Tsim Sha Tsui (TST): Red Light District Guide

Tsim Sha Tsui, also known as TST, is one of Hong Kong’s two prime red light districts (the other being Wan Chai).

Situated on the south of Kowloon Tsim Sha Tsui is a bustling province of peninsula before you cross to Hong Kong Island. An unassuming and popular tourist destination by day there are plenty of services offered for gentlemen looking for some adult relief.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the TST red light district, the types of sex sold here, and what you need to know if you are looking for some sexy fun.

A guide to the red light district of TST
A guide to the red light district of TST (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Prostitution in Tsim Sha Tsui

As in the rest of Hong Kong, prostitution is not illegal but soliciting and advertising for it is.

As a result, services are offered under the guise of adult massage. There is also a good industry for escort services and you can find contact details of women in the telephone directory under ‘Entertainment.

There is never any ambiguity about finding a suitable location as working women make it known that they are offering services using pictures on their door frames with some even hanging red-lights outside their room.

There are plenty of hotels within Tsim Sha Tsui that also double as massage dens where working girls get to offer their services within the hotel. Again, as prostitution itself is not illegal and there is only one client in the room then the hotel benefits from keeping their guests happy.

However, these arrangements should not be confused as brothel services as this is illegal in Hong Kong. Women who work in the sex industry must work for nobody but themselves and as such all prostitutes are considered ‘freelance’.

This can make searching for and contacting women a bit tricky but there are online databases such as go141.com that make finding someone suitable much easier. Searchable by nationality, size, services and location the website holds photographs, bios and prices as well as contact details for each individual lady.

You can also check out our guide to Hong Kong brothels, or rather, the closest thing to them.

TST Prostitution Hot Spots

Perhaps the most famous prostitution hot spot is Portland Street.

Running North to South, Portland Street is a popular tourist destination and, for many, epitomises the visuals of Hong Kong. With its dazzling neon signs, touring skyscrapers, massage parlours and hostess bars the area is always busy.

There are plenty of legitimate venues where the services of a prostitute can be engaged and these are clearly evident, particularly at night. Look out for the obvious advertising of adult massage services.

As well as Portland Street, there is plenty of action to be found on Reclamation and Shanghai Street as well as Ladies Market.

Watch out for the many seedier establishments around TST.

There are illegal brothels in the area which are generally operated by criminal organisations and can be subject to raids by the authorities. It is not recommended to visit these venues and they are clearly identifiable by their bright pink neon signs.

It is also possible to pick up the services of a prostitute in saunas like K-Pressure (102 Woosung St, Hong Kong, Kowloon) or through hostess bars as well as on the street.

However, as with other red light areas in Hong Kong there are one-woman brothels which operate out of larger buildings like tower blocks. Each room is leased by a single prostitute thereby rendering their activities inside the law.

Situated conveniently in the one building, clients can choose from a range of ladies at a single venue.

One such spot in Tsum Sha Tsui is the James S. Lee Mansion. Located on the Carnarvon Road, there are around 20 women advertising their services from the building and whose prices range from HKD320 to HKD800.


There is a woman in Tsim Sha Tsui to suit every desire and many you probably haven’t even thought of yet. Online directories list the services that each prostitute offers so you can find the right match for your tastes.

Most massage parlours will offer straightforward intercourse, oral or hand relief but anything outside of this is at the discretion of the individual lady.

You can check in advance using the online database of go141 where each prostitute lists their specialities; from 69 to fire and ice blow jobs, anal to fetish.

Sex in TST: Prices

Prices vary depending on the type of service you are asking for, the popularity of the girl providing the service and how the services are engaged.

You can expect to pay anything from HKD200 to HKD1000 for basic intercourse.

Anything outside of hand relief, oral and straightforward sex will come at an extra cost and must be agreed in advance.

There can be language difficulties so if you have something specific in mind then you will want to be sure that you have either selected a lady who speaks English or have a translation written down.

Have you indulged in the red light district of TST?

What are some of the best (or craziest) adult services you’ve seen sold around the area?

Let us know in the comments.