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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Xuelder 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 2 oy oldin
Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai
Hudson Bernard
Hudson Bernard 2 oy oldin
Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.
Mike T
Mike T 2 oy oldin
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Hovan Ng
Hovan Ng 2 oy oldin
I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!
A Shizuoka
A Shizuoka 4 kun 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 8 kun 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 8 kun oldin
treeman Michael Jacksonn
Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ
Thomas TubeHD
Thomas TubeHD 10 kun oldin
Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese
Sophia Castano
Sophia Castano 11 kun oldin
There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.
Sean Pan
Sean Pan 11 kun oldin
He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.
Funky173 13 kun oldin
The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong 16 kun oldin
Heidi Huang
Heidi Huang 17 kun 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
TheShadowParliament 17 kun oldin
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 19 kun oldin
stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!
Alex 19 kun oldin
vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."
GunmetalGaming 21 kun 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 22 kun oldin
Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.
Maria Ramirez
Maria Ramirez 22 kun oldin
I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights Anyways i like the neon lights better
ben smith
ben smith 24 kun oldin
Led sucks!
marxist liberal
marxist liberal 24 kun 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 24 kun oldin
Literally in every video he narrates!!
BigDannyK 25 kun oldin
Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk
Firstname Lastname
Firstname Lastname 26 kun oldin
Why is Vox rooting for neon lights so much? Is it a fetish they have?
Aryan Dey
Aryan Dey 26 kun oldin
Neon is a colour less gas you know.
BANANA BANANA 26 kun oldin
4:50 here's the song, been looking for too long lol soundcloud.com/artpopst/tom-hillock-nicolas-boscovic-golden-halo
Synalla 27 kun 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 Oy oldin
Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨
WhetZaddy Oy oldin
What's that outro song??
Lunatic Lunala
warning:comment section contains neon jokes.
AomiN Oy oldin
yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒
nerdygal 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 Oy oldin
kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good
sonal narvekar
The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing
João Amorim
João Amorim Oy oldin
Amazing editing!!!
What Alien?
What Alien? Oy oldin
What does health have to do with removing neon lights??
David Arango Bermùdez
What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?
Semerah Delima
i love this series!
This video really popped off
Daniel K
Daniel K Oy oldin
Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!
Elizabeth T
Elizabeth T Oy oldin
now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics
lawrence 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 Oy oldin
Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop
peter tuann
peter tuann Oy oldin
I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,
Saša Stajić
Saša Stajić Oy oldin
I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic
Grace W
Grace W 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 Oy oldin
There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.
Aaron Keane
Aaron Keane Oy oldin
Music in this series is really nice!
Cancer Alert
Cancer Alert Oy oldin
Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?
YamiSpirit Oy oldin
Anyone know the song 3:00?
Nikola Prolić
0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍
YO B 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
Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!
Dr. K
Dr. K Oy oldin
China's most iconic aspect? Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution
The Solar Wolf
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 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 Oy oldin
0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.
Camille Lee
Camille Lee 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 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 Oy oldin
what song is it around 3:10?
XM Oy oldin
Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga
Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones 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 Oy oldin
LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.
05candyman Oy oldin
+Countess' Slave I actually like LED alot. Especially gorgeous bright OLED TVs and cellphones.
Countess' Slave
05candyman and extremely unpleasant and unsatisfying to look at
05candyman Oy oldin
I like LED better
DJ Danger
DJ Danger Oy oldin
The music is dope.
Matthew Reeves
Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!
sapphirexwind Oy oldin
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
hong kong is a third rate city now. like all the kong girls
Delfim Álvaro
Damn, Vox. This series is fireeee!
Archer V.
Archer V. Oy oldin
for money....
The TNTsheep
The TNTsheep Oy oldin
Neon lights were great, but we shouldn't linger in the past; instead we should embrace the new.
Bruce Chang-Gu
not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning
Dj3ndo Oy oldin
Amazing series!
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper Oy oldin
I want a wall of neon signs from hong kong if someone can help me out.
penguins forall
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 Oy oldin
DmofukinLee Oy oldin
using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE
That Girl
That Girl Oy oldin
I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive
stjigpaf Oy oldin
what is the intro song?
Mari Oy oldin
The editing is amazing
juni0rRC xD
juni0rRC xD Oy oldin
neon lights? dats racist!
John Kevin Brosnan
You should visit northern ireland and touch their history
What a shame. I will always remember how these neon signs light up the Hong Kong night and skyline.
Chris Oy oldin
What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?
Countess' Slave
Chris it’s their new series
MrHan Oy oldin
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.
justin chan
justin chan Oy oldin
0:30 I’ve been there just yesterday when this comment was made. It is one of the streets in Mong Kok with all the small night shops. I am pretty sure.
Ashen One From China
I think LED can also be made into the forms of traditional Chinese characters, but it will cost a little more money.
Billy The-Kid
Billy The-Kid Oy oldin
LEDs lightings are more suitable for in house lighting. NEON lights are still more aesthetically pleasing and dramatic for Signages.
Derelect Oy oldin
I want to see a story done on Catalonia in Spain, I think that would be really cool to see.
Rick White
Rick White Oy oldin
2:45 Neon gas give _YELLOW_ color, just as shown in the video. Not red as stated.
Lone Oy oldin
rip aesthetic vibes
Shelby Brown
Shelby Brown Oy oldin
The editing in the beginning of this video reminds me of 2015-2016 One Direction Vine edits... in a good way.
gamekiller999 Oy oldin
I live in HK and even thought neon lights are beautiful they are some time annoying cuz the light is very bright and hurt the eye
Silvia cabaco
Silvia cabaco Oy oldin
Still prefer neons
Just Cuz
Just Cuz Oy oldin
If only I could find someone to love me the way Master Wu loves Neon! 😍😍
Handi Cui
Handi Cui Oy oldin
lol the lofi eastern asian influenced music couldn't be more fitting
rajshetty611 Oy oldin
Why vox is focusing more on hong kong
Dystropy Ko
Dystropy Ko Oy oldin
DId vox run out of budget? It says its a series about borders but there is literally nothing about borders and hes stayed in the same city for 4 episodes. The first season was way better and more informational.
ED L Oy oldin
what is the name of master wu’s shop?