Back in the early 90s, it was common to hear in Hong Kong that travelers either loved it or hated it. I never understood the hating part. Hong Kong was still pretty much at its peak with Kai Tak Airport, old double-decker buses, and neon. Neon was everywhere and one of the most iconic places for these signs was Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. What’s not to love?
To the far left of this photo is a sign for the Kowloon Hotel. My husband and I stayed there five years ago on my first return to Hong Kong after leaving in 1998. There was still some neon in 2012, but not as much as in the 90s when the photo above was taken.
But I was startled when I was there last month. I’m standing about half a block behind where I stood when I took the 90s photo.
The neon is gone, as are most of the signs.