The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

  • Yayınlanma Tarihi:  6 ay önce
  • Neon is fading. Follow Johnny on Instagram: Follow the Vox Borders watch page: With original music by Tom Fox: Explore neon culture through this local museum project: 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. Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit Watch our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Facebook: Or Twitter:
  • Video Süresi: 00:05:48
  • vox explain neon signs hong kong neon explainer vox borders borders 2 borders season 2 borders hong kong hong kong borders borders neon how is neon made neon explained what is neon hong kong neon neon hong kong neon signs hong kong hong kong neon history hong kong neon story hong kong neon signs neon signage leds led signage artisan 

Yorum Sayısı: 2849

  • Vox
    Vox 6 ay önce

    Want to keep up with the latest from Vox Borders? Sign up for Johnny's newsletter for regular updates:

  • Samuel Aguayo
    Samuel Aguayo 1 hafta önce

    This isnt even borders anymore, vox Hong Kong

  • NinjaKiller999
    NinjaKiller999 1 hafta önce

    Oh man, i wanted to go there for cyberpunk style photography. this sucks

  • Hi It's Me
    Hi It's Me 2 hafta önce

    Poor neon lights :,(

  • Jama
    Jama 2 hafta önce

    The removal of the big Neon signs really cleans the place up though, you can see the sky much easier.

  • Neon
    Neon 2 hafta önce

    I don't understand the nostalgia for neon signs. The "Aesthetic" isn't the signs themselves but the otherworldly colored light they produce correct? So what's it matter if it's LEDS

  • Philip Cools
    Philip Cools 3 hafta önce

    I partially grew up in Hong Kong in an expat family in the early 2000s. In recent years when I see images and video of the city it felt different to my childhood memories. I always attributed that to the rose colored glasses of nostalgia, but I guess I wasn't entirely wrong about how I remembered it. Great video :)

  • Neo Craft
    Neo Craft 1 ay önce

    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 1 ay önce

    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 1 ay önce

    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 1 ay önce

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

  • Calista Zhu✨
    Calista Zhu✨ 1 ay önce

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

  • Alex Katz
    Alex Katz 1 ay önce

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

  • Saiba Dean
    Saiba Dean 1 ay önce

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

  • Chinglong Yao
    Chinglong Yao 1 ay önce

    Please Thai language sub

  • L Y
    L Y 1 ay önce

    Love your work. Keep it up!

  • Cujo19760210
    Cujo19760210 1 ay önce

    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 2 ay önce

    Vox sucks

  • Kieran Bajpai
    Kieran Bajpai 2 ay önce

    This is the best series on Vox!

  • Whole lotta Gang shit

    Neon is way better

  • Rather-B-Diving
    Rather-B-Diving 2 ay önce

    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 2 ay önce

    Why your video SOOOO GOOD! Thanks for your video!

  • gepoepd
    gepoepd 2 ay önce


  • Nothing More Nothing Less

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

  • duokvalgyt
    duokvalgyt 2 ay önce

    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 2 ay önce

    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 2 ay önce

    Stan blade runner

  • Peter Greve
    Peter Greve 2 ay önce

    lol just pull a Germany and subsidize them shits

  • adrian blade
    adrian blade 2 ay önce

    A E S T E T H I C C

  • adrian blade
    adrian blade 2 ay önce

    Japanese Mango

  • Ki Rex
    Ki Rex 2 ay önce

    Neon somehow looks better than LED

  • First Last
    First Last 2 ay önce

    Did it just say 32 hkdollars

  • Amer Raz
    Amer Raz 2 ay önce

    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 2 ay önce

    love the vox opening

  • over00lord Unknown
    over00lord Unknown 2 ay önce

    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 3 ay önce

    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 3 ay önce

    Neon lights are a classic in hongkong in my opinion

  • Alice Is kawaii
    Alice Is kawaii 3 ay önce

    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 3 ay önce

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

  • HebaruSan
    HebaruSan 3 ay önce

    Good riddance.