Extension at Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall throws in stunning views for free

Ocean Terminal will create a customs and immigration facility for cruise passengers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 7:07pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 10:22pm

Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall is expanding to provide places to view the famous harbour and a permanent customs and immigration facility for cruise passengers.

Work on the five-storey extension to the western end of Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui is due to be finished by the end of the year.

Ocean Terminal: first US-style mall in Hong Kong, and first in world integrated with a pier

Each floor will have a free observation deck, giving the public a 270-degree panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.

The work will add 100,000 sq ft of space to Harbour City, part of Ocean Terminal, which already has around two million sq ft of floor space and 450 shops.

Temporary customs facilities had been erected until now whenever a ship docked at the 51-year-old retail hub.

“There will also be a proper loading area for cruises,” an Ocean Terminal spokeswoman said.

None of the tenants in the extension would house shops and it would be strictly limited to restaurants and other dining facilities, she added.

Ocean Terminal, located next to the Star Ferry’s Tsim Sha Tsui pier, opened in March 1966. It was the world’s first marine pier integrated with a shopping centre and Asia’s first US-style shopping mall.