The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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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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Rafael Sanchez
Rafael Sanchez 6 kun oldin
Xuelder 3 oy oldin
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 oy oldin
Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai
Hudson Bernard
Hudson Bernard 3 oy oldin
Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.
Mike T
Mike T 4 oy oldin
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Rather-B-Diving 2 kun oldin
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 3 kun oldin
Why your video SOOOO GOOD! Thanks for your video!
gepoepd 7 kun oldin
Nothing More Nothing Less
That's why anime like ghost in the shell or psycho pass city was inspired of this
duokvalgyt 8 kun oldin
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 9 kun oldin
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 10 kun oldin
Stan blade runner
Peter Greve
Peter Greve 11 kun oldin
lol just pull a Germany and subsidize them shits
adrian blade
adrian blade 11 kun oldin
adrian blade
adrian blade 11 kun oldin
Japanese Mango
Ki Rex
Ki Rex 13 kun oldin
Neon somehow looks better than LED
First Last
First Last 15 kun oldin
Did it just say 32 hkdollars
Amer Raz
Amer Raz 16 kun oldin
FFS Johnny every Vox's Border intro is so good I aspire to be an editor ! PS: Keep up the show or else...
Noe 19 kun oldin
love the vox opening
over00lord Unknown
over00lord Unknown 23 kun oldin
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 24 kun oldin
As a Torontonian I think I'd be driven insane by all that bright artificial lighting at night and so much of it too
TOLSTOI 22 kun oldin
shai pasasadaba
shai pasasadaba 25 kun oldin
Neon lights are a classic in hongkong in my opinion
Kawaii_gamer Gamer
Kawaii_gamer Gamer 26 kun oldin
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 28 kun oldin
Neon light has big maintenance cost, it wills break easy. and it works in high voltage. consume huge power.
HebaruSan Oy oldin
Good riddance.
Cactus Jack
Cactus Jack Oy oldin
“Visual culture” god I’ve never heard something more pretentious
TOLSTOI 22 kun oldin
based Mick foley
Bryan William
Bryan William Oy oldin
Beautiful video with great information
FaceAche Oy oldin
Hong Kong??? What about las vegas???🤔
FaceAche Oy oldin
The world is not what it used to be,charles..
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Kevin Mai
Kevin Mai Oy oldin
imagine letting master who watercool your pc
Derek Liu
Derek Liu Oy oldin
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 Oy oldin
I must say, Hong Kong is a fascinating city
right eye
right eye Oy oldin
Neon > LED
Jason Leung
Jason Leung Oy oldin
Nice to know my hometown inspired the aesthetics of Cyberpunk and other sci-fi subcultures, gotta love that aesthetic.
kolorish Oy oldin
1:10 someone knows where the red sign is located?
ShtiffleSauce Oy oldin
Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese
Tactical Player
Ok vox but should I chose neon or led kit for a car?
A Shizuoka
A Shizuoka 2 oy oldin
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 2 oy oldin
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 2 oy oldin
treeman Michael Jacksonn
Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ
Thomas TubeHD
Thomas TubeHD 2 oy oldin
Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese
Sophia Castano
Sophia Castano 2 oy oldin
There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.
Sean Pan
Sean Pan 2 oy oldin
He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.
Funky173 2 oy oldin
The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong 2 oy oldin
Heidi Huang
Heidi Huang 2 oy oldin
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
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 2 oy oldin
stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!
Alex 2 oy oldin
vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."
GunmetalGaming 2 oy oldin
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 2 oy oldin
Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.
I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights Anyways i like the neon lights better
ben smith
ben smith 2 oy oldin
Led sucks!
marxist liberal
marxist liberal 2 oy oldin
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
marxist liberal
marxist liberal 2 oy oldin
Literally in every video he narrates!!
BigDannyK 2 oy oldin
Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk
Firstname Lastname
Why is Vox rooting for neon lights so much? Is it a fetish they have?
Aryan Dey
Aryan Dey 2 oy oldin
Neon is a colour less gas you know.
BANANA BANANA 2 oy oldin
4:50 here's the song, been looking for too long lol soundcloud.com/artpopst/tom-hillock-nicolas-boscovic-golden-halo
Synalla 2 oy oldin
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 2 oy oldin
Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨
WhetZaddy 2 oy oldin
What's that outro song??
Lunatic Lunala
Lunatic Lunala 2 oy oldin
warning:comment section contains neon jokes.
TOLSTOI 22 kun oldin
silly jokes? neon of that you find here
AomiN 3 oy oldin
yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒
nerdygal 3 oy oldin
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 3 oy oldin
kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good
sonal narvekar
sonal narvekar 3 oy oldin
The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing
João Amorim
João Amorim 3 oy oldin
Amazing editing!!!
What Alien?
What Alien? 3 oy oldin
What does health have to do with removing neon lights??
David Arango Bermúdez
What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?
Semerah Delima
Semerah Delima 3 oy oldin
i love this series!
smiling_chestnut 3 oy oldin
This video really popped off
Daniel K
Daniel K 3 oy oldin
Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!
Elizabeth T
Elizabeth T 3 oy oldin
now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics
lawrence 3 oy oldin
Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently
Literally Felicity
Neon lights are very pretty imo.
lawrence 3 oy oldin
Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop
peter tuann
peter tuann 3 oy oldin
I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,
Saša Stajić
Saša Stajić 3 oy oldin
I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic
Grace W
Grace W 3 oy oldin
Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?
AstroNeón Sideral
El neon jamás tendrá rival
Oh no it's marshie
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
That intro and the music in it....so satisfying!! I love your work Vox!
drew t
drew t 3 oy oldin
There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.
Aaron Keane
Aaron Keane 3 oy oldin
Music in this series is really nice!
Cancer Alert
Cancer Alert 3 oy oldin
Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?
YamiSpirit 3 oy oldin
Anyone know the song 3:00?
Nikola Prolić
Nikola Prolić 3 oy oldin
0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍
YO B 3 oy oldin
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 3 oy oldin
Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!
Dr. K
Dr. K 3 oy oldin
China's most iconic aspect? Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution
The Solar Wolf
The Solar Wolf 3 oy oldin
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 3 oy oldin
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 3 oy oldin
0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.
Camille Lee
Camille Lee 3 oy oldin
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 3 oy oldin
Part of me will always be nostalgic for neon, but it's the past and It belongs there along with VHS players.
ElineOpje 3 oy oldin
what song is it around 3:10?
XM 3 oy oldin
Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga
Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones 3 oy oldin
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 3 oy oldin
LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.
05candyman 3 oy oldin
+Countess' Slave I actually like LED alot. Especially gorgeous bright OLED TVs and cellphones.
Countess' Slave
Countess' Slave 3 oy oldin
05candyman and extremely unpleasant and unsatisfying to look at
05candyman 3 oy oldin
I like LED better
DJ Danger
DJ Danger 3 oy oldin
The music is dope.
Matthew Reeves
Matthew Reeves 3 oy oldin
Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!
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