Once ubiquitous, neon signs with Beiwei caligraphy are increasingly scarce on the streets of Hong Kong. Photo: Adonian Chan

Lights go out on art of Hong Kong signwriting, but old calligraphy master and younger enthusiasts fight to preserve it

Yeung Kai, 82, has devoted his life to the unique, expressive calligraphy style used on Hong Kong neon lights and shop signs, a trade that is now dying. A graphic designer is digitising the characters for a typeface to give it new life

Topic |   Old Hong Kong

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Once ubiquitous, neon signs with Beiwei caligraphy are increasingly scarce on the streets of Hong Kong. Photo: Adonian Chan
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Eduard Fernández

Eduard Fernández

Eduard is a summer intern at the South China Morning Post. He has reported from Beijing for several Spanish and English-language media outlets.

Mandy Zheng

Mandy Zheng

Mandy is a summer intern on the Hong Kong desk. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.