Hong Kong/Southern District

The Southern District (南區) is the southern part of Hong Kong island.

33 things to do

All Places Hong Kong

Ocean Park

A huge Disney-like (in both the good and bad sense) oceanarium. Marine biodiversity in the Atoll Reef and Shark Tank, and thrill rides will satisfy children and adults alike. It is popular with locals as well as tourists from mainland China. It has beautiful views from the cable car over the ocean and hills. The cablecar is an icon and an essential link between the two parts of the park. The view of the South China Sea from the cable car is always terrific. It would be fair to say that many local people would choose Ocean Park if they had to pick a single theme park to attend. For many, the chance to see Hong Kong's pandas would be a deciding factor. There are also large festivals each year, including summer, Halloween and Christmas. You can find out if there are tickets available on any given day from their website.

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Jumbo Floating Restaurant

A bit more expensive than similar restaurants elsewhere. Part of the "Jumbo Kingdom" leisure complex built in the middle of the Aberdeen Harbour with a floating palace appearance. You can take the restaurant's sampan from the waterfront to the restaurant, have a look around and then take it back again without eating there. The "Top Deck" is a separately managed restaurant focusing on Western style seafood in a super chilled out setting. Sip champagne and chill out on their chic lounge chairs while overlooking the yachts coming in and out of the exclusive Marina Club. Weekend brunches and tea are kid friendly with a play area.

Murray House

One of Hong Kong's oldest colonial buildings. It was originally constructed as officer's barracks in Central before being dismantled brick-by-brick in 1982. After a protracted dispute over the building's final location, it was eventually reconstructed beside the Stanley promenade in 2001. During the building's two decades in storage markings made to the bricks to aid in the reconstruction leached off, leading to a complex reconstruction effort that resulted in several large stone pillars being left over once the reconstruction was complete. The leftover pillars are now installed beside the building as an art installation.

Stanley Market

Head to Stanley Market and prepare to haggle. This is the one-stop place to buy your holiday gifts and souvenirs, albeit at higher tourist adjusted prices. There is a wide selection of ornaments, pictures, artwork and clothes to browse around. You will find a selection of both Chinese-style goods (such as ink and brushes for Chinese calligraphy) and also many western brand clothes.

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Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum

The museum has recently been extensively renovated with 10 galleries including a mock gallows, two replicas of prison cells and more than 600 separate exhibits including historical documents, photographs and artifacts from the history of Hong Kong's prison system. An annex also displays examples of products made by prisoners at the nearby Stanley Prison.

Hike the Dragon's Back

A 2-3 hour hiking trail with spectacular views of the south of Hong Kong Island. The ridge has little shade and you should take a lot of water and protection in summer. The path then drops into forests and creeks, before emerging at Big Wave Bay, where you can swim, eat, drink and return on the same number 9 bus.

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Stanley Ma Hang Park

A recent addition to Stanley's attractions, and was opened in January 2011. This 50,000 square metre park is set into the cliffside near Murray House. It features boardwalks, a butterfly garden, a fitness deck, bird watching platforms, an educational trail and the cliffside Pak Tai Temple.

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Ovolo Hotel

A Design-Lifestyle Hotel. Re-Opened in 2013 after renovations. Rooms: 85. Bright sun-shiny suites and studios with floor to ceiling windows and sea views, 3D SMART TV, free minibar, free Breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free Happy Hour.

Horizon Plaza

A former industrial building converted to a large 20-story factory outlet, selling fashion, home decor and antiques. Brands include Costume National, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kookai, Jimm Choo, Armani, Vivienne Westwood and others.

St Stephens Beach

Much quieter and more secluded beach that Stanley Main Beach, but still includes a beach café, changing rooms, public toilets and showers. A barbeque area is available up the hill from the beach, and is accessible via stairs.

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The Smugglers Inn

Located on the sea front, this is a British-style pub that serves a range of beers and traditional English pub food. It is along the Stanley promenade, and offers a great view of the ocean while relaxing with a drink.

Spices Restaurant

Serves pan-Asian food with style. Excellent location, only a few minutes walk from the beach. You can choose to dine outside on the patio and enjoy superb views over Repulse Bay.

Stanley Main Beach

A popular beach for wind-surfing, and hosts annual dragon boat races. Facilities include a café, changing rooms and showers, shark nets, public toilets and a barbeque area.

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Shek O Beach

Attracts a young Chinese crowd, especially older teenagers and young adults. On a Sunday there is also a bus service from Exchange Square bus station in Central.

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Le Meridien Cyberport

Rooms with internet against surcharge. No breakfast. Business centre, fitness room and outdoor pool available. Western and Japanese restaurant as well as a bar.

Tin Hau Temple

One of several temples in Hong Kong dedicated to Tin Hau (aka Mazu), Goddess of the Sea. The Stanley Tin Hau Temple was originally constructed in 1767.

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The Boathouse

A reasonably inexpensive restaurant on the Stanley promenade that features dining upstairs and a more relaxed bar on the ground floor.

Stanley Plaza

The multi-story Stanley Plaza shopping centre, which links the Stanley bus stop to the main promenade.

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Caritas Oswald International House

Also located in Tin Wan. It is a budget-priced hotel close to local markets and convenience stores.

Saffron Bakery

Serves organic coffee, bakery products and salads. Also great selection of candy from the US.

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The Verandah

Posh colonial-style Western dinning recreated in a modern building overlooking Repulse Bay.

South Bay beach

Never too busy, even on weekends, but you will need to take a taxi from Repulse Bay.

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Repulse Bay Beach

Biggest and most popular beach and is suitable for families with small children.

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Middle Bay beach

Popular with gay men and is a 20 minute walk along the coast from Repulse Bay.

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Chinese and Thailand Seafood Restaurant

Food here is reasonable and it offers probably the best meal in the village.

Dragon Boat Racing

Takes place in Stanley in May every year during the Tuen Ng festival (端午節).

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Big Wave Bay

Popular surf and swimming beach with restaurants and bars.

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L Hotel Island South

A new hotel in Aberdeen. It opened in 2010.

Space Warehouse

Brands such as Prada and Helmut Lang.

About Hong Kong/Southern District

The southern side of Hong Kong Island was for many years on the wrong side of the hills. In the early colonial period, when modern air-conditioning was no more than a dream, the south-facing slopes on the island were too sunny for many, and had the added disadvantage of bearing the brunt of torrential rain and the typhoons that sweep in off the South China sea. Today, the southern shore of Hong Kong island is a strong rival to The Peak as one of Hong Kong's most exclusive residential areas. Here you will find extravagant homes with spectacular views over the sea. Visitors to Hong Kong should come south for the excellent beach resorts, theme park and some very good dinning opportunities. On a sunny day, the south-side is a welcome escape from city life and ought to be a compulsory part of your agenda when travelling in Hong Kong. '''Aberdeen''' is a town of approximately 60,000 people on the south side of Hong Kong Island. The town's most famous feature is Aberdeen Harbour, which lies between Aberdeen and the island Ap Lei Chau. The original Chinese settlement on this harbour was named Hong Kong, and when British seafarers landed here in the 19th century they mistook the name of the village for the name of the entire island. The settlement was subsequently renamed Aberdeen after George Hamilton Gordon, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen (Scotland) and the then-current British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. Keen videogamers may recognise Aberdeen as the setting for the Sega Dreamcast game ''Shenmue II''. Scenes from the Bruce Lee film ''Enter the Dragon'' were shot in Aberdeen Harbour. '''Stanley''' (赤柱) is a very pleasant town and one Hong Kong's most exclusive neighbourhoods, favoured by Western expatriates and Chinese military generals alike. '''Repulse Bay''' (淺水灣) is another exclusive town with a fine beach. '''Shek O Village''' is a tiny day trip centre right on the edge of Hong Kong island itself. It feature beautiful scenery, a sandy beach and plenty of restaurants.

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