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Curtains for Mong Kok, street artists eye new site

2018-07-12 HKT 18:49
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Street performers say they are on the lookout for new platforms as they bid farewell to the pedestrian zone in Mong Kok.

The government is shutting the zone down and reopening streets east of Nathan Road to traffic next month.

Transport officials announced on Wednesday that the area encompassing Sai Yeung Choi Street South and nearby roads will reopen to traffic from the first Saturday in August, doing away with the space that had been used by musicians and other street performers at weekends and public holidays for 18 years.

The Yau Tsim Mong District Council passed a motion in May to shut the busking zone down over noise complaints. A recent survey showed the vast majority of residents and shopkeepers in the area backed the move.

Ching Ching, who's been singing there for half a year, admitted that performances can be too noisy at times, but the area was perfect for street shows.

She and her team of musicians now plan to find another venue for their performances.

But Ching said she believes in the long-run, the government needs to designate suitable areas for buskers and regulate their performances.