The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

  • Published on: 08 August 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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COMMENTS: 40

  • Vox
    Vox   5 days ago

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  • 关好人
    关好人   4 hours ago

    What is the song started at 0:08?

  • Rohan Sehgal
    Rohan Sehgal   5 hours ago

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

  • Deep Thought
    Deep Thought   6 hours ago

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

  • yokcos
    yokcos   7 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   7 hours ago

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

  • aliciadear
    aliciadear   10 hours ago

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

  • putonekas
    putonekas   15 hours ago

    Those Leds are ugly as hell

  • putonekas
    putonekas   15 hours ago

    Those Leds are ugly as hell

  • Orange Rubik
    Orange Rubik   15 hours ago

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

  • CSW
    CSW   15 hours ago

    More video on Hong Kong please

  • nickdziwny
    nickdziwny   18 hours ago

    And that kind of videos is what I like from Vox.

  • hayden brayton
    hayden brayton   20 hours ago

    Nah If I needed a sign I would still go with neon you cant beat custom and hand made.

  • Akxyy
    Akxyy   21 hours ago

    某香港人睇咩?

  • Christian O. Holz
    Christian O. Holz   22 hours ago

    Light pollution. Yay. Calling neon lighting an "aesthetic" is very, well, kind. Good thing the government is putting some restraints on their use. Also, LEDs are much more energy efficient

  • BendyGO
    BendyGO   23 hours ago

    Outro song: Tom Hillock, Nicolas Boscovic - Golden Halo

  • K G
    K G   1 days ago

    I love the work you do on this series brother. Keep it up!

  • asspounderify
    asspounderify   1 days ago

    4:15How did you translate what he said from installation to "simple installation" It kind of puts him in a bad light, almost as if to trash on LEDs considering he produces neon lights

  • Dhruv Rai
    Dhruv Rai   1 days ago

    MY CITY SHINES LIKE A DIAMOND <3333

  • COPYSK Y
    COPYSK Y   1 days ago

    So many homg kong stores uses neon lights for signs.

  • AKNetworkEdit
    AKNetworkEdit   1 days ago

    Colour Grading: Teal and Orange. Teal, the worlds ugliest colour unless its in aqua marine setting. And orange Then you manipulate the man speaking's skin tone to make it look tanned. Stop it. BOOOO!

  • onbekende telefoon
    onbekende telefoon   1 days ago

    These types of vids is what makes Vox great. Stay out of climate and political things.

  • C M
    C M   1 days ago

    you guys should go to Kaliningrad Oblast

  • Synergy
    Synergy   1 days ago

    This camera quality is out of this world!

  • Larry Singleton
    Larry Singleton   1 days ago

    I'm not a big fan of Vox. I won't go there. I will say I was surprised. This is an interesting and informative video as I had first assumed, (You know; "ass-u-me". heh-heh), that they were going to say something about the Chinese government. I guess I spoke to soon. Right after I wrote the above he talks about how government regulations came down on "unsafe" signs through "safety codes". I hate, Hate, HATE the Better Homes and Gardens Gestapo that is Code Enforcement that dictates every part of what you do to your own home. How high fences and hedges can be. Having to get expensive permits to put in a f-ing window. I think you even have to get a permit to re-frame a door in your house. You see these "new" cities being created in places like California. The first thing they do is establish a Code Enforcement office. With Code Enforcement goons preying on people with "eyesores" like a 64 pickup truck in their back forty. What used to be rural areas are now part of the city and subject to fees, fines and every other onerous regulation. So I guess I'm left wondering how much influence the Chinese government has on local government.

  • Lorinda
    Lorinda   1 days ago

    Really love this Hong Kong series! So interesting. Hope you do mainland China.