The decline of Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow – Hong Kong Video



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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23 Comments - Write a Comment

  1. Great video, but the sound puts me off. When it's loud, it's too loud. And when there are spoken words, the sound is too low.

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  2. the visuals for this video are so great!

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  3. You going to do one on food

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  4. Asian cities used to have very distinct aesthetic, but now, they are all becoming the same

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  5. Technology's always evolving and finding new ways to make cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly products that do what the old ones did with the same or even better quality

    History and culture are important, but preservation shouldn't come before improvement. LEDs offer a lot more advantages over neon, so it is only natural they take it's place

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  6. like ghost in the shell or just ghost in the shell?

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  7. This series is so amazing, informative and extremely well crafted

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  8. i freaking love this series i'm obsessed

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  9. Vox is like buzzfeed if it was actually good at being entertaining and being informative about topics that matter

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  10. LED is good for a cheap bright light it sucks for aesthetics

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  11. I do wish for a long tenure for vox borders. One of my fav series on the channel!

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  12. Love this hong kong series!!

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  13. White people smell like mayonnaise

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  14. Damn, the soundtrack in this vid is absolutely sick, nice work Vox

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  15. I can tell Johnny really loved his drone

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  16. NOOOO. Please don't go, Neon lights!

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  17. I love the time lapse clips in this video. Also a big fan of neon lights

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  18. Freaking love Hong Kong. Best city on this planet.

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  19. “These signs look like they’re neon, they’re built in the aesthetic of neon…”
    What? No, they’re not, at all! They look like the cheap junk that they are, and I thought the whole point of the episode was that the “neon aesthetic” is going away, partly because of replacement through horrible LED signs.

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  20. These Hong Kong videos are amazing! Much better than the usual stuff that vox pumps out…

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  21. Ae is so great on editing videos great job guys

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