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The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow


COMMENTS: 100

  • Vox

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  • Jason Leung

    Nice to know my hometown inspired the aesthetics of Cyberpunk and other sci-fi subcultures, gotta love that aesthetic.

  • kolorish

    1:10 someone knows where the red sign is located?

  • A Shizuoka

    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

    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

    白皮猪根本不懂中国历史,中国的发展经历了多少困难。

  • Sophia Castano

    There is a definite rise in neon lights in Austin, TX, especially on SOCO. I just love them.

  • Funky173

    The edit is awesome! I love this video so much I may learn something of the transition.

  • Heidi Huang

    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

    Everything that has even a smudge of unique beautiful individuality is slowly being replaced with soulless mass produced rubbish.

  • T.M. Squirrel

    stumbled across this channel. glad I did. Great presentations, great presentor/narrator, please make more!

  • Alex

    vox in 10 years "The re-rise of Hong knogs iconic neon glow."

  • GunmetalGaming

    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

    Cant beat neon, Only the remarkable signs should be saved.

  • Maria Ramirez

    I always thought Japan was known for it's neon lights Anyways i like the neon lights better

  • marxist liberal

    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

  • BigDannyK

    Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk

  • BANANA BANANA

    4:50 here's the song, been looking for too long lol https://soundcloud.com/artpopst/tom-hillock-nicolas-boscovic-golden-halo

  • Synalla

    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

    Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨

  • AomiN

    yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒

  • nerdygal

    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

    kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good

  • What Alien?

    What does health have to do with removing neon lights??

  • Daniel K

    Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!

  • Elizabeth T

    now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics

  • lawrence

    Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently

  • lawrence

    Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop

  • peter tuann

    I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,

  • Saša Stajić

    I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic

  • Grace W

    Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?

  • Oh no it's marshie

    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.

  • drew t

    There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.

  • Cancer Alert

    Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?

  • Nikola Prolić

    0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍

  • YO B

    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

    Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!

  • Dr. K

    China's most iconic aspect? Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution

  • The Solar Wolf

    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

    It’s not cool to change a movies aspect ratio from its original to 16:9. Not even for a political format.

  • Camille Lee

    Ughhh the LEDs doesnt have that soft glow when it lights up. Hopefully neon lights will thrive back into the spotlight.

  • The Legend

    Part of me will always be nostalgic for neon, but it's the past and It belongs there along with VHS players.

  • XM
    XM  

    Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga

  • Rodney Jones

    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

    LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.

  • Matthew Reeves

    Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!

  • sapphirexwind

    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!

  • The TNTsheep

    Neon lights were great, but we shouldn't linger in the past; instead we should embrace the new.

  • Bruce Chang-Gu

    not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning

  • Ben Cooper

    I want a wall of neon signs from hong kong if someone can help me out.

  • penguins forall

    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.

  • DmofukinLee

    using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE

  • That Girl

    I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive

  • Mari

    The editing is amazing

  • xMizunderstoodx

    What a shame. I will always remember how these neon signs light up the Hong Kong night and skyline.

  • Chris

    What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?

  • MrHan

    Same reason we don't see Model Ts still running around. They're romantic yes, but we can relegate them to the enthusiasts and hobbyists. There is a place for preservation and conservation but society as a whole needs to move forward.

  • justin chan

    0:30 I’ve been there just yesterday when this comment was made. It is one of the streets in Mong Kok with all the small night shops. I am pretty sure.

  • Ashen One From China

    I think LED can also be made into the forms of traditional Chinese characters, but it will cost a little more money.

  • Billy The-Kid

    LEDs lightings are more suitable for in house lighting. NEON lights are still more aesthetically pleasing and dramatic for Signages.

  • Derelect

    I want to see a story done on Catalonia in Spain, I think that would be really cool to see.

  • Rick White

    2:45 Neon gas give _YELLOW_ color, just as shown in the video. Not red as stated.

  • Shelby Brown

    The editing in the beginning of this video reminds me of 2015-2016 One Direction Vine edits... in a good way.

  • gamekiller999

    I live in HK and even thought neon lights are beautiful they are some time annoying cuz the light is very bright and hurt the eye

  • Just Cuz

    If only I could find someone to love me the way Master Wu loves Neon! 😍😍