Elaine Yau

Beijing

Elaine Yau

Senior reporter, Culture

Elaine Yau covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the Post.

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How China’s private art museums are seeking patrons to survive, and the wealthy art lovers paying big money for exclusive perks

US$16,000 is good value for what she gets out of it, says banker Wang Lin of being a patron of Beijing’s Today Art Museum, which includes privileges such as gala dinners and private tours.

US$16,000 is good value for what she gets out of it, says banker Wang Lin of being a patron of Beijing’s Today Art Museum, which includes privileges such as gala dinners and private tours.

27 Jan 2022 - 1:02PM
US martial artist in China sees kung fu as preventive medicine and meditation, and documents his search for its origins

From the Shaolin Temple to Beijing wushu schools, US filmmaker Laurence Brahm has studied martial arts for decades and roamed through China searching for the origins of kung fu.

From the Shaolin Temple to Beijing wushu schools, US filmmaker Laurence Brahm has studied martial arts for decades and roamed through China searching for the origins of kung fu.

13 Jan 2022 - 4:17PM
Nature lover bet on his fellow Chinese getting into outdoor sports 25 years ago. Today his brand Sanfo has annual sales of US$70 million

A nature lover in search of a new business idea after a failed start-up, Zhang Heng hit on the idea of selling outdoor and extreme sports equipment to China’s emerging middle class – a risky bet in 1997 that paid off.

A nature lover in search of a new business idea after a failed start-up, Zhang Heng hit on the idea of selling outdoor and extreme sports equipment to China’s emerging middle class – a risky bet in 1997 that paid off.

2 Jan 2022 - 2:19PM
Chinese food for winter: how dishes like hotpot, dumplings and sweet desserts keep people warm in northern China’s freezing conditions

Lamb hotpot, pork dumplings, stewed pears and what translates as ‘sheep scorpion’ are all traditional winter dishes in northern China, where temperatures plummet far below zero.

Lamb hotpot, pork dumplings, stewed pears and what translates as ‘sheep scorpion’ are all traditional winter dishes in northern China, where temperatures plummet far below zero.

24 Dec 2021 - 6:15PM
Stars of 1990s Hong Kong film, from Jordan Chan to Dicky Cheung, find fame in their fifties singing and dancing on reality TV contest shows in China

Actors from Hong Kong who were household names in the 1990s and 200s are hot property again, this time in China, where they compete in song-and-dance reality-TV shows.

Actors from Hong Kong who were household names in the 1990s and 200s are hot property again, this time in China, where they compete in song-and-dance reality-TV shows.

11 Dec 2021 - 4:15PM
Chinese actress Yang Zi opens up about friendship, turning 30, her latest drama, Psychologist, and seeking weightier roles

Known for playing adorable young women in TV romance dramas, Yang Zi talks about taking on more challenging roles, turning 30 and the importance of friendship.

Known for playing adorable young women in TV romance dramas, Yang Zi talks about taking on more challenging roles, turning 30 and the importance of friendship.

9 Dec 2021 - 6:15PM
Lang Lang’s pianist wife, Gina Alice Redlinger, on her first album and how it is inspired by Chinese art and culture

German-Korean pianist Gina Alice Redlinger’s debut album, Wonderworld, includes everything from jazz to Chinese. She says her move to China has enriched her understanding of the country’s music.

German-Korean pianist Gina Alice Redlinger’s debut album, Wonderworld, includes everything from jazz to Chinese. She says her move to China has enriched her understanding of the country’s music.

1 Dec 2021 - 6:15PM
Golden Rooster Awards 2021 nominations: patriotic movies dominate China’s top film awards

Chinese internet users have complained that, of the six nominees for best picture at the Golden Rooster Awards, five are patriotic films, and that this damages the ceremony’s credibility.

Chinese internet users have complained that, of the six nominees for best picture at the Golden Rooster Awards, five are patriotic films, and that this damages the ceremony’s credibility.

1 Dec 2021 - 12:13PM
People in Beijing open up about China’s zero-Covid approach and reveal where they dream of visiting once borders reopen

Residents of the Chinese capital endorse the government’s tough approach to the coronavirus pandemic even as some dream of taking overseas holidays.

Residents of the Chinese capital endorse the government’s tough approach to the coronavirus pandemic even as some dream of taking overseas holidays.

1 Dec 2021 - 4:04PM
Music therapy for better sleep and stress relief … in a Canto-pop song? Jocelyn Chan explains her use of tuning forks in Sound of Silence and the theory behind it

Jocelyn Chan Ming-hei says her track Sound of Silence is ‘the first song in the history of Canto-pop to have music therapy elements’ in it, designed to relieve stress in listeners and help them sleep better.

Jocelyn Chan Ming-hei says her track Sound of Silence is ‘the first song in the history of Canto-pop to have music therapy elements’ in it, designed to relieve stress in listeners and help them sleep better.

6 Dec 2021 - 11:42AM
Anita actress Louise Wong on how the biopic of singer ‘has left a beautiful memory which will last a lifetime’, and her favourite films and stars

Model and first-time actress Louise Wong reveals to the Post her three favourite movies and favourite stars, and says the success of the film about Canto-pop star Anita Mui’s life hasn’t changed her life much yet.

Model and first-time actress Louise Wong reveals to the Post her three favourite movies and favourite stars, and says the success of the film about Canto-pop star Anita Mui’s life hasn’t changed her life much yet.

4 Dec 2021 - 11:24AM
Why Chinese author compared to Jin Yong and one of China’s hottest listens to people argue on the subway

Ma Boyong, who wrote The Longest Day in Chang’an and The Deception of Antiques, talks about being compared to Jin Yong, mind workouts and his Covid-19-inspired new book.

Ma Boyong, who wrote The Longest Day in Chang’an and The Deception of Antiques, talks about being compared to Jin Yong, mind workouts and his Covid-19-inspired new book.

23 Nov 2021 - 5:45PM
Actress Kara Hui ‘very satisfied’ with movie career that saw her dubbed a martial arts goddess, she says, and opens up about her challenging role in new period drama series Marvelous Women

Once called the martial arts goddess of Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers film studio, Kara Hui has enjoyed a long and rewarding acting career. She opens up about her role as a concubine and mother in series Marvelous Women.

Once called the martial arts goddess of Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers film studio, Kara Hui has enjoyed a long and rewarding acting career. She opens up about her role as a concubine and mother in series Marvelous Women.

20 Nov 2021 - 1:43PM
Star of Ocean actress Augusta Xu-Holland on how Paris Hilton puts on a front, landing roles through WeChat and working with Joseph Fiennes

A documentary about Paris Hilton shaped the way emerging New Zealand-Chinese actress Augusta Xu-Holland approached her role as a model in hit Chinese series Star of Ocean.

A documentary about Paris Hilton shaped the way emerging New Zealand-Chinese actress Augusta Xu-Holland approached her role as a model in hit Chinese series Star of Ocean.

13 Nov 2021 - 5:15PM
Intermittent fasting worked for one wellness consultant, but not for another – experts explain why eating less often isn’t for everyone, and who should avoid it

Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and achieve your fitness goals – one wellness consultant in China lost 9kg – but it can also cause health problems.

Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and achieve your fitness goals – one wellness consultant in China lost 9kg – but it can also cause health problems.

11 Nov 2021 - 7:15AM
Love After Love director Ann Hui accepts criticism of film for its casting of Sandra Ma Sichun and adaptation of Eileen Chang story, says ‘It makes me think how I can improve’

Chinese reviewers panned Hui’s adaptation of an Elieen Chang short story for its plot and the casting of Sandra Ma, and the director says: ‘I should understand them more.’

Chinese reviewers panned Hui’s adaptation of an Elieen Chang short story for its plot and the casting of Sandra Ma, and the director says: ‘I should understand them more.’

9 Nov 2021 - 5:15PM
Father of modern Chinese ink painting Liu Kuo-sung says there’s still much he can do for the art as he nears 90

Taiwanese artist Liu Kuo-sung says that while he is satisfied with what he has achieved, he still wants to help young, talented but unknown artists gain recognition.

Taiwanese artist Liu Kuo-sung says that while he is satisfied with what he has achieved, he still wants to help young, talented but unknown artists gain recognition.

5 Nov 2021 - 5:15AM
Anita Mui’s 10 best films ranked: from Rouge to July Rhapsody, Hong Kong actress’ greatest performances

Ahead of the cinematic release in Hong Kong of biopic Anita, we rank singer Anita Mui’s 10 best movies, from her debut in Rouge to her screen swansong in July Rhapsody.

Ahead of the cinematic release in Hong Kong of biopic Anita, we rank singer Anita Mui’s 10 best movies, from her debut in Rouge to her screen swansong in July Rhapsody.

31 Oct 2021 - 12:04PM
From silk fan painter to hanfu clothes designer, artisan youth in China discover they can make a career promoting traditional culture

Young people in China have discovered they can make a living reproducing items from traditional Chinese culture, from clothing to accessories, and videoing their handiwork for a global social media audience.

Young people in China have discovered they can make a living reproducing items from traditional Chinese culture, from clothing to accessories, and videoing their handiwork for a global social media audience.

1 Nov 2021 - 3:02PM
Anita Mui’s 10 best songs: Canto-pop legend’s greatest hits ranked ahead of the release of biopic of the Hong Kong singer in November

Anita Mui, who died of cervical cancer in 2003, was Hong Kong’s biggest female Canto-pop star. Ahead of the release of the biopic Anita, we rank her 10 best songs.

Anita Mui, who died of cervical cancer in 2003, was Hong Kong’s biggest female Canto-pop star. Ahead of the release of the biopic Anita, we rank her 10 best songs.

23 Oct 2021 - 11:22AM
They kept Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li safe: Kung Fu Stuntmen film hails the unsung heroes who risked life and limb for Hong Kong movies

Featuring interviews with stars including Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung, new film Kung Fu Stuntmen is a tribute to the brave, unsung heroes of Hong Kong action movies.

Featuring interviews with stars including Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung, new film Kung Fu Stuntmen is a tribute to the brave, unsung heroes of Hong Kong action movies.

13 Oct 2021 - 11:59PM
Box office success in China of Korean war epic shows importance of patriotic themes and influence of Hong Kong filmmakers

Hong Kong filmmakers’ involvement in making Chinese box office sensation The Battle at Lake Changjin shows the opportunities that are there to produce movies with patriotic themes.

Hong Kong filmmakers’ involvement in making Chinese box office sensation The Battle at Lake Changjin shows the opportunities that are there to produce movies with patriotic themes.

15 Oct 2021 - 7:54AM
Tailored experiences such as ‘office salon’ in Beijing help WeWork China grow – the collaboration, with online cultural platform Douban, is one of several in the works

WeWork China is trying new ways to grow its co-working business, collaborating with Douban, an online platform for book, film and music lovers in China, on a social and events space in Beijing, for example.

WeWork China is trying new ways to grow its co-working business, collaborating with Douban, an online platform for book, film and music lovers in China, on a social and events space in Beijing, for example.

5 Oct 2021 - 9:55AM
Profile | Hiding Michelle Yeoh’s broken leg, the martial arts moves of Chow Yun-fat in A Better Tomorrow - Oscar-winning art director Tim Yip on his movie career and his focus on art

The Oscar-winning art director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tells Elaine Yau about working with Michelle Yeoh and how she broke her leg on set, and why he’s focused on his art for now.

The Oscar-winning art director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tells Elaine Yau about working with Michelle Yeoh and how she broke her leg on set, and why he’s focused on his art for now.

5 Oct 2021 - 2:27PM
The 5 best films of Gong Li, Chinese actress in the spotlight, starting with Red Sorghum, her debut feature and that of its director, Zhang Yimou

Gong Li was the muse of director Zhang Yimou, starring in a string of movies that earned international acclaim, including Red Sorghum, Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern.

Gong Li was the muse of director Zhang Yimou, starring in a string of movies that earned international acclaim, including Red Sorghum, Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern.

30 Sep 2021 - 7:17AM
Yanqing near Beijing, a 2022 Winter Olympics venue, boasts natural beauty and a variety of attractions - we spent five days sampling them, and that wasn’t enough

Despite its abundant greenery, craggy mountains and historical sites, Yanqing, 40 minutes from central Beijing by high-speed train, has flown under the radar of domestic Chinese tourists – until now.

Despite its abundant greenery, craggy mountains and historical sites, Yanqing, 40 minutes from central Beijing by high-speed train, has flown under the radar of domestic Chinese tourists – until now.

28 Sep 2021 - 11:22AM
How Henan TV went viral promoting Chinese traditional culture and values instead of the usual star-studded soaps and reality TV

Shunning reality TV and big-name soaps, regional broadcaster Henan TV is relying on Chinese culture and tradition and its shows, including Mid-Autumn Wonderful Tour, are going viral.

Shunning reality TV and big-name soaps, regional broadcaster Henan TV is relying on Chinese culture and tradition and its shows, including Mid-Autumn Wonderful Tour, are going viral.

25 Sep 2021 - 11:15AM
How to age well: actress Charlie Yeung says giving birth at 42, to twin boys, has kept her feeling youthful

Actress Charlie Yeung gave birth at the age of 42, and her twin boys are the reason she feels younger than ever. ‘Our interaction with them makes us young,’ says the now 47-year-old.

Actress Charlie Yeung gave birth at the age of 42, and her twin boys are the reason she feels younger than ever. ‘Our interaction with them makes us young,’ says the now 47-year-old.

25 Sep 2021 - 7:05AM
Where and what to eat in Hainan, China, from coconut chicken in Sanya to a seafood market that’s not to be missed

A big tourist draw for its beaches and surf, Hainan Island in southern China has a lot to tempt foodies, from Wenchang chicken and coconut chicken hotpot to Dongshan lamb and Jiaji duck.

A big tourist draw for its beaches and surf, Hainan Island in southern China has a lot to tempt foodies, from Wenchang chicken and coconut chicken hotpot to Dongshan lamb and Jiaji duck.

24 Sep 2021 - 12:52PM
Zhao Wei, Kris Wu, Zhang Zhehan: the Chinese stars hit by China’s entertainment crackdown and why, as new rules have the industry on edge – ‘now it’s best to lie low’

Zhao Wei, Kris Wu, Zhang Zhehan and many more have felt the crack of the Chinese government’s whip as new rules have the country’s entertainment industry on edge.

Zhao Wei, Kris Wu, Zhang Zhehan and many more have felt the crack of the Chinese government’s whip as new rules have the country’s entertainment industry on edge.

21 Sep 2021 - 1:36PM