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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 (3 months ago)
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Xuelder (3 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 (3 months ago)
Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai
Hudson Bernard (3 months ago)
Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.
Mike T (3 months ago)
Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者
Hovan Ng (3 months ago)
I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!
over00lord Unknown (2 days 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 days 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 (1 day ago)
Same
shai pasasadaba (4 days ago)
Neon lights are a classic in hongkong in my opinion
Kawaii_gamer Gamer (6 days 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 (7 days ago)
Neon light has big maintenance cost, it wills break easy. and it works in high voltage. consume huge power.
HebaruSan (12 days ago)
Good riddance.
Cactus Jack (15 days ago)
“Visual culture” god I’ve never heard something more pretentious
TOLSTOI (1 day ago)
based Mick foley
Bryan William (16 days ago)
Beautiful video with great information
FaceAche (16 days ago)
Hong Kong??? What about las vegas???🤔
FaceAche (16 days ago)
The world is not what it used to be,charles..
jacksonville 123 (18 days ago)
SAVE THE NEON
Kevin Mai (21 days ago)
imagine letting master who watercool your pc
Derek Liu (22 days ago)
Lmao sucks for him another example or product development and the disruption of an industry. You just gotta adapt
Darth Utah 66 (23 days ago)
I must say, Hong Kong is a fascinating city
right eye (26 days ago)
Neon > LED
Jason Leung (1 month ago)
Nice to know my hometown inspired the aesthetics of Cyberpunk and other sci-fi subcultures, gotta love that aesthetic.
kolorish (1 month ago)
1:10 someone knows where the red sign is located?
ShtiffleSauce (1 month ago)
Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese
Tactical Player (1 month ago)
Ok vox but should I chose neon or led kit for a car?
A Shizuoka (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
白皮猪根本不懂中国历史,中国的发展经历了多少困难。
Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ
Thomas TubeHD (1 month ago)
Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese
Sophia Castano (1 month ago)
There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.
Sean Pan (1 month ago)
He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.
Funky173 (1 month ago)
The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.
Hong Kong (1 month ago)
:(
Heidi Huang (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Everything that has even a smudge of unique beautiful individuality is slowly being replaced with soulless mass produced rubbish.
T.M. Squirrel (1 month ago)
stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!
Alex (1 month ago)
vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."
GunmetalGaming (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.
마리야ᄏᄏᄏ (1 month ago)
I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights Anyways i like the neon lights better
ben smith (2 months ago)
Led sucks!
marxist liberal (2 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 (2 months ago)
Literally in every video he narrates!!
BigDannyK (2 months ago)
Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk
Firstname Lastname (2 months ago)
Why is Vox rooting for neon lights so much? Is it a fetish they have?
Aryan Dey (2 months ago)
Neon is a colour less gas you know.
BANANA BANANA (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨
WhetZaddy (2 months ago)
What's that outro song??
Lunatic Lunala (2 months ago)
warning:comment section contains neon jokes.
TOLSTOI (1 day ago)
silly jokes? neon of that you find here
AomiN (2 months ago)
yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒
nerdygal (2 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 (2 months ago)
kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good
sonal narvekar (2 months ago)
The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing
João Amorim (2 months ago)
Amazing editing!!!
What Alien? (2 months ago)
What does health have to do with removing neon lights??
David Arango Bermúdez (2 months ago)
What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?
Semerah Delima (2 months ago)
i love this series!
smiling_chestnut (2 months ago)
This video really popped off
Daniel K (2 months ago)
Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!
Elizabeth T (2 months ago)
now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics
lawrence (2 months ago)
Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently
Literally Felicity (2 months ago)
Neon lights are very pretty imo.
lawrence (2 months ago)
Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop
peter tuann (2 months ago)
I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,
Saša Stajić (2 months ago)
I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic
Grace W (2 months ago)
Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?
AstroNeón Sideral (2 months ago)
El neon jamás tendrá rival
Oh no it's marshie (2 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 (2 months ago)
That intro and the music in it....so satisfying!! I love your work Vox!
drew t (2 months ago)
There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.
Aaron Keane (2 months ago)
Music in this series is really nice!
Cancer Alert (2 months ago)
Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?
YamiSpirit (2 months ago)
Anyone know the song 3:00?
Nikola Prolić (2 months ago)
0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍
YO B (2 months ago)
i was doing that for almost a year in Ethiopia. i used to be a neon Bender. old memory! now am a scrolling LED expert. as much as i hate to say this, eventually we have to move on and adapt the future.
Dmitri Spiegel (2 months ago)
Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!
Dr. K (2 months ago)
China's most iconic aspect? Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution
The Solar Wolf (2 months ago)
The future is not painted in just the glow of neon lights anymore, but in the simmer twinkles of the LED and flashes of a computer screen along with the nostalgic neon glow.
VariTimo (2 months ago)
It’s not cool to change a movies aspect ratio from its original to 16:9. Not even for a political format.
Solomon Tsai (2 months ago)
0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.
Camille Lee (2 months ago)
Ughhh the LEDs doesnt have that soft glow when it lights up. Hopefully neon lights will thrive back into the spotlight.
The Legend (2 months ago)
Part of me will always be nostalgic for neon, but it's the past and It belongs there along with VHS players.
ElineOpje (2 months ago)
what song is it around 3:10?
XM (2 months ago)
Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga
Rodney Jones (2 months ago)
It's going to be a very sad day the day that neon signs disappear for good and all we will have left are cyberpunk movies and games and city pop music to remember this amazingly beautiful *AESTHETIC* . The nostalgia is will kill so many people. 😭😭😭
05candyman (2 months ago)
LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.
05candyman (2 months ago)
+Countess' Slave I actually like LED alot. Especially gorgeous bright OLED TVs and cellphones.
Countess' Slave (2 months ago)
05candyman and extremely unpleasant and unsatisfying to look at
05candyman (2 months ago)
I like LED better
DJ Danger (2 months ago)
The music is dope.
Matthew Reeves (2 months ago)
Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!
sapphirexwind (2 months ago)
I had taken some glass classes at a museums glass workshop, they offer a Neon making class, I want to try it. Let's preserve craftsmanship!
sexy korean girl (2 months ago)
hong kong is a third rate city now. like all the kong girls
Delfim Álvaro (2 months ago)
Damn, Vox. This series is fireeee!
Archer V. (2 months ago)
for money....
The TNTsheep (2 months ago)
Neon lights were great, but we shouldn't linger in the past; instead we should embrace the new.
Bruce Chang-Gu (2 months ago)
not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning
Dj3ndo (2 months ago)
Amazing series!
Ben Cooper (2 months ago)
I want a wall of neon signs from hong kong if someone can help me out.
penguins forall (2 months ago)
Keep in mind a big part of why LEDs are cheap and bright is due to phosphors. Pretty much all the LEDs you can buy use phosphors. Neon lights could similarly use phosphors and make them nearly an order of magnitude more efficiency similar to CFL lamps.
loversandlies (2 months ago)
I FREAKING LOVE ALL OF THESE HONG KONG VIDEOS OMG
DmofukinLee (2 months ago)
using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE
That Girl (2 months ago)
I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive
stjigpaf (3 months ago)
what is the intro song?
Mari (3 months ago)
The editing is amazing

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