Mong Kok Ferry Pier [1924-1972]

Submitted by tngan on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 01:45
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
Date closed / demolished

Location is approximate, but should be in the neighbourhood of Shan Tung Street.  Ceased to operate in late April 1972.

Photos that show this Place


There was a ferry service between New Western Market (Morrison Street) and Mong Kok Tsui (Shantung Street). It was operational (at least) from 1919.

Mong Kok Ferry Pier (English: Mong Kok Ferry Pier) was a ferry terminal in Hong Kong in the past. It is located in the west of Shantung Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, near Kamlin Street, north of the old Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter, and was later replaced by Tai Kok Tsui Pier. history The Yau Ma Tei Ferry obtained the franchise of the route from Central to Mong Kok in 1923, and officially began to provide services on January 1, 1924, and the Mong Kok Ferry Terminal was opened on the same day. In the 1960s, there was a bus terminus at the Mong Kok Ferry Terminal. At that time, there were KMB 2B, 11C, 12B and 13D. In the 1970s, due to the outdated facilities of the Mong Kok pier, the boats in the typhoon shelter affected the loading and unloading of passengers at the pier, and the hawkers on Shantung Street caused disturbance to the pier, the Yau Ma Tei Ferry chose Tai Kok Tsui to the north to build a new pier. , to replace Mong Kok Pier. On April 22, 1972, the brand new Tai Kok Tsui Ferry Pier was opened, and the Mong Kok Ferry Pier was closed the next day. [1]旺角碼頭


This is a picture captured from a 1965 French movie "Up to His Ears" (Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine)

It shows the Mongkok pier going to a fictitious place called  "Sey Chang".  Compared with the street view today with the Yuen Fat Building 源發大廈 in the background. It was under construction in 1964. The date of 0ccupation was 26/10/1965九龍-旺角-源發大廈-E10249

1964 旺角碼頭
1964 旺角碼頭, by simtang


Hi There,

As far as I could recall, not quite.  There is another ferry pier nearby (quite a few city blocks away) called Tai Kok Tsui Ferry Pier though.


Tenders were invited for the construction of Mong Kok Tsui Ferry Pier in April/May 1929. By the end of 1930, construction work was nearly completed except for the roofing over the pier.

The roofing work was completed at the end of June 1931 and the Ferry Co. transferred from the temporary pier (?) to the new pier in July.


(1) Item 177 in the Report of Public Works for 1930

(2) Item 235 in the Report of Public Works for 1931


Mong Kok Ferry Pier and Tai Kok Tsui Ferry Pier were two different piers operating at two nearby locations at different times.

Mong Kok Ferry Pier  1924-1972

Tai Kok Tsui Ferry Pier  1972-1992…

An aereal photo showing both piers in 1972. The latter was built to replace the former.

If you check the 1920 200-feet-to-1-inch "Map of the Kowloon Peninsula (including portion of New Koloon)" in the UK National Archives, the vincity of the Shan Tung Street pier was indeed called "Mong Kok Tsui".

Plan A. Proposed Development of the Port of Hongkong: Ferry Routes
Plan A. Proposed Development of the Port of Hongkong: Ferry Routes, by qazwsxedcrfv000

The area was also labeled "Mong Kok Tsui" in this ferry route map from 1928. 

Aerial photograph of the vicinity (sortie PEGASUS/RN/H/0027, frame 0028) on 14th November, 1929 also shows no concrete structure. Only a number of wooden/makeshift piers can be identified. I suspect the small pier in the place of the "future" Mong Kok Tsui pier with a relatively long boat with closed (white) top next to it was the temporary pier mentioned in the Report of the Director of Public Works for the year 1931

Also as mentioned by moddsey, the tender for the reinforced concrete pier that is known as "Mong Kok (Tsui) Ferry Pier" later was not issued until 19th April, 1929. 


No. S. 135 -- It is hereby notified that sealed tenders in triplicate which should be clearly marked "Tender for Construction of Ferry Piers at Mong Kok Tsui and Shamshuipo", will be received at the Colonial Secretary's Office until Noon of Monday the 6th day of May, 1929. The work comprises the construction of two piers in reinforced concrete together with approaches thereto. 

  • For form of tender, specification and further particulars apply at this Office. 
  • The Government does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender. 

It does look as though the original name was "Mong Kok Tsui Ferry Pier". As well as the mentions in the PWD reports, that name is also used in the Blue Books for 1930 and 1932. A Google Books search for that name didn't find any other matches.

A Google Books search for "Mong Kok Ferry Pier" returns four results, from 1946-1970.

So the name appears to have changed some time between 1932 and 1946.

After surfing through the collection of maps that cover Kowloon at, it appears the waterfront area near the typhoon anchorage is usually referred to as "Mong Kok Tsui" while the inland area near the hills is called "Mong Kok". This convention can still be found on some maps (examples from 1963 and 1965) from the 1960s but no more since the 1970s. 

Rather unexpectedly, the Wikipedia Cantonese has an entry that contains the most detailed info on the name. "Tsui (嘴)" is actually a reference to the estuary of a stream from Ho Man Tin that is shown on this map from 1880

Combined with information in the Wikipedia Chinese entry, we know that the area was called "芒角嘴" in chorographies published by the Qing Empire from the 1810s allegedly for its plentiful supply of ferns. English transliteration "Mong" was allegedly from Tanka (boat) people's (蜑家人/艇家人) pronunciation of "芒" which is closer to that of "望" in Cantonese. So "芒角嘴" gradually became "望角嘴". A newpaper article from 1895 already uses "望角嘴" instead of "芒角嘴".

Yes, Mong Kok Tsui would normally refer to the seaward side of Mong Kok.

However, Mong Kok Tsui was also used to describe the Police Station, market etc., that were situated inland.

A good indicator of description of the area and the gradual name change  from "Mong Kok Tsui" to "Mong Kok" can be viewed from Government Notices of Land Sales. See: or type in "Mong Kok"