Watch Now France vs Australia The decline of Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow


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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62 thoughts on “Watch Now France vs Australia The decline of Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow”

  1. Such a simple topic, such a short video. Impressively researched and presented. Johnny’s content is consistently of a very high quality, as a viewer I appreciate all the effort you put in and will never miss a video, thank you.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. I have been a regular visitor and once resident of HK since 1995. I’m also a photography enthusiast and one of the things I have been documenting about Hong Kong from the start is neon signs. It is sad to see so many iconic signs disappear, taking Hong Kong’s visual identity with them.

  3. nothing quite as retrofuturistic as Neon lghting! also wonder when there will be more of these neon signs up on the workshop for cities skylines

  4. Its really fun to see you use the same transitions as Iz. You should let her teach you a bit more though, hers are smoother. 😉

  5. ummm pretty sure 4:42 is not the same street at all….if u look at the far right buildings and road spacing it doesn’t add up.

  6. I have never been to Hong Kong but it’s neon lights are it’s USP and it feels kinda sad to know that they’re fading now.

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  8. Suprised to see like two Hong Kong related vids from Vox trending the past few weeks while I’m staying in HK, odd coincidences

    They should start using more of those tubes that diffuses lights with the LEDs to mimic the neon light aesthetic instead of leaving the individual lights exposed. Having a buncha individual LEDs bunched up just looks bad.

  9. 0:34 It’s really unfortunate that the smog is also a big part of the aesthetic. Good lord, that reminds me of the old videos of LA I saw back in the day.

  10. Don’t like the new borders format at all, bring back the old one! Seems like he’s just trying to just fill minutes now with mundane stuff rather than profound interesting topics like before, go back to your bread and butter!

  11. Vox, great video…
    but the music it’s REALLY LOUD compared with the commentary

    please try to equalize them next time 🙂

  12. Now I wish I could’ve visited Hong Kong in the 90s, seemed like such a gorgeous place with all the neon signs. LED seems so boring to me.

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