Stanley & Man Mo Temple


Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong with no doubt is one of the most attractive destinations for either tourism or shopping. The Stanley, a common fishing village located on the southernmost part of the Island has developed to be a famous scenic spot.

Things to Do in Stanley

Bombax Ceiba

It is said that once in the center of the village, there was a large Bombax Ceiba (Red Kapok Tree) which would be covered in red blossoms during its flowering season. Hence, the villages' Chinese name was red pillar until the 19th century when the British, in honour of Lord Stanley, renamed the village.

Hong Kong Stanley
Hong Kong Stanley
Our Tour Group at Hong Kong Stanley
Our Tour Group at Hong Kong Stanley

Murray House

As well as being a beautiful seaside city, Stanley has numerous places of historic interest and scenic beauty. Murray House, originally built in 1844 was demolished in 1982 and subsequently rebuilt after the European style in 1998. Now, it is a three-storied building containing several restaurants and a mini museum introducing its history.

Other Attractions

In addition to the trip, you can visit the other scenic spots, such as Tin Hau Temple, Stanley Main Beach and Main Street, St. Stephen's Beach, Military Cemetery,  and Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum.
Hong Kong Stanley Market
Hong Kong Stanley Market
Stanley Market, Hong Kong
Foreigners do shopping at Stanley Market
The next required stop on your trip around Stanley should be its famous market. It is a perfect place to find that special gift for friends and relatives with numerous bargains including clothing, especially silk garments and traditional Chinese dress, as well as souvenirs, antiques, and Chinese arts and crafts. Therefore, not only foreign tourists but also the local population often visits the market.

If you want to relax and enjoy the view, there is a row of bars and restaurants along Stanley's waterfront for you to sample the delights of both Western and Eastern cuisine alfresco.

How to get to Stanley

Take bus 6, 61, 6x, 73, 269 or 973 to Stanley Village.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours All day

Man Mo Temple

One of the oldest and most famous and beautiful temples in Hong Kong is Man Mo Temple. It is located at the intersection of Hollywood Road and Ladder Street. It was built in the 1800s, at the beginning of the British colonial rule. A copper bell in the temple, made during the reign of Emperor Daoguang (1820-1850), proudly proclaims its long history.

Although it has been remodeled several times, the temple still maintains its original appearance. Inside it are delicate wooden bases used for transporting deities during parades and festivals and incense burners made of copper and other metals. Huge tower-shaped incense coils are always hanging from the ceiling of the hall and over the courtyard. And the smoke of the burning incense, together with the sunbeams, adds an element of mystery to the temple and indicates happiness, health and fortune.

The temple is a perfect combination of Taoism and Buddhism. Two deities are worshiped side by side in the temple shrine. They are Wenchang and Guan Yu. Wenchang, with a brush in his hand, takes charge of literature, especially during the imperial examinations, which determined a man's official rank in feudal times. Guan Yu, holding a sword in his hand, is in charge of war. There are statues of other Chinese gods as well, like Baogong, the symbol of justice and the town god who protects the whole city.

In these days, the temple is still popular. During the Chinese New Year, many children, accompanied by their parents, pay a visit here to pray for good grades in a new semester. Usually, the pilgrims to the temple are people from the business circles and the financial community, donating from two or three hundred yuan to more than ten thousand yuan.

How to get to Man Mo Temple

1. Take Island Line to Sheung Wan, and then walk southwest for 5 minutes to the temple.
2. Take Tung Chung Line or Airport Express  to Hong Kong Station, then, walk southwest for 15 minutes to get there.

Opening Hours

8:00 - 18:00
7:00 – 18:00 on every 1st and 15th days of each lunar month, the 3rd day of the 2nd lunar month, the 11th day of the 5th lunar month, the 6th and 24th days of the 6th lunar month, and the 24th day of the 7th lunar month.

Entrance Fee


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- Last updated on Mar. 26, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Stanley & Man Mo Temple
Asked by Judy from USA | Mar. 24, 2023 13:31Reply
How to get to Stanley from Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
How much with cab or Uber? Can we get Uber with car seat?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Mar. 26, 2023 19:47

You can travel by CTB260, getting on at Immigration Tower, Gloucester Road and getting off at Stanford Villa, Stanley Village Road.

If by cab, it costs about HKD130.
Asked by RJ from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 17, 2018 22:42Reply
How to get here (Stanley and Man Mo Temple) from Wong Tai Sin Temple?
Answers (1)
Answered by Selina from USA | Jan. 18, 2018 18:49

You are suggested to take bus 113 to Cleverly Street. then walk southwest for 5 minutes to your destination. BTW, it takes about 1h and costs around 10HKD.
Asked by Ma Carminia Puyo from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 05, 2017 07:42Reply
Is there a bus we can take from Ocean Park to Stanley? What bus routes/bus numbers?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lexi from RUSSIA | Feb. 06, 2017 02:37

Yes, bus is available. Both no. 73 and 973 are ok. You may walk from the Ocean Park to Wong Chuk Hang San Wai, Wong Chuk Hang Road to take no. 73 and get off at Stanley Village, Stanley Village Road. Then walk to your destination within a few minutes.
Asked by John O'Connell from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 23, 2016 21:43Reply
How do we get to Stanley Market from Causeway Bay or Central?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fred from ITALY | Aug. 23, 2016 22:15

From Causeway Bay, you can take bus no.40 at Jardine's Bazaar, and get off at Old Stanley Police Station, Stanley Village Road. It takes around 40 mins. And the ticket fare is 10.8 HKD per person. After arriving, walk northwest around 100 yards to find the market.
Asked by TTK from SINGAPORE | Jun. 20, 2016 09:33Reply
Roughly how much is the taxi fare from Mongkok to Stanley Market?
Is it easy to hire taxi from the Market back to Mongkok?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from SINGAPORE | Jun. 20, 2016 21:11

Generally speaking, the cab fare would be 165 to 175 HKD. And it won't be difficult for you to get a cab to go back to Mongkok.
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