Tourists will not visit 'commercial desert'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 April, 2002, 12:00am

I refer to the letter by J. Anderson headlined 'Stanley Market will not be missed' (South China Morning Post, April 11).

It seems the height of arrogance that one should assume a merchant should sell you something simply because you have offered a price. I always thought buying and selling was a two-way process.

And, of course, a tourist-friendly shopping centre would not be 'a collection of shops all selling the same merchandise'. And as for surly and indignant staff, well, that can happen anywhere. You can also find very attentive staff. Try the Delifrance in Stanley, it has some of the best service in Hong Kong.

The main argument against the redevelopment of Stanley Market is that it would change the character of the place.

Stanley is special in Hong Kong. It has not become the commercial desert that the developers have made of most places.

Yes, parts are dirty and smelly, so are parts of Central.

One only has to visit Stanley to realise why tourists want to go there - it is different.


Causeway Bay