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The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

  • Published on: 08 August 2018
  • 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. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • 人活着钱没了
    人活着钱没了   2 hours ago

    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   3 hours ago

    LEDs lightings are more suitable for in house lighting. NEON lights are still more aesthetically pleasing and dramatic for Signages.

  • Derelect
    Derelect   6 hours ago

    I want to see a story done on Catalonia in Spain, I think that would be really cool to see.

  • Rick White
    Rick White   6 hours ago

    2:45 Neon gas give YELLOW color, just as shown in the video. Not red as stated.

  • Shelby Brown
    Shelby Brown   10 hours ago

    The editing in the beginning of this video reminds me of 2015-2016 One Direction Vine edits... in a good way.

  • gamekiller999
    gamekiller999   12 hours ago

    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

  • Just Cuz
    Just Cuz   14 hours ago

    If only I could find someone to love me the way Master Wu loves Neon! 😍😍

  • Handi Cui
    Handi Cui   14 hours ago

    lol the lofi eastern asian influenced music couldn't be more fitting

  • Dystropy Ko
    Dystropy Ko   21 hours ago

    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
    ED L   23 hours ago

    what is the name of master wu’s shop?

  • Li Zhang
    Li Zhang   1 days ago

    damn that intro was lit 🔥🔥🔥 keep it up vox

  • alexlammm2
    alexlammm2   1 days ago

    Good work! As a HK citizen, I didn't realise there are stories behind those signs.

  • Petabyte
    Petabyte   1 days ago

    vox is creating some amazing short film / documentaries. kudos.

  • Dripps
    Dripps   1 days ago

    When did vox turn into Casey?

  • British Tiger
    British Tiger   1 days ago

    Wow the editing on this one took a huge jump in quality. nice

  • sscheckerrs
    sscheckerrs   2 days ago

    Thanks for this episode. It was lovely

  • Jan Viator
    Jan Viator   2 days ago

    lmao most of the movies were Wong Kar Wai's

  • Supernaturalme Supernaturalme

    The night scene like a surreal movie set with smells, sounds and noise, chaotic and disorderly order ,a bit sense of danger and tension in the air, exciting and igniting. A twirl of suction of everything, all energies of mismatch and mishap all together in a split second, you are overloaded with information and overwhelmed. Too much going on around you at the same time! Too fast too. Cinematic and dramatic. That s HK.

  • red comn
    red comn   2 days ago

    Contact for master wu? I want one of those darn neon for music venue

  • Clement Lai
    Clement Lai   2 days ago

    These series are truly beauitful. Thanks, Vox!

  • JuJu
    JuJu   2 days ago

    Dope series! Tuning in from London

  • djjlc
    djjlc   2 days ago

    Japan please don’t sacrifice your culture just to be like some boring ass American!!

  • Lyds
    Lyds   2 days ago

    so well madw this video

  • Aman Rahman
    Aman Rahman   2 days ago

    A fun game: when you go out a night, try to tell apart neon and LED lights. In Hyderbad, it's mostly LED.

  • MemeyGamer
    MemeyGamer   3 days ago

    Honestly, I prefer the looks for neon, it's more clean and minimalist and cool looking.