The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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  • Published on:  8/8/2018
  • 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  7 days ago+64

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    • HDNXCN
      HDNXCN 10 hours ago

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    • Anglo-Afghan Dutch Mapper
      Anglo-Afghan Dutch Mapper 2 days ago

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    • Hudson Bernard
      Hudson Bernard 2 days ago

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    • Mike T
      Mike T 2 days ago

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    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng 4 days ago

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

    • 1MFilms
      1MFilms 5 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!

    • Leanna Atkins
      Leanna Atkins 5 days ago

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    • Elijah Belmont
      Elijah Belmont 5 days ago+1

      whats the name of the song in this video?

  • olaolapepsiman
    olaolapepsiman an hour ago

    V A P O U R

  • Jan Viator
    Jan Viator 11 hours ago

    lmao most of the movies were Wong Kar Wai's

  • Supernaturalme Supernaturalme

    The night scene like a surreal movie set with smells, sounds and noise, chaotic and disorderly order ,a bit sense of danger and tension in the air, exciting and igniting. A twirl of suction of everything, all energies of mismatch and mishap all together in a split second, you are overloaded with information and overwhelmed. Too much going on around you at the same time! Too fast too. Cinematic and dramatic. That s HK.

  • red comn
    red comn 11 hours ago

    Contact for master wu? I want one of those darn neon for music venue

  • Clement Lai
    Clement Lai 11 hours ago

    These series are truly beauitful. Thanks, Vox!

  • JuJu
    JuJu 12 hours ago

    Dope series! Tuning in from London

  • djjlc
    djjlc 13 hours ago

    Japan please don’t sacrifice your culture just to be like some boring ass American!!

  • Lyds
    Lyds 15 hours ago

    so well madw this video

  • Aman Rahman
    Aman Rahman 19 hours ago

    A fun game: when you go out a night, try to tell apart neon and LED lights. In Hyderbad, it's mostly LED.

  • sunny steve
    sunny steve 20 hours ago

    Time for future funk

  • Victor Pelizaro de Souza

    NEON >>>>> led

  • Brett Carroll
    Brett Carroll yesterday

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

  • MemeyGamer
    MemeyGamer yesterday

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

  • Mamatha Bhat
    Mamatha Bhat yesterday

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

  • guy sumpthin
    guy sumpthin yesterday

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

  • 关好人
    关好人 yesterday

    What is the song started at 0:08?

  • Anybody Noname
    Anybody Noname yesterday+1

    #PrayForNeon

  • Rohan Sehgal
    Rohan Sehgal yesterday

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

  • Deep Thought
    Deep Thought yesterday

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