Stanley Market will not be missed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 12:00am

The hue and cry being raised over the proposed building of a shopping mall in Stanley is falling on deaf ears in my household.

Upon moving to Hong Kong five years ago, I and my family made the trip to Stanley Market to shop in this much-hyped 'tourist mecca'.

What we found (and it is still the case, I believe) was a collection of shops all selling the same merchandise for the same prices staffed by surly and indignant clerks, housed in a leaky, smelly, 'building'.

For example, on an $180 purchase, I attempted to bargain with a shopkeeper by offering $165. This attempt was met with a flippant remark, 'That is insulting. Just take your business elsewhere.' I assumed bartering was part of the game at markets like this in Hong Kong. The Jade Market, for instance, welcomes this give and take.

My opinion is that Stanley Market is a victim of arrogance. I never take overseas visitors there and I, for one, would not weep to see a well-managed, tourist-friendly, shopping centre that contains a variety of products at a variety of prices replacing this outdated market.

Let the bulldozers roll.