Liu Yang

From astronauts to snipers, sky's the limit for China's female soldiers

Astronaut Liu Yang on a visit to Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

When Major Liu Yang, China's first woman in space, returned to earth safely after a mission to the Tiangong-1 space station in late June, it reminded all Chinese people of an old saying proclaimed by Mao Zedong six decades ago: "Women hold up half the sky".

Saturday, 9 March, 2013, 5:49am

Tearful farewell

Tearful farewell

China's first woman in space Major Liu Yang sheds a tear as she listens to a recording of the story of how she became an astronaut, while (right) Senior Colonel Liu Wang plays a tune on his harmonica during a tea party.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:49pm

Chinese astronauts' HK tour runs into protesters

Guards remove a protester during yesterday's tour.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The three Chinese astronauts' Hong Kong tour had largely gone as planned - until yesterday afternoon, when they were met by about 10 protesting students demanding social justice on the mainland.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:43am

A good week for ...

Major Liu Yang

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Perfect' student showed she has nerves of steel

Lieutenant Liu Yang, who today is likely to become China's first woman astronaut, can keep a clear head in a crisis, according to mainland media.

She survived various air accidents and near misses, the most famous of which occurred at a military airport in Guangzhou about 10 years ago.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fixing Beijing's signs an Olympic-sized task

Despite a year-long effort to weed 'Chinglish' from Beijing's public signs, phrases such as 'Welcome to take Beijing Subway on your next trip' will still be seen in the capital, thanks to their inclusion in a set of standardised English translations for public use.

12 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Violinist makes debut in HK

Renowned Chinese violinist Liu Yang will make his Hong Kong debut using a US$2 million antique violin next month.

Born in Qingdao, Liu rose to fame when he won the first prize at the National Violin Competition in China.

He also won an award at the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2002.

31 Aug 2006 - 12:00am