The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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  • Published on:  8/8/2018
  • 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  4 days ago+46

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    • Mike T
      Mike T 4 hours ago

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng yesterday

      I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!

    • 1MFilms
      1MFilms 2 days ago+1

      Much props to Master Wu.
      It's so difficult for me to even write Chinese characters (Kanji), I can't imagine shaping a freaking neon bulb into one!

    • Leanna Atkins
      Leanna Atkins 2 days ago

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    • Elijah Belmont
      Elijah Belmont 3 days ago+1

      whats the name of the song in this video?

    • shobhit sinha
      shobhit sinha 3 days ago

      Plz come to india

    • LetoDK
      LetoDK 3 days ago

      Look up audio compression and limiting, because the volume fluctuates a lot in this video :-)

    • A Jj
      A Jj 4 days ago

      Fiber optic is the future....
      LED was big in the early 2000's.
      18 years ago!!!

    • kyle eaton
      kyle eaton 4 days ago

      I'm quite sure I like the neon better, it gives off a more mystical theme.

  • Devon A
    Devon A 16 minutes ago

    Things change

  • shoot fire outta ma eyes

    Future bass

  • Larry Singleton
    Larry Singleton 7 hours ago

    I'm not a big fan of Vox. I won't go there.
    I will say I was surprised. This is an interesting and informative video as I had first assumed, (You know; "ass-u-me". heh-heh), that they were going to say something about the Chinese government.
    I guess I spoke to soon. Right after I wrote the above he talks about how government regulations came down on "unsafe" signs through "safety codes".
    I hate, Hate, HATE the Better Homes and Gardens Gestapo that is Code Enforcement that dictates every part of what you do to your own home. How high fences and hedges can be. Having to get expensive permits to put in a f-ing window. I think you even have to get a permit to re-frame a door in your house. You see these "new" cities being created in places like California. The first thing they do is establish a Code Enforcement office. With Code Enforcement goons preying on people with "eyesores" like a 64 pickup truck in their back forty. What used to be rural areas are now part of the city and subject to fees, fines and every other onerous regulation.
    So I guess I'm left wondering how much influence the Chinese government has on local government.

  • Creativepeak 01
    Creativepeak 01 7 hours ago

    illusion 100

  • Lorinda
    Lorinda 14 hours ago

    Really love this Hong Kong series! So interesting. Hope you do mainland China.

  • YuukoDream Serenade
    YuukoDream Serenade 15 hours ago

    I don't think I have ever seen an informative video on YouTube so SATISFYING. The *editing* is FANTASTIC.

  • Ph Ph
    Ph Ph 16 hours ago

    I appreciated this, great video

  • Abdulimaguli
    Abdulimaguli 19 hours ago

    It’s called evolution

  • GiroFuse
    GiroFuse 19 hours ago

    5:20, looked it up and the dude is right, neon lights exist since 1917 (=over a hundred years)

  • Cody Private Channel

    just as vegas lost theirs years ago

  • Shuu U
    Shuu U yesterday

    Is neon lights bad for the environment?

  • Juju Z
    Juju Z yesterday

    Between the decline of neon and shutting down the pedestrian zone in Mongkok, HK's nightscape really is transforming :/

  • SSB Brandon
    SSB Brandon yesterday

    I like the Jackie Chan at 0:30 it looks just like the meme version & is that Bruce Lee to the left of him?

  • diamondminer666 MLG

    where can i find glowstone

  • JonathanJK
    JonathanJK yesterday

    Episode 4 is out! Let's see what Johnny got wrong this time.
    EDIT: Can see no mention was made that HK had more Neon than Las Vegas. That would have helped contextually to understand how much HK had at one point.

  • Jose Rivera
    Jose Rivera yesterday

    Nice sountrack man!

  • Aneudi Diaz
    Aneudi Diaz yesterday

    If your house has been devastated by flooding, then raise it up on stilts or pilings. Protect your investment!

  • Celebstagram
    Celebstagram yesterday

    The use of Osiris' M31 LUT is too strong in this video.
    It makes the Hong Kong lights look dull.

  • Sándor Fazekas
    Sándor Fazekas yesterday

    Damn, the intro's production value up until 1:25 is through the roof! Nice job!