Medicinal Street

Medicinal Street, Hong Kong: Hours, Address, Medicinal Street Reviews: 4/5

Medicinal Street
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Sheung Wan
Unlike most of Hong Kong’s other popular districts, Sheung Wan welcomes wanderers with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Art galleries are plentiful and boutique cafés are tucked away in every side street in the sub district known as “PoHo.” Browse through the vintage clothing and handmade leather goods stores – it’s no surprise fashionistas flock to this area. History enthusiasts will be rewarded with sites of beautiful architecture, reflecting Sheung Wan’s past as one of the earliest settlements by British forces. As night falls, the entertainment scene reveals itself to be just as laid back with its private kitchens, speakeasies and underground bars dotted throughout the area. When in Sheung Wan, everyday feels like the weekend.
How to get there
  • Sai Ying Pun • 5 min walk
  • Sheung Wan • 8 min walk
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11 reviews
Very good

Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Chinese Medicine Street in Sheung Wan
Oct 2020
Ko Shing is a short curved street in Sheung Wan that is also known as Chinese Medicine Street. It is the heart of the Chinese herbal medicine wholesale trade in Hong Kong and an interesting place to visit if you want to explore the various traditional Chinese street markets of Sheung Wan.

You'll find Ko Shing St. just south of Des Voeux Road, it bends south off to the west and then reconnects around 150 metres away at the Queen Street intersection to the east.

What you will see here are many wholesale shops lining both sides of the street, dealing in all manner of traditional herbal medicine ingredients and products. The street is busy with large packages arriving and being prepared for shipping throughout the week. The shop fronts are interesting to see, products being on full display. Feel free to take a look and a picture or two when not interfering with business.

Overall, it is an interesting wholesale scene, similar to other local market streets in the area such as Des Voeux Road (Dried Seafood Street), Bonham Strand (Gingseng Street) and Wing Lok (Bird's Nest Street) that you will find in Sheung Wan.
Written October 29, 2020
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Magi G
Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania229 contributions
Unimaginable asian medicines on Ko Shing Street
Mar 2019 • Family
Your imagination is too small to describe this colorful place. Chinese Medicine in general used funny products like hair, nails and bones from animals, strange plants and substances. In every shop you can try /if you are brave enogh/ died insects. Ko Shing Street is the heart of the wholesale herbal medicine trade in Hong Kong, and its dispensary employees have earned a reputation for being highly knowledgeable. But you don’t need to be carrying a shopping list of exotic ingredients to get something out of this place; a mere stroll down the street will expose you to the sights of ancient remedies that provide a tangible link between Asia’s world city and its distant past. You can also find dried seafood here, which is used in traditional Chinese health foods.
Written April 13, 2019
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Palawan Island, Philippines20,280 contributions
Famous for herbal medicine
Nov 2018 • Couples
We discovered Ko Shing Street when we were walking around and found it is the place to come to buy herbal and other types of medicine. There are many shops selling interesting products. this is must visit if you are unfamiliar with this type of medicine. In the same area, Sutherland Street and nearby streets it is worth strolling around as you will see many dried seafood, Chinese sausages for sale too. Great for photography.
Written December 8, 2018
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Harris J
Qianjin, Kaohsiung1,106 contributions
Smells and aroma
Jun 2017 • Couples
Long street interesting walk.
Be prepared for interesting sights and pungent aroma
All stores Are independent mom and pop shop.
Lots of delivery activities in the morning before 1300h.
Written June 18, 2017
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Miami, FL57 contributions
Everything for the chinese herbal medicine enthusiast!
Apr 2016 • Friends
I am an acupuncture physician and chinese medicine herbalist from the States and this street was a must see for me in Hong Kong. No one speaks English so it's not possible to ask any questions. I bought some Ren Shen using google translate and some pointing. It felt satisfying to be able to communicate even that much but I could not manage more since most of these herb houses are wholesalers and not interested in selling one unit alone. Most places smiled and shooed me away for that reason. Walking down the street is well worth it to see the medicinal herbs in their baskets and tall canvas bags. Also, does not take long and you can easily walk into central for some noodles afterwards!!
Written April 13, 2016
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Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Ko Shing Street (Medicine Street) - famous Chinese Medicine shops
Jul 2013 • Couples
Ko Shing street, also referred to locally as Medicine Street, is famous for its large collection of Chinese Medicine shops which line the street. This is a wholesale hot spot for traditional Chinese herbal medicines, where you find and see all manner of ingredients which are not regularly been seen in traditional western marketplaces, chemists or pharmacy shops.

A stroll down Ko Shing Street can be a real eye-opening experience for those who rarely frequent or have never visited traditional Asian or Chinese medicine shops or marketplaces before. It is also a very nice spot for photographers. Over the years, we have found the area shopkeepers to be generally friendly. They are used to the wandering tourists poking their heads into their shops and snapping a picture or two. If you are lucky, you'll come across a shopkeeper magically working his fingers across an abacus in an (ancient) practice of counting and computing transaction amounts. This is always an enjoyable scene to watch.

In addition to Ko Shing (Medicinal Street), this entire area in Sheung Wan makes up an appealing street market scene, where you can find shops dealing sundry foods, dried seafood, Chinese medicine. You can easily find popular products like ginseng, bird's nest products and the controversial shark fins are easy to spot in the area.

Overall, we find the market scene in this area of the city to make quite an interesting visit, offering a look into Hong Kong and Asia's ancient past and somewhat exotic world, amidst the progressive world of skyscrapers, modern technology and ultra fast way of life in HK.

Tip: Another market scene area nearby in Sheung Wan can be found near the historic Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road. After the temple visit, you can stroll the curio street markets and many antique shops found on Hollywood Road (Antique Street) and Lascar Road (Cat Street).

Tip: You can access Ko Shing Street by MTR (Sheung Wan Station Exit A2) or just get off the 'Ding Ding' Tram (Eastern Street) and walk up Des Voeux Road West to Ko Shing Street.
Written October 30, 2013
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