As the new legislation just passed, many neon lights are going to have to leave Hong Kong’s streets due to safety reasons. Thousands of neon signs are disappearing from the streets per year, mainly due to the high-cost of maintenance and electricity.

 

 

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Neon signs were first introduced to Hong Kong back in the 1920s, starting a trend where neon signs sprouted around every street corner like dandelions across a field. Home to several neon light Guinness records, Hong Kong saw a large boom of neon signs when the economy soared during the 1950s.

 

 

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There are many different voices regarding the neon signs, some call it light pollution and others call for more environmental-friendly choices like LED lights. Pressure on the government has mounted and legislations have forced many to take down those neon lights that don’t live up to safety standards. Notably many neon signs have been removed from around the Central area.

 

 

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The artistry of making the neon sign itself is also a dying industry, without the demand less people are willing to learn the craft. Learn more about neon signs when visiting Hong Kong by going to the M+, museum for visual culture, West Kowloon Cultural District.

 

 

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Want to visit key tourist spots with tonnes of neon signs? Visit Tsim Sha Tsui area or Yau Ma Tei. Stay at Tsim Sha Tsui with BlackDoors and enjoy the area!