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The world's busiest street(世界最繁忙街道 西洋菜街.1)
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Peoples, neon signs, mini internet promotion booth, LED display, huge TV and electronics shops, constitutes probably one of the world's busiest streets------Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok. According to a government estimate, about 20,000 people walk along Sai Yeung Choi Street per hour. Whether it's midday or midnight, it's always busy and crowded.

摩肩接踵的行人、霓虹燈招牌、網絡推銷站、LED廣告燈箱、大廈外牆巨型電視及連鎖電器店,構成了一條可能是世界最繁忙的街道------旺角西洋菜街。根據香港運輸署2012年的統計,這條街道的人流每小時達2萬人次,每論日與夜,這裡都擁擠囂鬧,難得一刻安寧。

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