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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Kieran Bajpai
Kieran Bajpai
19 December 2018

This is the best series on Vox!

Whole lotta Gang shit
Whole lotta Gang shit
19 December 2018

Neon is way better

Rather-B-Diving
Rather-B-Diving
11 December 2018

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.

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
5 star

Chuck Norris sensed a great disturbance in the force. Then he laughed, because he realised it was himself.

JH.Light
JH.Light
10 December 2018

Why your video SOOOO GOOD! Thanks for your video!

gepoepd
Gepoepd
05 December 2018

TRADITIONS NEED TO STAY, EXCEPT IF THEY'RE BAD AND STUFF, LIKE IF U AGREE

Nothing More Nothing Less
Nothing More Nothing Less
05 December 2018

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

duokvalgyt
Duokvalgyt
04 December 2018

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!

Henry Thoreau
Henry Thoreau
5 star

Things do not change, we change.

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones
04 December 2018

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
03 December 2018

Stan blade runner

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