Satisfying Shopping Sprees near Hong Kong's Cruise Port

There are two cruise terminals in Hong Kong: the newly opened facility at Kai Tak, and the downtown wharf in Tsim Sha Tsui, where passengers can walk down the gangplank and straight into a mall. Passengers disembarking at Kai Tak will need to hop on a shuttle bus or a taxi before they can start shopping.

Camera and electronic devices remain one of the top purchases for its unbeatable prices and vast selections. Digital stores rub shoulders with each other in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Sham Shui Po and Wan Chai. Try Tin Cheung Camera or Wing Shing Photo, both have enjoyed high reputation among shutterbugs.

For fans of one-stop department stores, Hong Kong is paradise. Lager-than-life shopping malls seems like a necessity here. Places like Harbour City, Times Square and The One stand as tourist destinations on their own right and can easily fill up your itinerary for a day.

But the real gem of the city is its many street markets and themed shopping streets where you can get a glimpse of the everyday life. The TCM street of Ko Shing, the Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei, the Goldfish Market in Mongkok, and the Jade Market on Kansu Street are some of the most interesting ones.

Temple Street Night Market
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


This nightly market is probably the most stereotypical Chinese street you can think of. Heralded by a temple gateway, the outdoor bazaar is filled with numerous hawkers selling all sorts of trinkets, some local opera fanatics singing shrilly in...  Read More



Traditional medicine is so popular in Hong Kong that the trade beats any other city on the mainland China. A 10-minute taxi ride will take you from Central to Sheung Wan. Follow the bitter-sweet aroma of herbs, ginseng and goji to find the...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui


This health and beauty retailer is Hong Kong's own Boots, but with a unique Asian liveliness and cuteness. The chain store has more than 180 outlets across the city, among which 50 have pharmacies selling day-to-day medicines and first-aid...  Read More



Hong Kong is probably the best place to buy cameras in the world, with a vast, up-to-the-minute and duty-free selection and as many digital shops as there are dim sum kitchens. It takes some real knowledge of the city and the trade to brave the...  Read More



Almost all of Hong Kong's established outdoor shops have a branch in Mongkok and RC Outfitter is one of the best. Split between two levels, its 500-square-meter main store on Argyle Street sells travel-purposed clothes, shoes, backpacks and...  Read More



Occupying three blocks of Tung Choi Street every night, this enclave of more than 100 stalls represents the epitome of Asia's market culture: a bit crowded, a lot noisy but totally stimulating. Rather than what its name suggests, the...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui


The 23-story high-rise in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui is devoted almost entirely to retail. Currently the tallest shopping mall in Hong Kong, The One is a 400,000-square-meter vertical wonderland for shopaholics, who can easily spend a whole day...  Read More

Shanghai Tang
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


Having a qipao or Chinese tunic suit tailor-made in Hong Kong is a treat, but that process usually takes at least a week. For tourists in a hurry, Shanghai Tang stocks high-quality and off-the-rack traditional Chinese formal wear for both men...  Read More



A stone's throw from Temple Street Night Market, this 400-stall indoor market is a real-life encyclopedia of China's lucky stone. Stocks range from USD3 jade pedant, USD10 jade bracelets all the way up to serious collectors' items that can...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Harbour City
Photo courtesy of Harbour City


You can start shopping in Hong Kong the minute you step off your ship. Harbour City, one of Hong Kong's largest and most comprehensive shopping malls, is part of the Ocean Terminal complex. This 222,000-square-meter mall stretches from Ocean...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed