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 days ago +46

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    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng  14 hours ago

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

    • 1MFilms
      1MFilms  yesterday +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  2 days ago +1

      whats the name of the song in this video?

    • shobhit sinha
      shobhit sinha  2 days ago

      Plz come to india

  • Cody Private Channel

    just as vegas lost theirs years ago

  • Shuu U
    Shuu U  2 hours ago

    Is neon lights bad for the environment?

  • Juju Z
    Juju Z  3 hours ago

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

  • SSB Brandon
    SSB Brandon  4 hours ago

    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  6 hours ago

    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  7 hours ago

    Nice sountrack man!

  • Aneudi Diaz
    Aneudi Diaz  8 hours ago

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

  • Celebstagram
    Celebstagram  9 hours ago

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

  • Sándor Fazekas
    Sándor Fazekas  10 hours ago

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

  • Jesus Christ the OG
    Jesus Christ the OG  11 hours ago

    LED blows, NEON 4 LIFE

  • Joshua Boulter
    Joshua Boulter  11 hours ago

    3:05 song name!

  • Legit LowQualityGuy
    Legit LowQualityGuy  12 hours ago

    Deja vu

  • Mex1canPapi1
    Mex1canPapi1  13 hours ago

    awesome video

  • 9385dee7
    9385dee7  13 hours ago

    Fantastic music

  • Flavius Aetius
    Flavius Aetius  14 hours ago

    OMG, why do you feel the need to make the music volume twice that of the speech volume?

  • HamzaA
    HamzaA  14 hours ago

    Cool soundtrack

  • Sgt_DarkHawk
    Sgt_DarkHawk  16 hours ago

    Vox is the MVP

  • teddybruscie
    teddybruscie  20 hours ago

    Artistically it sucks but economically and environmentally neon can't be the popular choice. It has to be a niche thing.