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The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

  • Published on: 08 August 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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COMMENTS: 40

  • Vox
    Vox   1 weeks ago

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  • Mari
    Mari   3 hours ago

    The editing is amazing

  • xMizunderstoodx
    xMizunderstoodx   20 hours ago

    What a shame. I will always remember how these neon signs light up the Hong Kong night and skyline.

  • Chris
    Chris   1 days ago

    What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?

  • MrHan
    MrHan   1 days ago

    Same reason we don't see Model Ts still running around. They're romantic yes, but we can relegate them to the enthusiasts and hobbyists. There is a place for preservation and conservation but society as a whole needs to move forward.

  • justin chan
    justin chan   1 days ago

    0:30 I’ve been there just yesterday when this comment was made. It is one of the streets in Mong Kok with all the small night shops. I am pretty sure.

  • 人活着钱没了
    人活着钱没了   1 days ago

    I think LED can also be made into the forms of traditional Chinese characters, but it will cost a little more money.

  • Billy The-Kid
    Billy The-Kid   1 days ago

    LEDs lightings are more suitable for in house lighting. NEON lights are still more aesthetically pleasing and dramatic for Signages.

  • Derelect
    Derelect   1 days ago

    I want to see a story done on Catalonia in Spain, I think that would be really cool to see.

  • Rick White
    Rick White   1 days ago

    2:45 Neon gas give YELLOW color, just as shown in the video. Not red as stated.

  • Shelby Brown
    Shelby Brown   1 days ago

    The editing in the beginning of this video reminds me of 2015-2016 One Direction Vine edits... in a good way.

  • gamekiller999
    gamekiller999   2 days ago

    I live in HK and even thought neon lights are beautiful they are some time annoying cuz the light is very bright and hurt the eye

  • Just Cuz
    Just Cuz   2 days ago

    If only I could find someone to love me the way Master Wu loves Neon! 😍😍

  • Handi Cui
    Handi Cui   2 days ago

    lol the lofi eastern asian influenced music couldn't be more fitting

  • Dystropy Ko
    Dystropy Ko   2 days ago

    DId vox run out of budget? It says its a series about borders but there is literally nothing about borders and hes stayed in the same city for 4 episodes. The first season was way better and more informational.

  • ED L
    ED L   2 days ago

    what is the name of master wu’s shop?

  • Li Zhang
    Li Zhang   2 days ago

    damn that intro was lit 🔥🔥🔥 keep it up vox

  • alexlammm2
    alexlammm2   2 days ago

    Good work! As a HK citizen, I didn't realise there are stories behind those signs.

  • Petabyte
    Petabyte   2 days ago

    vox is creating some amazing short film / documentaries. kudos.

  • Dripps
    Dripps   2 days ago

    When did vox turn into Casey?

  • British Tiger
    British Tiger   3 days ago

    Wow the editing on this one took a huge jump in quality. nice

  • sscheckerrs
    sscheckerrs   3 days ago

    Thanks for this episode. It was lovely

  • Jan Viator
    Jan Viator   4 days 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   4 days ago

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

  • Clement Lai
    Clement Lai   4 days ago

    These series are truly beauitful. Thanks, Vox!

  • JuJu
    JuJu   4 days ago

    Dope series! Tuning in from London