The decline of Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow

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. 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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96 Responses

  1. Suigetsu Hōzuki says:

    Damn I been declining too

  2. Austin Natan says:


  3. Trise MRG Gamer2007 says:

    I luv vox!

    edit: thnx for 100 likes 😀

  4. b4F says:

    Anyone from hk???

  5. Your mother hoe. says:

    Such brilliant content!
    Vox is everything great about Youtube.

  6. Reed Peters says:

    RIP Tokyo Drift

  7. Char Raffaelli says:

    my grades are declining like hong kong’s neon lights

  8. Monkey D Vader says:

    Omg. Old Hong Kong with the neon lights is so much better looking. 😍

  9. Kenneth Fallon says:

    Damn, this editing is so good

  10. A House on the DMZ says:

    This is a super interesting series. Vox in general brings topics that are so niche and specific, that you normally wouldn’t learn anywhere, or actively even want to know, and makes them fascinating and interesting, thank you

  11. TheScentofSunflowers says:

    dam it another thing I start appreciating once it starts disappearing. I grew up in Hong Kong but moved away 18 years ago. No wonder when i walk around HK i cant find those street w overcrowded neon lights as pictures i have seen. Thanks VOX

  12. greentealatte says:

    Vox editing is seriously on point!

  13. Claire & Tom Travel says:

    This channel is so great and I love this Hong Kong series. The border one in particular was great

  14. Sai Gungurthi says:

    The LED signs don’t even come close to Neon signs. Neon is iconic.

  15. Secret Real Santa says:

    Hong Kong is a beautiful place

  16. Sebastian Elytron says:

    Them poor neon lights, new technology has “led” to their decline. ☹️

    • Mable Gleeful says:

      Yeh man 🙁 nice pun too :'(

    • Dazzy Z says:

      Led lights are also individual lights. If you want a different sign down the road. You don’t need to do a whole new glass crafting, simply update the animation is a simple computer program and a micro controller (given they are RGB). “best light” is subjective, but being able to change the entire sign without leaving your chair is a totally new level

      . Changing the leds might be 30 minutes of soldering, I think glass making takes longer, requires far more skill, and is more expensive.

    • Crainer McNuggets says:


    • Mike utubesux says:

      I mean, the old ones were really starting to litter the city they were so packed in every inch of it. Also, being filled with gases presents a danger. And finally, you can blend LEDs to look just like neon if you want.

  17. Cap S says:

    Each video is unique.. no part is used in another.. soo original, each & every time..

  18. Abhilash Nair says:

    *EDITING on POINT, VOX!!!!!* 😎😎😎
    Music was great! The transitions were great. The only thing I didn’t like was the lack of focus on the face when you were talking to the camera. 🙁

  19. STAK says:

    VOX > Vice

  20. Science with Katie says:

    Just realised I’ve only mainly seen footage of Hong Kong at night!

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