Park and up to a small temple before heading back to Stanley Main Street.  We chose The Boathouse; a bright yellow three storey building overlooking Stanley Bay where we sat upstairs and enjoyed a plate of chips, calamari and glasses of wine.  Irene and Ben’s eldest daughter joined us and ordered a great looking chocolate dessert.

fullsizeoutput_422fullsizeoutput_425By this time it was getting late so we left to make our way back to Wan Chai for a late dinner.fullsizeoutput_426Great day with so many laughs and lovely memories to bring back to Australia.