The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Neon is fading.
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    With original music by Tom Fox: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-416166523
    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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  • Vox
    Vox  6 days ago +62

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    • Anglo-Afghan Dutch Mapper
      Anglo-Afghan Dutch Mapper  yesterday

      Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai

    • Hudson Bernard
      Hudson Bernard  yesterday

      Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.

    • Mike T
      Mike T  yesterday

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng  3 days ago

      I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!

    • 1MFilms
      1MFilms  4 days ago +1

      Much props to Master Wu.
      It's so difficult for me to even write Chinese characters (Kanji), I can't imagine shaping a freaking neon bulb into one!

  • Brett Carroll
    Brett Carroll  an hour ago

    *O U T R U N I S L I F E*

  • MemeyGamer
    MemeyGamer  an hour ago

    Honestly, I prefer the looks for neon, it's more clean and minimalist and cool looking.

  • Mamatha Bhat
    Mamatha Bhat  6 hours ago

    Why are you making so many videos on HK????

  • guy sumpthin
    guy sumpthin  6 hours ago

    Neon peaked in the 70's ? Thats way off. In the 70 neon antiques cover the antique shops

  • 关好人
    关好人  12 hours ago

    What is the song started at 0:08?

  • Rohan Sehgal
    Rohan Sehgal  14 hours ago

    Loved the music tracks in this video. Can Vox please make it available on Spotify or something? Thanks!

  • Deep Thought
    Deep Thought  14 hours ago

    But without neon lights, how would we make vaporwave and synthwave album covers?

  • yokcos
    yokcos  15 hours ago

    so neon lights, relative to LEDs, are expensive, unsafe, difficult to make, and inefficient? Sounds like LEDs taking over is a great idea.

  • Cidila Chan
    Cidila Chan  15 hours ago

    I love the editing of this video omg is so good!

  • Ritvik Khandelwal
    Ritvik Khandelwal  16 hours ago +1

    Hong Kong's skyline puts every American skyline to shame.

    • Ritvik Khandelwal
      Ritvik Khandelwal  7 hours ago

      Saw it before this one...doesn't change the fact that HK's skyline puts every American skyline to shame lmao. Btw, I live in NYC.

    • photinoman
      photinoman  8 hours ago

      watch the next episode about cage homes...

  • Greg Pappas
    Greg Pappas  17 hours ago

    That Intro music was hype

  • aliciadear
    aliciadear  18 hours ago

    I'm sad the Borders episodes are so short these days! Love this series!

  • TheEpicNarwhal
    TheEpicNarwhal  22 hours ago

    I geuss we need to move onto led

  • putonekas
    putonekas  23 hours ago

    Those Leds are ugly as hell

  • putonekas
    putonekas  23 hours ago

    Those Leds are ugly as hell

  • Orange Rubik
    Orange Rubik  yesterday

    Can you post a list of the songs you use in your videos?

  • CSW
    CSW  yesterday

    More video on Hong Kong please

  • Paolo De Nora
    Paolo De Nora  yesterday

    Outro song name, please !