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Neon signs in Hong Kong.

Neon signs in Hong Kong.

Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg
CityLab
Design

Neon Signs That Lit Up Hong Kong's Nights Become a Dying Art

Once ubiquitous in Hong Kong's cityscape, the structures are rapidly being taken down and fading into the past.

A group of young enthusiasts are fighting to give Hong Kong’s famed neon signs a new lease on life, before they disappear completely from the city due to tightened government regulations and dwindling demand. 

Once ubiquitous in Hong Kong, the signs — which became familiar to foreign audiences through movies like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell — have been steadily removed in the last few decades. The recent dismantling of some of the largest remaining ones, however, is rekindling interest in the local art form.