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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    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 +186

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  • Lam Par

    Lam Par

     2 days ago

    Time to put it to rest. Good bye!

  • RedPat

    RedPat

     7 days ago

    Great show. 💥

  • Freshbreath100

    Freshbreath100

     21 days ago

    Great audio tracks in this video, good job really fits the vibe!

  • Kilroy was Here

    Kilroy was Here

     21 days ago

    Master WU I love it

  • Bndr

    Bndr

     21 days ago

    They always gotta ruin something beautiful and classic in the name of “Future”

  • Maybe_Kacey

    Maybe_Kacey

     21 days ago

    A lot of eastern Asia has neon lights as well

  • Timmy Cho

    Timmy Cho

     28 days ago

    I love how vox takes a very ordinary part of life for me. Interesting

  • Cabrito Rico

    Cabrito Rico

     28 days ago

    I love how youtube suggests videos about opinions that I didnt even realize existed

  • TeslaKaniv

    TeslaKaniv

     28 days ago

    Do neon lights interfere with 3G/4G signals?

  • 진혜

    진혜

     a months ago

    네온사인 때문에 5년 전 갔던 홍콩을 잊을 수가 없음.... 홍콩만의 네온사인 너무 좋음

  • Chase Holmes

    Chase Holmes

     a months ago

    Does anyone know the song at the end? Plz I need it

  • genesssisss

    genesssisss

     a months ago

    I’m a big fan of neon... it’s more uniform in the lighting, softer, classsic!

  • K R

    K R

     a months ago

    Neon lights are my biggest heartbreak... Gutted that they're going out of cities, they used to make my heart go all mushy when I came into their colorful cities

  • God //

    God //

     a months ago

    It all comes down to the light bills.

  • rhoMARVELOUS

    rhoMARVELOUS

     a months ago

    I Love Hong Kong Disneyland/ Finale Parade: Paint the Night
    Keep it Up!

  • Nils Aguilar Rosas

    Nils Aguilar Rosas

     a months ago

    Dude you're the best making videos

  • Runnymede85

    Runnymede85

     2 months ago

    I find the way Americans pronounce "aesthetic" slightly triggering

  • Bad Meme

    Bad Meme

     2 months ago

    Funny thing is that you can replicate neon USING leds, it's just they're not trying.

  • Liam Bloomer

    Liam Bloomer

     2 months ago

    Ye I’m pretty sure I have xenon since I last visited