Charity trip to drought-hit Gansu gives Carina Lau a valuable lesson about life

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 March, 2011, 12:00am

When actress Carina Lau Kar-ling set off for a five-day tour of drought-hit villages in Gansu province, she thought she was on a mission to help others. Lau returned home on Wednesday feeling she had been the one to benefit from the trip, organised by the Lotus Light Charity Society.

'I thought I was quite a tough girl, but I cried every day in Gansu,' Lau said. 'I used to get upset when I couldn't get hold of a new handbag, but those villagers wouldn't have time to think about anything other than surviving. I learned a very important lesson from the experience.'

Lau has also found peace of mind regarding her best actress nomination at this year's Hong Kong Film Awards. It was the fifth time she had been nominated for the award but missed out.

'I'm very happy that my performance has been acknowledged by the industry. But I think I'm more mature now and I'm used to dealing with disappointment. Besides, I've already got my most precious award.'

Lau said it was a gold statue of a horse (a lookalike of the Taiwan Golden Horse film award trophy) given by her actress friend Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia on her birthday five years ago. 'She and Tony [Leung Chiu-wai, Lau's husband] told me I was the best actress for them.'