The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow


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  • Vox
    Vox  4 days ago +46

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    • Mike T
      Mike T 2 hours ago

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng Day ago

      I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!

    • 1MFilms
      1MFilms 2 days ago +1

      Much props to Master Wu.
      It's so difficult for me to even write Chinese characters (Kanji), I can't imagine shaping a freaking neon bulb into one!

    • Leanna Atkins
      Leanna Atkins 2 days ago

      ❤️💋🔥👍 18+ ➤➤➤ ❤️💋🔥👍

    • Elijah Belmont
      Elijah Belmont 2 days ago +1

      whats the name of the song in this video?

  • shoot fire outta ma eyes

    Future bass

  • Larry Singleton
    Larry Singleton 5 hours ago

    I'm not a big fan of Vox. I won't go there.
    I will say I was surprised. This is an interesting and informative video as I had first assumed, (You know; "ass-u-me". heh-heh), that they were going to say something about the Chinese government.
    I guess I spoke to soon. Right after I wrote the above he talks about how government regulations came down on "unsafe" signs through "safety codes".
    I hate, Hate, HATE the Better Homes and Gardens Gestapo that is Code Enforcement that dictates every part of what you do to your own home. How high fences and hedges can be. Having to get expensive permits to put in a f-ing window. I think you even have to get a permit to re-frame a door in your house. You see these "new" cities being created in places like California. The first thing they do is establish a Code Enforcement office. With Code Enforcement goons preying on people with "eyesores" like a 64 pickup truck in their back forty. What used to be rural areas are now part of the city and subject to fees, fines and every other onerous regulation.
    So I guess I'm left wondering how much influence the Chinese government has on local government.

  • Creativepeak 01
    Creativepeak 01 6 hours ago

    illusion 100

  • Lorinda
    Lorinda 12 hours ago

    Really love this Hong Kong series! So interesting. Hope you do mainland China.

  • YuukoDream Serenade
    YuukoDream Serenade 13 hours ago

    I don't think I have ever seen an informative video on USclip so SATISFYING. The *editing* is FANTASTIC.

  • Ph Ph
    Ph Ph 15 hours ago

    I appreciated this, great video

  • Abdulimaguli
    Abdulimaguli 17 hours ago

    It’s called evolution

  • GiroFuse
    GiroFuse 18 hours ago

    5:20, looked it up and the dude is right, neon lights exist since 1917 (=over a hundred years)

  • Cody Private Channel
    Cody Private Channel 22 hours ago

    just as vegas lost theirs years ago

  • Shuu U
    Shuu U 23 hours ago

    Is neon lights bad for the environment?

  • Juju Z
    Juju Z Day ago

    Between the decline of neon and shutting down the pedestrian zone in Mongkok, HK's nightscape really is transforming :/

  • SSB Brandon
    SSB Brandon Day ago

    I like the Jackie Chan at 0:30 it looks just like the meme version & is that Bruce Lee to the left of him?

  • diamondminer666 MLG

    where can i find glowstone

  • JonathanJK
    JonathanJK Day ago

    Episode 4 is out! Let's see what Johnny got wrong this time.
    EDIT: Can see no mention was made that HK had more Neon than Las Vegas. That would have helped contextually to understand how much HK had at one point.

  • Jose Rivera
    Jose Rivera Day ago

    Nice sountrack man!

  • Aneudi Diaz
    Aneudi Diaz Day ago

    If your house has been devastated by flooding, then raise it up on stilts or pilings. Protect your investment!

  • Celebstagram
    Celebstagram Day ago

    The use of Osiris' M31 LUT is too strong in this video.
    It makes the Hong Kong lights look dull.

  • Sándor Fazekas
    Sándor Fazekas Day ago

    Damn, the intro's production value up until 1:25 is through the roof! Nice job!

  • Jesus Christ the OG

    LED blows, NEON 4 LIFE

  • Joshua Boulter
    Joshua Boulter Day ago

    3:05 song name!

  • Legit LowQualityGuy

    Deja vu

  • Mex1canPapi1
    Mex1canPapi1 Day ago

    awesome video

  • 9385dee7
    9385dee7 Day ago

    Fantastic music

  • Flavius Aetius
    Flavius Aetius Day ago

    OMG, why do you feel the need to make the music volume twice that of the speech volume?

  • HamzaA
    HamzaA Day ago

    Cool soundtrack

  • Sgt_DarkHawk
    Sgt_DarkHawk Day ago

    Vox is the MVP

  • teddybruscie
    teddybruscie Day ago

    Artistically it sucks but economically and environmentally neon can't be the popular choice. It has to be a niche thing.

  • Gianfranco Cravero

    You are talking about neon lights on Hong Kong and you don’t even mention Wong Kar-wai or Christopher Doyle? Shame on you!

  • 长途商务舱机票3折起

    This is the least thing I like in Hong Kong. Those lights in the daytime are so annoying.

  • Day ago

    That well quaffed hairstyle and subtle hipster aesthetic make you an important part of the visual culture too

  • Diana Nguyen
    Diana Nguyen Day ago


  • Minuga Jayasundara

    the editing is insane

  • Paul H. Kircher III


  • Shiki Wang
    Shiki Wang Day ago

    omg the music in this ep!!!

  • ambski
    ambski Day ago

    I love the look of neon so much

  • Luis Rocha-Gonzalez

    Do a comparison of US and British Virgin islands

  • Shinigami
    Shinigami Day ago

    They could easily make LEDs look like Neons by diffusing the light..

  • Gustavo Driotez
    Gustavo Driotez 2 days ago

    Thanks to Nikolai Tesla

  • JanTube
    JanTube 2 days ago

    "These signs look like neon" - Not at all! LEDs are different. Same goes for the little light bulbs that emit a soft glow.

  • Ellis Guerrero
    Ellis Guerrero 2 days ago

    Love neon lights

  • Lazy Orc
    Lazy Orc 2 days ago

    my ancestors were neon light manufacturers where are my reparations from the LEDists.

  • GD Pho
    GD Pho 2 days ago

    Artesian is one of their tags :thinking:

  • Lucy GatesBoi
    Lucy GatesBoi 2 days ago

    Buh buh buh buh boundaries

  • ThisIsAdorkyName
    ThisIsAdorkyName 2 days ago

    the editing on this actually made me nut wow 😱

  • David Torres
    David Torres 2 days ago

    Neon lights are beautiful. If I were world’s owner I’d build skyscrapers with lots of neon lights everywhere. Oh I love big dystopian cities ;)

  • AdiL oSaFi
    AdiL oSaFi 2 days ago

    LED is more efficient than the old NEON

  • Frank Dai
    Frank Dai 2 days ago

    Can't you put led in tubes to make them look like neon or something

  • No Chill
    No Chill 2 days ago

    Out with the old in with the new, the future is now!

  • Anindya Basarkod
    Anindya Basarkod 2 days ago

    Came for the earworm, stayed for the borders

  • CSTwister
    CSTwister 2 days ago

    that intro tho

  • Linnea westberg
    Linnea westberg 2 days ago

    nothing mentioned of what the gases are like if the sign breaks? to humans, the environment etc? ajabaja.

  • Isaiah Hudson
    Isaiah Hudson 2 days ago


  • subito zx
    subito zx 2 days ago

    This is a rerelease, why is it on trending lol

  • 生锈的金砖
    生锈的金砖 2 days ago

  • I Don't Know
    I Don't Know 2 days ago

    You're an american you don't know anything about culture. and since you limit the amount of foreigners in the US, we should deport you also.

  • Vader The Dog
    Vader The Dog 2 days ago

    Sorry but what moron watches Hong Kong led lights

  • Narat Suchartsunthorn
    Narat Suchartsunthorn 2 days ago +1

    Watching every videos in this series, I have to increase the volume when narrator is speaking and decrease it when other sounds are back. Quite annoying

  • Joey Cunningham
    Joey Cunningham 2 days ago +1

    Love this vid, but really dislike the cheap dubstep beats used in the intro and transitions. Please stop using this terrible music.

  • Malachi Constant
    Malachi Constant 2 days ago


  • Regine Sanchez
    Regine Sanchez 2 days ago

    What's the music for 3:43?

  • Regine Sanchez
    Regine Sanchez 2 days ago


  • Harris Macara
    Harris Macara 2 days ago

    Another brilliant video

  • anan
    anan 2 days ago

    really great to see this type of short-ish documentary..

  • Pauly
    Pauly 2 days ago

    The end of an era. What a shame.

  • silva
    silva 2 days ago

    That beat though... 👌👌👌(2:55-3:20)

  • N3rdcore
    N3rdcore 2 days ago

    The video editing is almost as beautiful as the neon lights!


    3:06 music name please

  • Mary Mary
    Mary Mary 2 days ago


  • cantona222
    cantona222 2 days ago

    Justice for Neon.

  • ZeroX Al-Attas
    ZeroX Al-Attas 2 days ago

    please do a viddeo on xinjiang border please ")

  • Arvid Luijk
    Arvid Luijk 2 days ago

    Just sayin' whoever edits these videos needs a pay raise

  • Luis Muñoz
    Luis Muñoz 2 days ago

    This is cool and all, but how is it related to borders?

  • Abhishek Mondal
    Abhishek Mondal 2 days ago

    Neon lights, to me, signifies cheap vodka, cheaper prostitutes and vomit.

  • Lihao Yeong
    Lihao Yeong 2 days ago

    Loved your HK series videos. Keep it up! 👍🏻

  • best channel
    best channel 2 days ago

    watch this video

  • Devon
    Devon 2 days ago

    led lights can be made to be green lights, so they are better than the environment. Yes the decline of the classic neon sign is sad, but it is unfortunately not a green light, and very difficult to dispose of sustainably.

  • tams c
    tams c 2 days ago

    4:09 ...... translation ain't good. needed to say that you need half a year to LEARN in order to make a sign!!!!

  • JP Ballschmider
    JP Ballschmider 2 days ago

    The cinematography is great! After growing up in Hong Kong for 10 years I love watching these videos and learning about the things I saw every day.

  • Cassandra LeSure
    Cassandra LeSure 2 days ago

    i think it looka better, cleaner😉

  • Ashley Lala
    Ashley Lala 2 days ago

    THIS IS AGENDA 21 IN ACTION. Always starts with legislation for “safety” and “energy efficiency” but it’s all a ruse. Now LED street lights are going up everywhere and they are horrible for your eyesight and suppress melatonin production. They are turning the planet into a kill grid and everything is toxic now, even the lights.

  • BenShutUp
    BenShutUp 2 days ago

    Vox, this is a good video but it's not great. He was out of focus most of the time and his voice was off. Clear this up. You guys can do better.

  • K vault boy
    K vault boy 2 days ago

    Neon is pretty sick bruh

  • onetamer
    onetamer 3 days ago

    This video is beautifully made

  • Funny Cover
    Funny Cover 3 days ago

    Cool video.

  • Alex4Lolz
    Alex4Lolz 3 days ago +1

    If you have the time to complain about neon vs led's then you have too few problems in your life.

    • Daniel
      Daniel 2 days ago

      Then stop imagining that. Get ahold of yourself.

    • Alex4Lolz
      Alex4Lolz 3 days ago

      Daniel I get annoyed because I always imagine some blue pilled buzzfeed lover with 0 health problems and a perfect life sipping his/her star bucks coffee whilst thinking that this is an important problem.
      Some people just need to wake up to the brutal world they live in.

    • Daniel
      Daniel 3 days ago

      Alex4Lolz just an interesting video. don’t get too annoyed.

  • NumbaoneGuy
    NumbaoneGuy 3 days ago

    Love this series

  • Yoroko
    Yoroko 3 days ago +1

    I believe there is a translation error at 4:09. Instead of saying that it takes half a year for a neon light sign to be produced, Mr. Wu is saying that it takes half a year for a neophyte to learn how to make neon light signs in general.

  • allegiant347
    allegiant347 3 days ago

    The same can be said about the neon here in Vegas. As hotels and casinos transition to new LED signs the original neon signs are preserved at the Neon museum.

  • Aidan Au
    Aidan Au 3 days ago

    You think they are talking about neon nights,
    I think they are talking about Hong Kong

  • No One
    No One 3 days ago +1

    I love how they can take something so seemingly trivial and make it fun and interesting.

  • Daniel Adams
    Daniel Adams 3 days ago

    I do not think that vid could be more over editted if they tried.

  • Grace Lieu
    Grace Lieu 3 days ago

    i would love to visit hong kong one day.

  • Adrian James
    Adrian James 3 days ago

    I love the song at 4:45 ...really wish these songs were available to buy on bandcamp or something :'(

  • Armando Moreno
    Armando Moreno 3 days ago

    Leds are the light of tomorrow

  • Veee Beee
    Veee Beee 3 days ago

    Hong Kong's skyline is so beautiful. A favorite Navy liberty port!

  • Htoo Htet Aung
    Htoo Htet Aung 3 days ago

    Omg the music is golden

  • Yukino
    Yukino 3 days ago

    Amazing cinematography

  • ShavketUygurTurk
    ShavketUygurTurk 3 days ago

    All thanks to the communist Chinese government. Once again, doing their best, destroying and ruining it for everyone.

  • JustJulyo
    JustJulyo 3 days ago

    They're also adding to light pollution