...but Mong Kok street cabaret a must

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 July, 2011, 12:00am


Mong Kok's bustling pedestrian zone has long been a magnet for street performers and despite the rain on Friday night, one lively troupe turned up for their daily fix.

Every night from 7pm to 11pm, Yu Po-kong brings his unique style of circus entertainment to Sai Yeung Choi Street. The 61-year-old is joined by retired banker Johnny Ma Chak-sing, 60, a cross-dressing singer and dancer, and a 70-year-old singer who goes by her stage name Sister Fa. The trio met a few years ago and have performed together ever since.

Yu, who joined the circus when he was nine years old in his home town of Wuhan in Hubei province moved to Hong Kong 26 years ago. He uses Shaolin swords and juggling balls in his act as well as sings in a baritone.

Yu used to hire halls in Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan so he could perform, but it became too expensive so he took to the streets instead. Ma criticised the government's decision to limit the programme to Sha Tin, saying places like Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui were better options for buskers.

'I've always loved performing here,' he said. 'The government should provide more places like this. They have talked about it, but I don't know when it will happen.'