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Chinese Music Buskers in Tsim Sha Tsui

Although not officially allowed it is not uncommon to see buskers in Tsim Sha Tsui, here one plays the Erhu, a two stringed bowed instrument, as well as a western mouth organ.

Many of the buskers are experienc musicians from Mainland China who have travelled to the district to earn some extra money.  They can be found throughout the tourist area os Tsim Sha Tsui, here in the pedestrian underpass on the corner of Nathan Road and Salsbury Road taking advantage of the good acoustics.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Tsimshatsui?

In Chinese the district is called 尖沙嘴, which literally means Tip Sand Mouth, and is a reference to the sandy river which once flowed here, long since covered by land reclamation.  The pronunciation is impossible to describe using Roman letters alone, some attempts include Jim Shar Joy and Chim Sa Choi but none are of course accurate, and it is very hard for a non Chinese native to pronounce the words correctly.  Hence the common abriviation into TST - sounded out as "tee-ess-tee".  Everybody in Hong Kong will understand if you say TST.

When it comes to writing you will see Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsimshatsui used equally, both are acceptable.  But not Tsimsha Tsui or Tsim Shatsui, that would be incorrect.  However you say or write it, TST is a fascinating place to be.


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