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

     3 months ago +106

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  • Kawaii_gamer Gamer

    Kawaii_gamer Gamer

     12 hours ago

    I have went to Hong Kong 5 times in my life time and I’m only 10 and yup the neon lights is iconic in Hong Kong and snap a pic for now and it’s good for pictures and for aesthetic purposes so u can post a pic for insta or two

  • John Wong

    John Wong

     yesterday

    Neon light has big maintenance cost, it wills break easy. and it works in high voltage. consume huge power.

  • HebaruSan

    HebaruSan

     6 days ago

    Good riddance.

  • Cactus Jack

    Cactus Jack

     10 days ago

    “Visual culture” god I’ve never heard something more pretentious

  • Bryan William

    Bryan William

     10 days ago

    Beautiful video with great information

  • FaceAche

    FaceAche

     10 days ago

    Hong Kong???
    What about las vegas???🤔

  • FaceAche

    FaceAche

     10 days ago

    The world is not what it used to be,charles..

  • jacksonville 123

    jacksonville 123

     13 days ago +1

    SAVE THE NEON

  • Kevin Mai

    Kevin Mai

     15 days ago

    imagine letting master who watercool your pc

  • Derek Liu

    Derek Liu

     16 days ago

    Lmao sucks for him another example or product development and the disruption of an industry. You just gotta adapt

  • Darth Utah 66

    Darth Utah 66

     18 days ago

    I must say, Hong Kong is a fascinating city

  • right eye

    right eye

     21 days ago

    Neon > LED

  • Jason Leung

    Jason Leung

     27 days ago

    Nice to know my hometown inspired the aesthetics of Cyberpunk and other sci-fi subcultures, gotta love that aesthetic.

  • kolorish

    kolorish

     28 days ago +1

    1:10 someone knows where the red sign is located?

  • ShtiffleSauce

    ShtiffleSauce

     29 days ago

    Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese

  • Tactical Player

    Tactical Player

     a months ago

    Ok vox but should I chose neon or led kit for a car?

  • A Shizuoka

    A Shizuoka

     1 months ago

    This series is alright, but I hate the walking and talking shots. Where is he even supposed to be going?? What are you in such a hurry for???

  • OrionSentry

    OrionSentry

     1 months ago

    Hong Kong would be a great city , if it weren't for those Super Rude Hong Kong People.
    Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong

  • Howell Wang

    Howell Wang

     1 months ago

    白皮猪根本不懂中国历史,中国的发展经历了多少困难。