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The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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Neon is fading. Follow Johnny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnywharris/ Follow the Vox Borders watch page: https://www.facebook.com/VoxBorders/ With original music by Tom Fox: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-416166523 Explore neon culture through this local museum project: http://www.neonsigns.hk/?lang=en 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 vox.com/borders. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (6 months ago)
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Rafael Sanchez (2 months ago)
Xuelder (6 months ago)
I loved this video, but I have a "weird" question: what was the font used at the beginning to spell Hong Kong? I would love to use it in my projects.
Mr. Salimi (6 months ago)
Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai
Hudson Bernard (6 months ago)
Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.
Mike T (6 months ago)
Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者
oldcowbb (23 hours ago)
real life cyberpunk
Samuel Aguayo (8 days ago)
This isnt even borders anymore, vox Hong Kong
NinjaKiller999 (13 days ago)
Oh man, i wanted to go there for cyberpunk style photography. this sucks
Hi It's Me (16 days ago)
Poor neon lights :,(
Jama (20 days ago)
The removal of the big Neon signs really cleans the place up though, you can see the sky much easier.
Neon (22 days ago)
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 (25 days ago)
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 (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
Just a comment, your translation of Cantonese is on-point.
Calista Zhu✨ (1 month ago)
Random but props to the one editing the intro. Damn it is so coooool
Alex Katz (1 month ago)
You should have shown the boat restaurant near Aberdeen Marina Club!! It's so lit up
Saiba Dean (1 month ago)
Sesnei Wu. "You're not our master."
Chinglong Yao (1 month ago)
Please Thai language sub
L Y (1 month ago)
Love your work. Keep it up!
Cujo19760210 (1 month ago)
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 months ago)
Vox sucks
Kieran Bajpai (2 months ago)
This is the best series on Vox!
Whole lotta Gang shit (2 months ago)
Neon is way better
Rather-B-Diving (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Why your video SOOOO GOOD! Thanks for your video!
gepoepd (2 months ago)
That's why anime like ghost in the shell or psycho pass city was inspired of this
duokvalgyt (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Stan blade runner
Peter Greve (2 months ago)
lol just pull a Germany and subsidize them shits
adrian blade (2 months ago)
adrian blade (2 months ago)
Japanese Mango
Ki Rex (2 months ago)
Neon somehow looks better than LED
First Last (2 months ago)
Did it just say 32 hkdollars
Amer Raz (2 months ago)
FFS Johnny every Vox's Border intro is so good I aspire to be an editor ! PS: Keep up the show or else...
Noe (2 months ago)
love the vox opening
over00lord Unknown (3 months ago)
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 (3 months ago)
As a Torontonian I think I'd be driven insane by all that bright artificial lighting at night and so much of it too
TOLSTOI (2 months ago)
shai pasasadaba (3 months ago)
Neon lights are a classic in hongkong in my opinion
Alice Is kawaii (3 months ago)
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 (3 months ago)
Neon light has big maintenance cost, it wills break easy. and it works in high voltage. consume huge power.
HebaruSan (3 months ago)
Good riddance.
Cactus Jack (3 months ago)
“Visual culture” god I’ve never heard something more pretentious
TOLSTOI (2 months ago)
based Mick foley
Bryan William (3 months ago)
Beautiful video with great information
FaceAche (3 months ago)
Hong Kong??? What about las vegas???🤔
FaceAche (3 months ago)
The world is not what it used to be,charles..
jacksonville 123 (3 months ago)
Kevin Mai (3 months ago)
imagine letting master who watercool your pc
Derek Liu (3 months ago)
Lmao sucks for him another example or product development and the disruption of an industry. You just gotta adapt
Darth Utah 66 (3 months ago)
I must say, Hong Kong is a fascinating city
right eye (3 months ago)
Neon > LED
Jason Leung (4 months ago)
Nice to know my hometown inspired the aesthetics of Cyberpunk and other sci-fi subcultures, gotta love that aesthetic.
kolorish (4 months ago)
1:10 someone knows where the red sign is located?
ShtiffleSauce (4 months ago)
Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese
Tactical Player (4 months ago)
Ok vox but should I chose neon or led kit for a car?
A Shizuoka (4 months ago)
This series is alright, but I hate the walking and talking shots. Where is he even supposed to be going?? What are you in such a hurry for???
OrionSentry (4 months ago)
Hong Kong would be a great city , if it weren't for those Super Rude Hong Kong People. Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong
Howell Wang (4 months ago)
treeman Micool Jacksonn (4 months ago)
Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ
ThomasTubeHD (4 months ago)
Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese
Sophia Castano (4 months ago)
There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.
Sean Pan (4 months ago)
He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.
Funky173 (4 months ago)
The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.
Hong Kong (4 months ago)
Heidi Huang (4 months ago)
I remember seeing this when I went back to China last year..... in Chinese and when I went to China everywhere there are neon lights but the ones in Hong Kong are definently the most beautiful
TheShadowParliament (4 months ago)
Everything that has even a smudge of unique beautiful individuality is slowly being replaced with soulless mass produced rubbish.
T.M. Squirrel (4 months ago)
stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!
Alex (4 months ago)
vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."
GunmetalGaming (4 months ago)
Neon almost always looks cooler lol. Thankfully in Philadelphia where I go to school A LOT of new highrises are built with neon lights integrated into their exterior walls, very cool and futuristic.
Scott Free (4 months ago)
Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.
마리야ᄏᄏᄏ (4 months ago)
I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights Anyways i like the neon lights better
ben smith (4 months ago)
Led sucks!
marxist liberal (4 months ago)
Oh the chinese commies r making LEDs to take down poor innocent neon lights of hong kong.. 😂🤣 this dude is a capitalist stooge and is only propping up capitalist propaganda against socialists
marxist liberal (4 months ago)
Literally in every video he narrates!!
BigDannyK (4 months ago)
Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk
Firstname Lastname (4 months ago)
Why is Vox rooting for neon lights so much? Is it a fetish they have?
Aryan Dey (4 months ago)
Neon is a colour less gas you know.
BANANA BANANA (5 months ago)
4:50 here's the song, been looking for too long lol https://soundcloud.com/artpopst/tom-hillock-nicolas-boscovic-golden-halo
Synalla (5 months ago)
The music you keep using for the Borders series is not only painful to hear in its composition, but also ridiculous in volume compared to the dialogue--the part that is IMPORTANT and NECESSARY. Your taste in indie music may be too distracting and painful, and that's your choice, but the volume levels need to emphasize the voices and make them heard. Otherwise, I have no incentive to watch your crap if I can't hear what you want to tell me. Borders isn't the only perpetrator of this terrible volume dynamic, but it is the worst. Please stop this. Believe it or not, I came to these videos for what you have to say, not for ear-grating crap that I didn't consent to or expect from the title or thumbnail.
niel Gt (5 months ago)
Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨
WhetZaddy (5 months ago)
What's that outro song??
Lunatic Lunala (5 months ago)
warning:comment section contains neon jokes.
TOLSTOI (2 months ago)
silly jokes? neon of that you find here
AomiN (5 months ago)
yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒
nerdygal (5 months ago)
I love this. Love the way Johnny creates his videos. The filming, the narrating style, the atmosphere he creates, it's just amazing. Vox Borders is undoubtly my favourite series in the entire channel. Keep up the awesome work!
sandy (5 months ago)
kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good
sonal narvekar (5 months ago)
The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing
João Amorim (5 months ago)
Amazing editing!!!
What Alien? (5 months ago)
What does health have to do with removing neon lights??
David Arango Bermúdez (5 months ago)
What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?
Semerah Delima (5 months ago)
i love this series!
smiling_chestnut (5 months ago)
This video really popped off
Daniel K (5 months ago)
Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!
Elizabeth T (5 months ago)
now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics
lawrence (5 months ago)
Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently
Literally Felicity (5 months ago)
Neon lights are very pretty imo.
lawrence (5 months ago)
Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop
peter tuann (5 months ago)
I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,
Saša Stajić (5 months ago)
I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic
Grace W (5 months ago)
Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?
AstroNeón Sideral (5 months ago)
El neon jamás tendrá rival
Oh no it's marshie (5 months ago)
I actually feel bad for the people who lives in the building or across where all the neon lights or led lights are hung. Good luck having a dark enough environment to sleep in with all those lights shining through.
Billy Bachiashvili (5 months ago)
That intro and the music in it....so satisfying!! I love your work Vox!

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