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
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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  a years ago +197

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  • Sebastian Brooks-Baker

    Instead they got the glow of gun shots.

  • OhFishyFish
    OhFishyFish  5 days ago

    You completely ruined the video with this orange & teal grading.

  • Research_Support
    Research_Support  7 days ago

    LED

  • Kriss
    Kriss  7 days ago

    I would go hongkong just for the neon light

  • AM2 SCG
    AM2 SCG  7 days ago

    The editing is just amazing..

  • Ax Ks
    Ax Ks  14 days ago

    He serves such a noble cause

  • Sean Su
    Sean Su  14 days ago

    this is just sad

  • Good Morning
    Good Morning  21 days ago

    Actually a lot of those signs translates to night clubs

  • pooja kumar
    pooja kumar  1 months ago

    What's the name of the music? Tom has made many music pieces.

  • Blue_ cat999
    Blue_ cat999  1 months ago

    Leave it to government safety regulation to ruin a city's beauty.

  • Ahny Mus
    Ahny Mus  1 months ago

    BRO PLEASE DO A EPISODE IN THE HOOD. JUST LIKE THIS. PLEEEEAAASSSEEEEE. COME TO FLINT MICHIGAN. JUST DONT DRINK OR SHOWER NEAR ANYTHING WATER RELATED ...

  • Natu 100
    Natu 100  1 months ago

    When Hong Kong wasn’t chaos

  • abizit gill
    abizit gill  1 months ago

    I think Hong Kong currently has bigger problems than neon lights

  • One UP
    One UP  2 months ago

    neon is great indoors

    please tell those families in the trade

  • Piyush Bansal
    Piyush Bansal  2 months ago

    Why do people write such stories? Does anyone read them?

  • Casey Penk
    Casey Penk  2 months ago +1

    Blade Runner was NOT a “popular American blockbuster.” It didn’t do that well at the box office but has slowly become a cult classic.

  • Forever Alone
    Forever Alone  2 months ago

    I prefer the neon than LED

  • No Filter A Nintendo Podcast

    The more videos i watch on hong kong, the more i feel like i need to go there right away before the inner beauty is snuffed out. But now im stuck waiting for the protests and china influence to stop before it is handed over in 30 years

  • Lam Par
    Lam Par  3 months ago

    Time to put it to rest. Good bye!