The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

  • に公開 2018/08/08
  • 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 ヶ月 前 +104

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    • Xuelder
      Xuelder 2 ヶ月 前

      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.

    • Mr. Salimi
      Mr. Salimi 3 ヶ月 前

      Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai

    • Hudson Bernard
      Hudson Bernard 3 ヶ月 前

      Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.

    • Mike T
      Mike T 3 ヶ月 前

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • HebaruSan
    HebaruSan 4 日 前

    Good riddance.

  • Cactus Jack
    Cactus Jack 8 日 前

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

  • Bryan William
    Bryan William 8 日 前

    Beautiful video with great information

  • FaceAche
    FaceAche 8 日 前

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

  • FaceAche
    FaceAche 8 日 前

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

  • jacksonville 123
    jacksonville 123 11 日 前 +1


  • Kevin Mai
    Kevin Mai 13 日 前

    imagine letting master who watercool your pc

  • Derek Liu
    Derek Liu 14 日 前

    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 16 日 前

    I must say, Hong Kong is a fascinating city

  • right eye
    right eye 19 日 前

    Neon > LED

  • Jason Leung
    Jason Leung 25 日 前

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

  • kolorish
    kolorish 26 日 前 +1

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

  • ShtiffleSauce
    ShtiffleSauce 27 日 前

    Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese

  • Tactical Player
    Tactical Player 28 日 前

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

  • A Shizuoka
    A Shizuoka ヶ月 前

    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 ヶ月 前

    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 ヶ月 前


  • treeman Michael Jacksonn

    Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ

  • Thomas TubeHD
    Thomas TubeHD ヶ月 前

    Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese

  • Sophia Castano
    Sophia Castano ヶ月 前

    There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.

  • Sean Pan
    Sean Pan ヶ月 前

    He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.

  • Funky173
    Funky173 ヶ月 前

    The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.

  • Hong Kong
    Hong Kong ヶ月 前


  • Heidi Huang
    Heidi Huang ヶ月 前

    I remember seeing this when I went back to China last year..... in Chinese and when I went to China everywhere there are neon lights but the ones in Hong Kong are definently the most beautiful

  • TheShadowParliament
    TheShadowParliament ヶ月 前

    Everything that has even a smudge of unique beautiful individuality is slowly being replaced with soulless mass produced rubbish.

  • T.M. Squirrel
    T.M. Squirrel ヶ月 前

    stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!

  • Alex
    Alex ヶ月 前

    vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."

  • GunmetalGaming
    GunmetalGaming ヶ月 前

    Neon almost always looks cooler lol. Thankfully in Philadelphia where I go to school A LOT of new highrises are built with neon lights integrated into their exterior walls, very cool and futuristic.

  • Scott Free
    Scott Free ヶ月 前

    Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.

  • Maria Ramirez
    Maria Ramirez ヶ月 前 +1

    I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights
    Anyways i like the neon lights better

  • ben smith
    ben smith ヶ月 前

    Led sucks!

  • marxist liberal
    marxist liberal ヶ月 前

    Oh the chinese commies r making LEDs to take down poor innocent neon lights of hong kong.. 😂🤣 this dude is a capitalist stooge and is only propping up capitalist propaganda against socialists

  • BigDannyK
    BigDannyK ヶ月 前

    Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk

  • Firstname Lastname
    Firstname Lastname ヶ月 前

    Why is Vox rooting for neon lights so much? Is it a fetish they have?

  • Aryan Dey
    Aryan Dey ヶ月 前

    Neon is a colour less gas you know.


    here's the song, been looking for too long lol

  • Synalla
    Synalla ヶ月 前

    The music you keep using for the Borders series is not only painful to hear in its composition, but also ridiculous in volume compared to the dialogue--the part that is IMPORTANT and NECESSARY. Your taste in indie music may be too distracting and painful, and that's your choice, but the volume levels need to emphasize the voices and make them heard. Otherwise, I have no incentive to watch your crap if I can't hear what you want to tell me.
    Borders isn't the only perpetrator of this terrible volume dynamic, but it is the worst. Please stop this. Believe it or not, I came to these videos for what you have to say, not for ear-grating crap that I didn't consent to or expect from the title or thumbnail.

  • niel Gt
    niel Gt ヶ月 前

    Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨

  • WhetZaddy
    WhetZaddy 2 ヶ月 前 +1

    What's that outro song??

  • Lunatic Lunala
    Lunatic Lunala 2 ヶ月 前

    warning:comment section contains neon jokes.

  • AomiN
    AomiN 2 ヶ月 前

    yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒

  • nerdygal
    nerdygal 2 ヶ月 前

    I love this. Love the way Johnny creates his videos. The filming, the narrating style, the atmosphere he creates, it's just amazing. Vox Borders is undoubtly my favourite series in the entire channel.
    Keep up the awesome work!

  • sandy
    sandy 2 ヶ月 前

    kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good

  • sonal narvekar
    sonal narvekar 2 ヶ月 前

    The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing

  • João Amorim
    João Amorim 2 ヶ月 前

    Amazing editing!!!

  • What Alien?
    What Alien? 2 ヶ月 前

    What does health have to do with removing neon lights??

  • David Arango Bermúdez
    David Arango Bermúdez 2 ヶ月 前

    What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?

  • Semerah Delima
    Semerah Delima 2 ヶ月 前

    i love this series!

  • smiling_chestnut
    smiling_chestnut 2 ヶ月 前

    This video really popped off

  • Daniel K
    Daniel K 2 ヶ月 前

    Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!

  • Elizabeth T
    Elizabeth T 2 ヶ月 前

    now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics

  • lawrence
    lawrence 2 ヶ月 前

    Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently

  • Literally Felicity
    Literally Felicity 2 ヶ月 前

    Neon lights are very pretty imo.

  • lawrence
    lawrence 2 ヶ月 前

    Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop

  • peter tuann
    peter tuann 2 ヶ月 前

    I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,

  • Saša Stajić
    Saša Stajić 2 ヶ月 前

    I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic

  • Grace W
    Grace W 2 ヶ月 前

    Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?

  • AstroNeón Sideral
    AstroNeón Sideral 2 ヶ月 前

    El neon jamás tendrá rival

  • Oh no it's marshie
    Oh no it's marshie 2 ヶ月 前

    I actually feel bad for the people who lives in the building or across where all the neon lights or led lights are hung. Good luck having a dark enough environment to sleep in with all those lights shining through.

  • Billy Bachiashvili
    Billy Bachiashvili 2 ヶ月 前

    That intro and the music in satisfying!! I love your work Vox!

  • drew t
    drew t 2 ヶ月 前 +3

    There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.

  • Aaron Keane
    Aaron Keane 2 ヶ月 前

    Music in this series is really nice!

  • Cancer Alert
    Cancer Alert 2 ヶ月 前

    Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?

  • YamiSpirit
    YamiSpirit 2 ヶ月 前

    Anyone know the song 3:00?

  • Nikola Prolić
    Nikola Prolić 2 ヶ月 前

    0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍

  • YO B
    YO B 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    i was doing that for almost a year in Ethiopia. i used to be a neon Bender. old memory! now am a scrolling LED expert. as much as i hate to say this, eventually we have to move on and adapt the future.

  • Dmitri Spiegel
    Dmitri Spiegel 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!

  • Dr. K
    Dr. K 2 ヶ月 前

    China's most iconic aspect?
    Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution

  • The Solar Wolf
    The Solar Wolf 2 ヶ月 前

    The future is not painted in just the glow of neon lights anymore, but in the simmer twinkles of the LED and flashes of a computer screen along with the nostalgic neon glow.

  • VariTimo
    VariTimo 2 ヶ月 前

    It’s not cool to change a movies aspect ratio from its original to 16:9. Not even for a political format.

  • Solomon Tsai
    Solomon Tsai 2 ヶ月 前

    0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.

  • Camille Lee
    Camille Lee 2 ヶ月 前

    Ughhh the LEDs doesnt have that soft glow when it lights up. Hopefully neon lights will thrive back into the spotlight.

  • The Legend
    The Legend 2 ヶ月 前

    Part of me will always be nostalgic for neon, but it's the past and It belongs there along with VHS players.

  • ElineOpje
    ElineOpje 2 ヶ月 前

    what song is it around 3:10?

  • XM
    XM 2 ヶ月 前

    Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga

  • Rodney Jones
    Rodney Jones 2 ヶ月 前

    It's going to be a very sad day the day that neon signs disappear for good and all we will have left are cyberpunk movies and games and city pop music to remember this amazingly beautiful *AESTHETIC* . The nostalgia is will kill so many people. 😭😭😭

  • 05candyman
    05candyman 2 ヶ月 前

    LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.

    • 05candyman
      05candyman 2 ヶ月 前

      +Countess' Slave I actually like LED alot. Especially gorgeous bright OLED TVs and cellphones.

    • Countess' Slave
      Countess' Slave 2 ヶ月 前

      05candyman and extremely unpleasant and unsatisfying to look at

  • 05candyman
    05candyman 2 ヶ月 前

    I like LED better

  • DJ Danger
    DJ Danger 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    The music is dope.

  • Matthew Reeves
    Matthew Reeves 2 ヶ月 前

    Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!

  • sapphirexwind
    sapphirexwind 2 ヶ月 前

    I had taken some glass classes at a museums glass workshop, they offer a Neon making class, I want to try it. Let's preserve craftsmanship!

  • sexy korean girl
    sexy korean girl 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    hong kong is a third rate city now. like all the kong girls

  • Delfim Álvaro
    Delfim Álvaro 2 ヶ月 前

    Damn, Vox. This series is fireeee!

  • Archer V.
    Archer V. 2 ヶ月 前

    for money....

  • The TNTsheep
    The TNTsheep 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    Neon lights were great, but we shouldn't linger in the past; instead we should embrace the new.

  • Bruce Chang-Gu
    Bruce Chang-Gu 2 ヶ月 前

    not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning

  • Dj3ndo
    Dj3ndo 2 ヶ月 前

    Amazing series!

  • Ben Cooper
    Ben Cooper 2 ヶ月 前

    I want a wall of neon signs from hong kong if someone can help me out.

  • penguins forall
    penguins forall 2 ヶ月 前

    Keep in mind a big part of why LEDs are cheap and bright is due to phosphors. Pretty much all the LEDs you can buy use phosphors. Neon lights could similarly use phosphors and make them nearly an order of magnitude more efficiency similar to CFL lamps.

  • loversandlies
    loversandlies 2 ヶ月 前


  • DmofukinLee
    DmofukinLee 2 ヶ月 前

    using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE

  • That Girl
    That Girl 2 ヶ月 前

    I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive

  • stjigpaf
    stjigpaf 2 ヶ月 前

    what is the intro song?

  • Mari
    Mari 2 ヶ月 前

    The editing is amazing

  • juni0rRC xD
    juni0rRC xD 2 ヶ月 前

    neon lights? dats racist!

  • John Kevin Brosnan
    John Kevin Brosnan 2 ヶ月 前

    You should visit northern ireland and touch their history

  • xMizunderstoodx
    xMizunderstoodx 2 ヶ月 前

    What a shame. I will always remember how these neon signs light up the Hong Kong night and skyline.

  • Chris
    Chris 2 ヶ月 前 +1

    What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?

  • MrHan
    MrHan 2 ヶ月 前

    Same reason we don't see Model Ts still running around. They're romantic yes, but we can relegate them to the enthusiasts and hobbyists. There is a place for preservation and conservation but society as a whole needs to move forward.