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Repulse Bay and Stanley Market and Beach

'We're not in Hong Kong anymore' was one of the first thoughts that came into my mind as the sandy shores of Repulse Bay came into view. I was jolted out of my Hong Kong daze of double decker buses, sky scrapers, and egg tarts and taken to a place that could resemble any beach town in California. The few hours we spent exploring Hong Kong California was a fine mid-day treat of our tour.

It was a short and sweet time spent at Repulse Bay basking under the warmth of the sun, grabbing ice-cream from Häagen-Dazs, and catching the contagious happiness the beach-goers around us were emitting. After some time at Repulse Bay the tour bus took us to Stanley Market and Beach. I really wanted to spend more time at Stanley Market, but during our short time we were able to walk along cafe and bar lined streets, and enjoy stalls selling a variety of trinkets and clothes. It must be amazing to come to Stanley Market as a normal routine to walk your dog, rollerblade around or sit outside under the sun with a delicious drink from one of the cafes. Everyone was carefree and relaxed, and how could one not be? This was a little piece of paradise in Hong Kong.

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