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

     (Aug 10, 2018)

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  • Rafael Sanchez

     (Dec 6, 2018)


  • Xuelder

     (Aug 19, 2018)

    I loved this video, but I have a "weird" question: what was the font used at the beginning to spell Hong Kong? I would love to use it in my projects.

  • greentealatte

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    Vox editing is seriously on point!

  • Maxwell's demon

     (Aug 11, 2018)

    Tjuhr where's your content with higher quality production? Oh right...

  • Life on Wheels 422

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    greentealatte you should see my editing omg

  • Andrew Glinski

     (Aug 10, 2018)

    So neon lights Argon?

  • inquizative44

     (Nov 25, 2018)

    Neon, argon, helium, krypton, xenon are a class of elements called 'noble gasses,' used in creating neon signs. Each create a different color. Look on your periodic table and they are listed. Don't mind these dumb responses, you asked a very good question. Always ask the question!! This is how we learn.

  • Scandi

     (Nov 21, 2018)


  • Duke

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    Vox might have some questionable views on certain topics but I know one thing for sure, and its that their production is top quality.

  • Bruno Pagani

     (Sep 24, 2018)

    My exact thoughts on this video! Just incredible.

  • seonni

     (Sep 7, 2018)

    Not really, this one is a total ripoff of an older documentary, "霓虹的製作 The Making of Neon Signs" ( ). *That* one is actually high quality and it goes in depth to show the beauty of it, really interviewing not only the master himself but also other crafters that talk about the value of the master's work in depth.

  • Militant Pacifist

     (Aug 9, 2018)

    Once LED takes over, all neon lights argon.

  • Reez

     (Oct 19, 2018)

    +DerpyBean haha I see you watch rusty?

  • DerpyBean

     (Aug 18, 2018)

    Kuuna,You make a loop and the snake goes downBut changes it's mind and turns aroundAnd climbs back up to the top againThis is where the fun beginsYou take the snake and spiral downAnd at the bottomWhat has he found?The snake goes into the rabbit's holeThen you give the top a pullNever consider self abuseThis is how you tie a noose

  • Underground Charisma

     (Aug 9, 2018)

    Intro song: Nikitch - Deku Trees

  • claveaumich

     (Jan 10, 2019)

    You are the best!!!!!

  • Rafael Sanchez

     (Dec 6, 2018)


  • Cap S

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    Each video is unique.. no part is used in another.. soo original, each & every time..

  • Azrael

     (Aug 12, 2018)

    wow first time seeing vox like someones comment cngrats bro

  • MSHbbx

     (Aug 9, 2018)

    well...this video didnt include word even once borders.This should be called hong kong not borders

  • Justin Y.

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    "Japanese comics"As a S class weeb, it's pronounced manga.

  • Goyon Man

     (Feb 17, 2019)


  • Gang Gang Nibba

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    fat weeb

  • Akira Joestar

     (Aug 9, 2018)

    The "aesthetic" of the neon lights is really gorgeous

  • fuck off HOE

     (Aug 28, 2018)

    But can get super annoying if you live by a street full of neon...

  • Adora Tsang

     (Aug 9, 2018)

    Neon lights are noisy. It's light and sound pollution. Please don't romanticize this outdated technology just because a cool artisan is still crafting it by hands.I used to live on the 3rd floor above a restaurant in Hong Kong. The bright neon red would flood the living room. The high pitch buzzing it's like 10x a refrigerator. I have a lifetime of sleep problem growing up in that apartment. Poor people who can't afford high rent would live in those units in lower floors. And due to their poor sleep,...

  • Esteban Palavecino

     (Mar 11, 2019)

    Skalhen Islam will fix that problem.

  • I slightly change every name i reply to

     (Feb 28, 2019)

    The amount of inconsiderate twats commenting without previous thought on a pretty serious problem dealt with by tens of thousands around the world appalls me. Now I don't know what kind of place any of you live in, but judging by your comments it's probably some kids living off of their parents in a comfy apartment who have no taste of what it feels like to be an adult. Unless you build a concrete wall over all the windows, there is no way to prevent all the light of a neon sign right outside your wind...