The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow


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  • Vox
    Vox   2018-08-10T16:38:50.000Z

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  • Jason Leung
    Jason Leung   2018-10-20T02:25:39.000Z

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

  • kolorish
    kolorish   2018-10-19T05:38:11.000Z

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

  • ShtiffleSauce
    ShtiffleSauce   2018-10-18T13:40:39.000Z

    Today, Neon light. Tomorrow, Cantonese

  • Tactical Player
    Tactical Player   2018-10-17T16:51:32.000Z

    Ok vox but should I chose neon or led kit for a car?

  • A Shizuoka
    A Shizuoka   2018-10-12T14:28:36.000Z

    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
    OrionSentry   2018-10-08T11:19:04.000Z

    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
    Howell Wang   2018-10-08T06:43:24.000Z


  • treeman Michael Jacksonn
    treeman Michael Jacksonn   2018-10-07T13:12:38.000Z

    Neon light is the 🐐 -TMMJ

  • Thomas TubeHD
    Thomas TubeHD   2018-10-06T03:22:35.000Z

    Am I the only one who can understand Cantonese

  • Sophia Castano
    Sophia Castano   2018-10-05T06:32:58.000Z

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

  • Sean Pan
    Sean Pan   2018-10-04T18:10:06.000Z

    He is no fan of China or Hong Kong.

  • Funky173
    Funky173   2018-10-03T12:28:09.000Z

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

  • Hong Kong
    Hong Kong   2018-09-30T04:57:39.000Z


  • Heidi Huang
    Heidi Huang   2018-09-29T10:10:21.000Z

    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
    TheShadowParliament   2018-09-28T19:59:00.000Z

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

  • T.M. Squirrel
    T.M. Squirrel   2018-09-27T13:25:40.000Z

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

  • Alex
    Alex   2018-09-26T18:34:11.000Z

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

  • GunmetalGaming
    GunmetalGaming   2018-09-25T01:32:58.000Z

    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
    Scott Free   2018-09-23T22:33:02.000Z

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

  • Maria Ramirez
    Maria Ramirez   2018-09-23T21:51:23.000Z

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

  • ben smith
    ben smith   2018-09-21T19:08:07.000Z

    Led sucks!

  • marxist liberal
    marxist liberal   2018-09-21T17:09:27.000Z

    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
    BigDannyK   2018-09-21T14:47:23.000Z

    Hong Kong - the city that inspired Cyberpunk

  • Firstname Lastname
    Firstname Lastname   2018-09-20T14:45:47.000Z

    Why is Vox rooting for neon lights so much? Is it a fetish they have?

  • Aryan Dey
    Aryan Dey   2018-09-20T13:42:23.000Z

    Neon is a colour less gas you know.

    BANANA BANANA   2018-09-20T00:59:19.000Z

    4:50 here\'s the song, been looking for too long lol

  • Synalla
    Synalla   2018-09-19T08:58:36.000Z

    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
    niel Gt   2018-09-16T10:21:35.000Z

    Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨

  • WhetZaddy
    WhetZaddy   2018-09-15T15:36:30.000Z

    What\'s that outro song??

  • Lunatic Lunala
    Lunatic Lunala   2018-09-14T10:26:12.000Z

    warning:comment section contains neon jokes.

  • AomiN
    AomiN   2018-09-13T19:33:45.000Z

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

  • nerdygal
    nerdygal   2018-09-12T18:39:13.000Z

    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
    sandy   2018-09-11T21:26:13.000Z

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

  • sonal narvekar
    sonal narvekar   2018-09-10T11:40:33.000Z

    The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing

  • João Amorim
    João Amorim   2018-09-10T00:34:27.000Z

    Amazing editing!!!

  • What Alien?
    What Alien?   2018-09-08T23:33:28.000Z

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

  • David Arango Bermùdez
    David Arango Bermùdez   2018-09-08T15:13:12.000Z

    What\'s that beat at the end? Anyone please?

  • Semerah Delima
    Semerah Delima   2018-09-07T17:40:08.000Z

    i love this series!

  • smiling_chestnut
    smiling_chestnut   2018-09-06T01:18:57.000Z

    This video really popped off

  • Daniel K
    Daniel K   2018-09-05T09:23:45.000Z

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

  • Elizabeth T
    Elizabeth T   2018-09-04T15:05:48.000Z

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

  • lawrence
    lawrence   2018-09-01T07:46:23.000Z

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

  • Literally Felicity
    Literally Felicity   2018-09-01T07:43:38.000Z

    Neon lights are very pretty imo.

  • lawrence
    lawrence   2018-09-01T07:41:55.000Z

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

  • peter tuann
    peter tuann   2018-08-31T03:10:15.000Z

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

  • Saša Stajić
    Saša Stajić   2018-08-31T01:49:22.000Z

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

  • Grace W
    Grace W   2018-08-30T20:40:10.000Z

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

  • AstroNeón Sideral
    AstroNeón Sideral   2018-08-30T06:21:34.000Z

    El neon jamás tendrá rival

  • Oh no it's marshie
    Oh no it's marshie   2018-08-29T06:06:16.000Z

    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
    Billy Bachiashvili   2018-08-29T05:34:53.000Z

    That intro and the music in satisfying!! I love your work Vox!

  • drew t
    drew t   2018-08-28T20:31:57.000Z

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

  • Aaron Keane
    Aaron Keane   2018-08-28T19:05:12.000Z

    Music in this series is really nice!

  • Cancer Alert
    Cancer Alert   2018-08-28T14:52:09.000Z

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

  • YamiSpirit
    YamiSpirit   2018-08-28T09:37:19.000Z

    Anyone know the song 3:00?

  • Nikola Prolić
    Nikola Prolić   2018-08-27T21:28:09.000Z

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

  • YO B
    YO B   2018-08-27T14:28:13.000Z

    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
    Dmitri Spiegel   2018-08-27T11:10:38.000Z

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

  • Dr. K
    Dr. K   2018-08-26T22:01:14.000Z

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

  • The Solar Wolf
    The Solar Wolf   2018-08-26T16:25:15.000Z

    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
    VariTimo   2018-08-26T14:05:51.000Z

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

  • Solomon Tsai
    Solomon Tsai   2018-08-26T10:11:41.000Z

    0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.

  • Camille Lee
    Camille Lee   2018-08-26T03:13:43.000Z

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

  • The Legend
    The Legend   2018-08-26T00:50:02.000Z

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

  • ElineOpje
    ElineOpje   2018-08-25T19:13:37.000Z

    what song is it around 3:10?

  • XM
    XM   2018-08-25T06:56:55.000Z

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

  • Rodney Jones
    Rodney Jones   2018-08-24T23:51:17.000Z

    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
    05candyman   2018-08-24T19:25:47.000Z

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

  • 05candyman
    05candyman   2018-08-24T19:21:01.000Z

    I like LED better

  • DJ Danger
    DJ Danger   2018-08-24T18:25:59.000Z

    The music is dope.

  • Matthew Reeves
    Matthew Reeves   2018-08-24T15:20:51.000Z

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

  • sapphirexwind
    sapphirexwind   2018-08-24T12:12:40.000Z

    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
    sexy korean girl   2018-08-24T11:24:36.000Z

    hong kong is a third rate city now. like all the kong girls

  • Delfim Álvaro
    Delfim Álvaro   2018-08-24T03:22:12.000Z

    Damn, Vox. This series is fireeee!

  • Archer V.
    Archer V.   2018-08-24T00:55:16.000Z

    for money....

  • The TNTsheep
    The TNTsheep   2018-08-23T20:42:47.000Z

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

  • Bruce Chang-Gu
    Bruce Chang-Gu   2018-08-23T17:58:26.000Z

    not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning

  • Dj3ndo
    Dj3ndo   2018-08-23T15:10:14.000Z

    Amazing series!

  • Ben Cooper
    Ben Cooper   2018-08-23T14:33:14.000Z

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

  • penguins forall
    penguins forall   2018-08-23T09:44:52.000Z

    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
    loversandlies   2018-08-23T03:55:33.000Z


  • DmofukinLee
    DmofukinLee   2018-08-22T23:44:01.000Z

    using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE

  • That Girl
    That Girl   2018-08-22T22:47:38.000Z

    I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive

  • stjigpaf
    stjigpaf   2018-08-21T18:50:49.000Z

    what is the intro song?

  • Mari
    Mari   2018-08-21T14:31:51.000Z

    The editing is amazing

  • juni0rRC xD
    juni0rRC xD   2018-08-21T12:01:44.000Z

    neon lights? dats racist!

  • John Kevin Brosnan
    John Kevin Brosnan   2018-08-21T09:05:49.000Z

    You should visit northern ireland and touch their history

  • xMizunderstoodx
    xMizunderstoodx   2018-08-20T21:18:27.000Z

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

  • Chris
    Chris   2018-08-20T17:01:09.000Z

    What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?

  • MrHan
    MrHan   2018-08-20T13:13:48.000Z

    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
    justin chan   2018-08-20T10:51:14.000Z

    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
    Ashen One From China   2018-08-20T02:02:11.000Z

    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
    Billy The-Kid   2018-08-20T01:24:26.000Z

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

  • Derelect
    Derelect   2018-08-19T22:53:55.000Z

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

  • Rick White
    Rick White   2018-08-19T22:18:29.000Z

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

  • Lone
    Lone   2018-08-19T21:52:24.000Z

    rip aesthetic vibes

  • Shelby Brown
    Shelby Brown   2018-08-19T18:59:09.000Z

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

  • gamekiller999
    gamekiller999   2018-08-19T16:55:19.000Z

    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

  • Silvia cabaco
    Silvia cabaco   2018-08-19T16:40:00.000Z

    Still prefer neons

  • Just Cuz
    Just Cuz   2018-08-19T14:44:54.000Z

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