Stanley is a seaside community on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When the British took possession of Hong Kong in 1841, there was a community of over 2,000 people living here. The Chinese name for this seaside village area is Chek Chue. However, the British gave it the English name after Lord Stanley.
Today what you find at Stanley is a relaxing place to spend time near the sea. There are a couple of good beaches, St. Stephen's Beach and the larger Main Stanley Beach which also has a water sports centre. You'll find one of HK's most popular street markets, the Stanley Markets, which has a covered walking lane, nice for rainy days. There is a nice promenade area lined with restaurants and good views of the sea. Additional shopping and eateries can be found at the Stanley Plaza complex just past the promenade.
Those interested in historical attractions in the area will find the old Tin Hau Temple just past the Stanley Plaza. There is a tiny Tai Wong Temple sandwiched between the Plaza and waterfront restaurants. The colonial period Murray House and Blake Pier, both of which were originally in the Central district have been relocated here to Stanley, providing a bit more to see while you are here. The Murray House is used for yet more restaurants and retail shopping.
Looking for a bit more, there is a large public park and garden area called Ma Hang Park just west of the Murray House. Nearer to St. Stephen's Beach, you will also find the Stanley Military Cemetery and Hong Kong Museum of Correctional Services.
To visit Stanley from the main areas of Hong Kong, best to take a bus (6, 6A, 6X or 260) from Exchange Square in Central or a taxi to save time.