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18 years of raucous Hong Kong street entertainment to end on July 29 as Mong Kok pedestrian zone reaches final act

The curtain will finally fall on buskers in one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping areas on July 29, after 18 years of raucous entertainment.

The government announced the deadline on Wednesday for the closure of the Mong Kok pedestrian zone along Sai Yeung Choi Street South. The road will be open to traffic around the clock from the following day.

The Transport Department said 97 per cent of local residents and shopkeepers supported the move in a recent consultation exercise. The figure was disclosed in a paper to be tabled for discussion at a meeting of Yau Tsim Mong district council on Thursday.

The local council passed a motion in May to terminate the zone by a vote of 15 to 1. Since the year 2000 sections of the road have been closed to traffic during specific periods of the week.

The government scheme has made the area hugely popular with buskers and other entertainers, as well as tourists. But local residents and shop operators have been up in arms over noise disturbances, and submitted more than 1,200 complaints last year.

The zone is currently car-free between 4pm and 10pm on Saturdays and from noon to 10pm on public holidays. The hours were shortened several times between 2010 and 2014.

Hong Kong pedestrian zone to be scrapped after more than 1,000 complaints about Mong Kok street performers

The department said in the paper that average pedestrian flow during weekend peak hours had fallen to between 10,700 and 14,800 people an hour. Those numbers were a 24 per cent drop on 2014, when the opening times were last cut short.

There were between 85 and 104 vehicles passing through the street per

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