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Tourism

Why Hong Kong needs Mong Kok street performers: it’s good for business

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2018, 5:01pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2018, 5:01pm

I am writing in response to the article, “Pedestrian zone to be scrapped after more than 1,000 complaints about Mong Kok street performers” (May 17). As a Hongkonger, I strongly oppose the suspension of this pedestrian zone, as it will be a blow to buskers and to Hong Kong culture as a whole.

Prohibiting street performers from showcasing their talents and shutting down the pedestrian zone would damage the cultural uniqueness of Hong Kong. The area is a magnet for performing arts enthusiasts and promotes cultural interaction; its closure would therefore reduce the cultural vibrancy of the city. 

Moreover, many tourists find the performances and local vibe very appealing, which is good for retailers as well. Tourism is a major pillar of Hong Kong’s economy, all the more reason why the pedestrian area should be retained. 

Mong Kok street performers can be an asset to Hong Kong

Though sound pollution is an issue, regulations on decibel levels and time limits for performers can ensure minimum inconvenience to residents and commercial establishments.

Margaret Kwan, Kwai Chung