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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    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  2 months ago +97

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    • Xuelder
      Xuelder  2 months ago

      I loved this video, but I have a "weird" question: what was the font used at the beginning to spell Hong Kong? I would love to use it in my projects.

    • Mr. Salimi
      Mr. Salimi  2 months ago

      Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai

    • Hudson Bernard
      Hudson Bernard  2 months ago

      Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.

    • Mike T
      Mike T  2 months ago

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng  2 months ago

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

  • ShtiffleSauce
    ShtiffleSauce  10 hours ago

    Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese

  • Tactical Player

    Ok vox but should I chose neon or led kit for a car?

  • A Shizuoka
    A Shizuoka  6 days ago

    This series is alright, but I hate the walking and talking shots. Where is he even supposed to be going?? What are you in such a hurry for???

  • OrionSentry
    OrionSentry  10 days ago

    Hong Kong would be a great city , if it weren't for those Super Rude Hong Kong People.
    Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong

  • Howell Wang
    Howell Wang  10 days ago

    白皮猪根本不懂中国历史,中国的发展经历了多少困难。

  • treeman Michael Jacksonn

    Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ

  • Thomas TubeHD
    Thomas TubeHD  12 days ago

    Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese

  • Sophia Castano
    Sophia Castano  13 days ago

    There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.

  • Sean Pan
    Sean Pan  14 days ago

    He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.

  • Funky173
    Funky173  15 days ago

    The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.

  • Hong Kong
    Hong Kong  18 days ago

    :(

  • Heidi Huang
    Heidi Huang  19 days ago

    I remember seeing this when I went back to China last year..... in Chinese and when I went to China everywhere there are neon lights but the ones in Hong Kong are definently the most beautiful

  • TheShadowParliament

    Everything that has even a smudge of unique beautiful individuality is slowly being replaced with soulless mass produced rubbish.

  • T.M. Squirrel
    T.M. Squirrel  21 days ago

    stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!

  • Alex
    Alex  22 days ago

    vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."

  • GunmetalGaming
    GunmetalGaming  23 days ago

    Neon almost always looks cooler lol. Thankfully in Philadelphia where I go to school A LOT of new highrises are built with neon lights integrated into their exterior walls, very cool and futuristic.

  • Scott Free
    Scott Free  25 days ago

    Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.

  • Maria Ramirez
    Maria Ramirez  25 days ago +1

    I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights
    Anyways i like the neon lights better

  • ben smith
    ben smith  27 days ago

    Led sucks!