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  5 ヶ月 前 +120

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    • Rafael Sanchez
      Rafael Sanchez ヶ月 前


    • Xuelder
      Xuelder 5 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 5 ヶ月 前

      Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai

    • Hudson Bernard
      Hudson Bernard 5 ヶ月 前

      Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.

    • Mike T
      Mike T 5 ヶ月 前

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

  • Neo Craft
    Neo Craft 日 前

    So sad. It’s happening everywhere in the USA too. Things with character are being replaced by things with efficiency and no soul. And most importantly: No fun.

  • Christian
    Christian 4 日 前 +1

    I was trying to find some Neon underglow for my car, but you can’t even find them anymore. The market has been taken over by LED’s.

  • Jelka Fabianova
    Jelka Fabianova 6 日 前

    Yes. Neon lights are gorgeous. And yes. LED are nicer to environment. But! Don’t forget that LED is the worst kind of light for our eyes - and brains. And not just for us but also for all animals

  • Viktor Ko
    Viktor Ko 11 日 前

    Just a comment, your translation of Cantonese is on-point.

  • Calista Zhu✨
    Calista Zhu✨ 12 日 前

    Random but props to the one editing the intro. Damn it is so coooool

  • Alex Katz
    Alex Katz 17 日 前

    You should have shown the boat restaurant near Aberdeen Marina Club!! It's so lit up

  • Saiba Dean
    Saiba Dean 17 日 前

    Sesnei Wu.
    "You're not our master."

  • Chinglong Yao
    Chinglong Yao 18 日 前

    Please Thai language sub

  • L Y
    L Y 25 日 前

    Love your work. Keep it up!

  • Oliver S.
    Oliver S. 25 日 前

    Great content, love the music too.

  • Cujo19760210
    Cujo19760210 25 日 前

    My opinion: Hong Kong is still Hong Kong. Despite of the transformation of economic environment from industries, to financial centre, the flavour of Hong Kong still remains!!

    NPC FORTCRAFT 29 日 前

    Vox sucks

  • Kieran Bajpai
    Kieran Bajpai 29 日 前

    This is the best series on Vox!

  • Whole lotta Gang shit

    Neon is way better

  • Rather-B-Diving
    Rather-B-Diving ヶ月 前

    So sad to see the end of such a visually symbolic era...sort of like bull fighting in parts of Spain. But the arguments against it are pretty valid as @Adora Tsang mentioned. Clearly the business interests were given more priority than quality of life with no downtown to escape from.
    I just ordered a neon Hand Made Dumpling Sign on Ebay for my living Room so neon can live on in spirit and trade without affecting anyone else.

  • JH.Light
    JH.Light ヶ月 前

    Why your video SOOOO GOOD! Thanks for your video!

  • gepoepd
    gepoepd ヶ月 前


  • Nothing More Nothing Less

    That's why anime like ghost in the shell or psycho pass city was inspired of this

  • duokvalgyt
    duokvalgyt ヶ月 前

    The editing in this series, especially this video is incredible! Not even mentioning the quality of the content! I really hope VOX gave this guy a raise!

  • Ryan Jones
    Ryan Jones ヶ月 前

    I liked the more serious topics you seemed to tackle in season one... Budget cut for this season? I am disappointed in all of the HK stories in a row. Still a good show but noticeable drop off from last year.

  • Michel 14
    Michel 14 ヶ月 前

    Stan blade runner

  • Peter Greve
    Peter Greve ヶ月 前

    lol just pull a Germany and subsidize them shits

  • adrian blade
    adrian blade ヶ月 前

    A E S T E T H I C C

  • adrian blade
    adrian blade ヶ月 前

    Japanese Mango

  • Ki Rex
    Ki Rex ヶ月 前

    Neon somehow looks better than LED

  • First Last
    First Last ヶ月 前

    Did it just say 32 hkdollars

  • Amer Raz
    Amer Raz ヶ月 前

    FFS Johnny every Vox's Border intro is so good I aspire to be an editor !
    PS: Keep up the show or else...

  • Noe
    Noe ヶ月 前

    love the vox opening

  • over00lord Unknown
    over00lord Unknown ヶ月 前 +1

    I wish that I could go back to a time where Neon signs lit up the night sky, and just walk around marveling at them with friends... I was unfortunately born too late to experience such a thing...

  • 1234
    1234 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    As a Torontonian I think I'd be driven insane by all that bright artificial lighting at night and so much of it too

  • shai pasasadaba
    shai pasasadaba 2 ヶ月 前 +3

    Neon lights are a classic in hongkong in my opinion

  • Alice Is kawaii
    Alice Is kawaii 2 ヶ月 前

    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 2 ヶ月 前

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

  • HebaruSan
    HebaruSan 2 ヶ月 前 +1

    Good riddance.

  • Cactus Jack
    Cactus Jack 2 ヶ月 前 +1

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

      TOLSTOI ヶ月 前

      based Mick foley

  • Bryan William
    Bryan William 2 ヶ月 前

    Beautiful video with great information

  • FaceAche
    FaceAche 2 ヶ月 前

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

  • FaceAche
    FaceAche 2 ヶ月 前

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

  • jacksonville 123
    jacksonville 123 2 ヶ月 前 +1


  • Kevin Mai
    Kevin Mai 2 ヶ月 前

    imagine letting master who watercool your pc

  • Derek Liu
    Derek Liu 2 ヶ月 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 2 ヶ月 前

    I must say, Hong Kong is a fascinating city

  • right eye
    right eye 2 ヶ月 前

    Neon > LED

  • Jason Leung
    Jason Leung 2 ヶ月 前

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

  • kolorish
    kolorish 3 ヶ月 前 +1

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

  • ShtiffleSauce
    ShtiffleSauce 3 ヶ月 前

    Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese

  • Tactical Player
    Tactical Player 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • A Shizuoka
    A Shizuoka 3 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 3 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 3 ヶ月 前


  • treeman Michael Jacksonn

    Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ

  • Thomas TubeHD
    Thomas TubeHD 3 ヶ月 前

    Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese

  • Sophia Castano
    Sophia Castano 3 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 3 ヶ月 前

    He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.

  • Funky173
    Funky173 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • Hong Kong
    Hong Kong 3 ヶ月 前


  • Heidi Huang
    Heidi Huang 3 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 3 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 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • Alex
    Alex 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • GunmetalGaming
    GunmetalGaming 3 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 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • 마리야ᄏᄏᄏ
    마리야ᄏᄏᄏ 3 ヶ月 前 +3

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

  • ben smith
    ben smith 3 ヶ月 前

    Led sucks!

  • marxist liberal
    marxist liberal 3 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 3 ヶ月 前 +3

    Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk

  • Firstname Lastname
    Firstname Lastname 3 ヶ月 前

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

  • Aryan Dey
    Aryan Dey 3 ヶ月 前

    Neon is a colour less gas you know.

    BANANA BANANA 4 ヶ月 前 +1

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

  • Synalla
    Synalla 4 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 4 ヶ月 前

    Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨

  • WhetZaddy
    WhetZaddy 4 ヶ月 前 +3

    What's that outro song??

  • Lunatic Lunala
    Lunatic Lunala 4 ヶ月 前 +1

    warning:comment section contains neon jokes.

      TOLSTOI ヶ月 前

      silly jokes? neon of that you find here

  • AomiN
    AomiN 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • nerdygal
    nerdygal 4 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 4 ヶ月 前 +1

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

  • sonal narvekar
    sonal narvekar 4 ヶ月 前

    The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing

  • João Amorim
    João Amorim 4 ヶ月 前

    Amazing editing!!!

  • What Alien?
    What Alien? 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • David Arango Bermúdez
    David Arango Bermúdez 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • Semerah Delima
    Semerah Delima 4 ヶ月 前

    i love this series!

  • smiling_chestnut
    smiling_chestnut 4 ヶ月 前

    This video really popped off

  • Daniel K
    Daniel K 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • Elizabeth T
    Elizabeth T 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • lawrence
    lawrence 4 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 4 ヶ月 前

    Neon lights are very pretty imo.

  • lawrence
    lawrence 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • peter tuann
    peter tuann 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • Saša Stajić
    Saša Stajić 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • Grace W
    Grace W 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • AstroNeón Sideral
    AstroNeón Sideral 4 ヶ月 前

    El neon jamás tendrá rival

  • Oh no it's marshie
    Oh no it's marshie 4 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 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • drew t
    drew t 4 ヶ月 前 +6

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

  • Aaron Keane
    Aaron Keane 4 ヶ月 前

    Music in this series is really nice!

  • Cancer Alert
    Cancer Alert 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • YamiSpirit
    YamiSpirit 4 ヶ月 前

    Anyone know the song 3:00?

  • Nikola Prolić
    Nikola Prolić 4 ヶ月 前

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

  • YO B
    YO B 4 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.