The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Neon is fading.Follow Johnny on Instagram: the Vox Borders watch page: original music by Tom Fox: neon culture through this local museum project: 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.Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


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  • agentbananauk  16 days ago

    Well it is only 5 mins and from about company with a decent budget

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  • Andrew Glinski  11 months ago

    So neon lights Argon?

  • Youngblood  20 days ago


  • brandon smith  29 days ago

    inquizative44 HAHAHAHA it’s a joke dude he meant it like neon lights “are gone”. I like the positivity and knowledge though!

  • Akira Joestar  11 months ago

    The "aesthetic" of the neon lights is really gorgeous

  • fuck off HOE  10 months ago

    But can get super annoying if you live by a street full of neon...

  • Duke  11 months ago

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

  • Bruno Pagani  10 months ago

    My exact thoughts on this video! Just incredible.

  • seonni  10 months ago

    Not really, this one is a total ripoff of an older documentary, "霓虹的製作 The Making of Neon Signs" ( ). *That* one is actually high quality and it goes in depth to show the beauty of it, really interviewing not only the master himself but also other crafters that talk about the value of the master's work in depth.

  • Militant Pacifist  11 months ago

    Once LED takes over, all neon lights argon.

  • Null  28 days ago

    Dad is that you?

  • 『C0FFEE』  9 months ago

    @DerpyBean haha I see you watch rusty?

  • Sebastian Elytron  11 months ago

    Them poor neon lights, new technology has "led" to their decline. ☹️

  • michelle cottrell  20 days ago

    @Mr. J_Krr_ led you even said led that's the joke lol

  • shinukism shnuck  a months ago

    Led's we're invented in 1910

  • My name is Joey  11 months ago

    I thought he was gonna make a Vox neon sign for the outro

  • Duct_Tape Heart  11 months ago

    I was hoping for that too!

  • Adora Tsang  11 months ago

    Neon lights are noisy. It's light and sound pollution. Please don't romanticize this outdated technology just because a cool artisan is still crafting it by hands.I used to live on the 3rd floor above a restaurant in Hong Kong. The bright neon red would flood the living room. The high pitch buzzing it's like 10x a refrigerator. I have a lifetime of sleep problem growing up in that apartment. Poor people who can't afford high rent would live in those units in lower floors. And due to their poor sleep,...

  • Must be a sketchy light if its so loud you can hear in through concrete

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    Intro song: Nikitch - Deku Trees

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