The decline of Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow


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Neon is fading.

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Explore neon culture through this local museum project: http://www.neonsigns.hk/?lang=en

Master Wu started making neon signs in the ’80s and has been filling Hong Kong’s streets with bright neon signs ever since. But recently, Master Wu has seen his business slow down as brighter-burning and more energy-efficient LED signs emerge. In addition to getting fewer requests, Hong Kong’s iconic neon landscape is also losing thousands of signs per year, ushering in the end of the city’s neon era.

As Hong Kong’s neon lights start to fade, I spent some time with Master Wu at his neon shop, where he showed me how he makes neon signs, and took a look at Hong Kong’s changing cityscape.

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20 Comments:

  1. Science with Katie

    Just realised I’ve only mainly seen footage of Hong Kong at night!

  2. Hey Vox you’re currently filling the void that was left after Vice started riding millennial trends instead of producing interesting and engaging content.. Please don’t fall into the same rabbit hole haha. Stay inspired, believe that you’ve got a story to tell and views will follow suit!

  3. *A E S T H E T I C*

  4. Guilherme Ferreira

    Nice video. That’s why I’m subscribed.

  5. Love neon lights. There’s something about them which screams “city” to me

  6. Thank you again, Johnny 🙂

  7. Avery Lopez-Baines

    Hong Kong, what a nice and interesting city! Would love to go there someday and see all the sights like the Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong Disneyland, Victoria Peak, ride a Star Ferry, ride a double decker tram, Ocean Park, and the Happy Valley Racecourse.

  8. That was very eye-opening ?

  9. it would be cool if hong kong had a few streets where it just used neon lights.

  10. When I visited HK back in the 90’s, I remember the neon signs along Nathan Road were not allowed to flash, as it was near the old airport and they didn’t want them to confuse pilots!

  11. I don’t like how this video portrays the change as a bad thing. It’s a great thing! Like you said in the video, LEDs are easier to install, cheaper, and more efficient. I’d like to add that their color can be controlled electronically, and you can have a lot of different colors in one spot. Neon will always be around, but I don’t support keeping them as street signs.

  12. Ahhh…. So this is what Earth looks like at night…!! Impressive!

  13. “Japanese comics”

    As a S class weeb, it’s pronounced manga.

  14. Tramaine Terrance

    Hello, Humans. I piss blood and eat candy for breakfast. Nothing can stop a man on a mission, a mission to Mars. Once I arrive on Mars, I’ll take a special Mars shower. A shower in which, you can only get on Mars. After I visit Mars, I’ll venture out into the overall unknown universe. Space calls my name. I stop pissing blood and I start pissing, peace and happiness.

    TERRANCE OUT

  15. EDM Squad. Records

    Hong Kong is a gorgeous city and *Vox* just accentuated it all ?

  16. heyheyhey

    What’s with that Neistat editing?!?!

    …Not that I have a problem for that or anything….

  17. Vox might have some questionable views on certain topics but I know one thing for sure, and its that their production is top quality.

  18. Super nice video edit! Led is the way to go now.

  19. TOMOKIN / Ryota Tomogane

    “Japanese comics” As a S class weeb, it’s pronounced manga. by Japanese Justin Y.

  20. Underground Charisma

    Intro song: Nikitch – Deku Trees

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