Elaine Yau

Beijing

Elaine Yau

Senior reporter, Culture

Elaine Yau is a senior reporter on the culture desk based in Beijing. She 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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Hong Kong actress Kathy Chau on staying young, single and happy, and how she almost turned down the role that made her a superstar

Despite nearly turning down the role that made her a superstar, Hong Kong actress Kathy Chau has carved a successful career in Taiwan and more recently China and believes women in modern society do not need to rely on men.

5 Aug 2020 - 10:58AM

Despite nearly turning down the role that made her a superstar, Hong Kong actress Kathy Chau has carved a successful career in Taiwan and more recently China and believes women in modern society do not need to rely on men.

Hong Kong actress Kathy Chau on staying young, single and happy, and how she almost turned down the role that made her a superstar
Actress turned reality TV star Christy Chung on being more than just the ‘sexy woman’ and following her dreams at 50

Rising to fame with films like Mermaid Got Married, Christy Chung has appeared in number of recent Chinese reality TV shows where she says she gets to show her real self rather than ‘always playing the role of a sexy woman’.

1 Aug 2020 - 4:46PM

Rising to fame with films like Mermaid Got Married, Christy Chung has appeared in number of recent Chinese reality TV shows where she says she gets to show her real self rather than ‘always playing the role of a sexy woman’.

Actress turned reality TV star Christy Chung on being more than just the ‘sexy woman’ and following her dreams at 50
Extraordinary paper art on show in Beijing – clothes, vases, flowers and carpet all made of the stuff

A new exhibition at Today Art Museum in Beijing takes a look at how paper can be used to create art – from vases to hanging carpets.

27 Jul 2020 - 5:53PM

A new exhibition at Today Art Museum in Beijing takes a look at how paper can be used to create art – from vases to hanging carpets.

Extraordinary paper art on show in Beijing – clothes, vases, flowers and carpet all made of the stuff
Zhao Liying, queen of TV ratings in China, the star of Princess Agents and now a mum, seeks a new direction

From an ordinary family, Zhao Liying did a variety of jobs before winning a talent contest and becoming an actress. Having found fame and topped the TV ratings, she’s put her career on pause.

24 Jul 2020 - 7:45AM

From an ordinary family, Zhao Liying did a variety of jobs before winning a talent contest and becoming an actress. Having found fame and topped the TV ratings, she’s put her career on pause.

Zhao Liying, queen of TV ratings in China, the star of Princess Agents and now a mum, seeks a new direction
Cinemas in China start to reopen, with A First Farewell an early box office winner

Cinemas in China were given the green light to reopen from Monday after a six-month closure triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, with Xinjiang art-house film A First Farewell proving an early box office winner.

22 Jul 2020 - 5:36PM

Cinemas in China were given the green light to reopen from Monday after a six-month closure triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, with Xinjiang art-house film A First Farewell proving an early box office winner.

Cinemas in China start to reopen, with A First Farewell an early box office winner
The noodles that became a Chinese national dish during coronavirus lockdown – with a smell that takes getting used to

Luosifen, or river snail rice noodles, was already the most popular food item on Taobao last year, but it became the favourite food of even more people across China during lockdowns, leading to huge shortages.

9 Jul 2020 - 9:05PM

Luosifen, or river snail rice noodles, was already the most popular food item on Taobao last year, but it became the favourite food of even more people across China during lockdowns, leading to huge shortages.

The noodles that became a Chinese national dish during coronavirus lockdown – with a smell that takes getting used to
The Bad Kids star Qin Hao recognised for his acting at last in China, not just for being an older woman’s husband

Despite a 15-year acting career, Qin Hao was best known in China as the husband of a woman older than him, Taiwanese singer Annie Yi. Not any more, with the success of TV drama The Bad Kids.

5 Jul 2020 - 7:45PM

Despite a 15-year acting career, Qin Hao was best known in China as the husband of a woman older than him, Taiwanese singer Annie Yi. Not any more, with the success of TV drama The Bad Kids.

The Bad Kids star Qin Hao recognised for his acting at last in China, not just for being an older woman’s husband
Carman Lee, Hong Kong actress who overcame adversity through exercise and support of family and friends, credits gym habit for helping her age well

A painful break-up and the death of her father a year later sent Carman Lee into a depression. Her family and friends stood by her, regular visits to the gym lifted her spirits, and now she’s back on TV and writing a book.

2 Jul 2020 - 5:26PM

A painful break-up and the death of her father a year later sent Carman Lee into a depression. Her family and friends stood by her, regular visits to the gym lifted her spirits, and now she’s back on TV and writing a book.

Carman Lee, Hong Kong actress who overcame adversity through exercise and support of family and friends, credits gym habit for helping her age well
Hong Kong, from angst to hope to agony – 30 years of filmmaking by Evans Chan

Evans Chan, whose first film was shot in Hong Kong after the June 4, 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, captures the same grim mood as then in new film We Have Boots, about the city’s recent protests.

1 Jul 2020 - 6:28PM

Evans Chan, whose first film was shot in Hong Kong after the June 4, 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, captures the same grim mood as then in new film We Have Boots, about the city’s recent protests.

Hong Kong, from angst to hope to agony – 30 years of filmmaking by Evans Chan
‘God blesses stupid children too’: Chinese reality-show star Yang Chaoyue has final message for her many critics and fans

Pop group Rocket Girls 101 member Yang Chaoyue divided the Chinese public, with many calling her talentless but fans appreciating the village girl’s genuineness. Now she’s moving on.

30 Jun 2020 - 7:15AM

Pop group Rocket Girls 101 member Yang Chaoyue divided the Chinese public, with many calling her talentless but fans appreciating the village girl’s genuineness. Now she’s moving on.

‘God blesses stupid children too’:  Chinese reality-show star Yang Chaoyue has final message for her many critics and fans
From Jackie Chan to Brigitte Lin, photographer on her shots of Chinese film stars in their most private moments

Photographer Lo Yuk-ying describes how she captured ‘the inner world’ of some of Hong Kong’s biggest movie stars – including Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Eric Tsang, Josephine Siao and George Lam.

25 Jun 2020 - 6:20PM

Photographer Lo Yuk-ying describes how she captured ‘the inner world’ of some of Hong Kong’s biggest movie stars – including Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Eric Tsang, Josephine Siao and George Lam.

From Jackie Chan to Brigitte Lin, photographer on her shots of Chinese film stars in their most private moments
Chinese TV shows with strong women characters strike a chord with contemporary female audiences

Recent Chinese TV shows like ‘The Romance of Tiger and Rose’ and ‘We Are All Alone’, with women characters tacking serious themes, are resonating with the country’s contemporary female audience.

23 Jun 2020 - 12:42PM

Recent Chinese TV shows like ‘The Romance of Tiger and Rose’ and ‘We Are All Alone’, with women characters tacking serious themes, are resonating with the country’s contemporary female audience.

Chinese TV shows with strong women characters strike a chord with contemporary female audiences
Chinese plant-based meat start-up takes on Beyond Meat with pork and crayfish products

Zhenmeat is targeting the Chinese market initially with two products made from plant- and fungus-based proteins, a faux pork tenderloin and a crayfish substitute. Expansion to Southest Asia is planned.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:18AM

Zhenmeat is targeting the Chinese market initially with two products made from plant- and fungus-based proteins, a faux pork tenderloin and a crayfish substitute. Expansion to Southest Asia is planned.

Chinese plant-based meat start-up takes on Beyond Meat with pork and crayfish products
Singaporean company’s new tech to police social distancing will raise alarm when people are too close

Singaporean company Smart IoT’s ‘eye in the sky’ system monitors physical distance between people and can be paired with wristbands that track location, but such emerging tech is raising privacy fears around the world.

17 Jun 2020 - 5:46PM

Singaporean company Smart IoT’s ‘eye in the sky’ system monitors physical distance between people and can be paired with wristbands that track location, but such emerging tech is raising privacy fears around the world.

Singaporean company’s new tech to police social distancing will raise alarm when people are too close
Chinese food delivery apps face a backlash from restaurants – tired of the high commission they charge, some build their own digital platforms for takeaway orders

Restaurant owners in China, tired of commission rates of up to 23 per cent of an order, are rejecting big food delivery apps and offering direct deliveries instead – it’s cheaper this way, they say.

12 Jun 2020 - 9:00AM

Restaurant owners in China, tired of commission rates of up to 23 per cent of an order, are rejecting big food delivery apps and offering direct deliveries instead – it’s cheaper this way, they say.

Chinese food delivery apps face a backlash from restaurants – tired of the high commission they charge, some build their own digital platforms for takeaway orders
How Liu Yuxin of THE9 proved you can be a C-pop star by being yourself and not another cute clone off a production line

When Liu Yuxin appeared in Chinese reality-TV show Youth with You Season 2 and was selected to be in girl group THE9, her androgynous image was a refreshing change from the beautiful clones that are the norm today.

8 Jun 2020 - 7:07PM

When Liu Yuxin appeared in Chinese reality-TV show Youth with You Season 2 and was selected to be in girl group THE9, her androgynous image was a refreshing change from the beautiful clones that are the norm today.

How Liu Yuxin of THE9 proved you can be a C-pop star by being yourself and not another cute clone off a production line
Science, nature, astronomy – Bilibili, the YouTube of China, hopes to inspire Chinese youth’s interest in them via satellite launch, National Geographic deal

Bilibili, China’s answer to YouTube, launches an earth observation satellite this month, and will invite users of the video sharing and entertainment platform to suggest where it focuses its cameras.

5 Jun 2020 - 5:30PM

Bilibili, China’s answer to YouTube, launches an earth observation satellite this month, and will invite users of the video sharing and entertainment platform to suggest where it focuses its cameras.

Science, nature, astronomy – Bilibili, the YouTube of China, hopes to inspire Chinese youth’s interest in them via satellite launch, National Geographic deal
Be mindful, don’t mope: how to cope with family separation in lockdown, and the loneliness, anxiety and depression it can cause

A young woman social distancing in Beijing whose long-distance relationship ended, a grandmother who left a family holiday to comfort her dog and misses her grandson – stories of the strain of separation amid coronavirus.

31 May 2020 - 5:44PM

A young woman social distancing in Beijing whose long-distance relationship ended, a grandmother who left a family holiday to comfort her dog and misses her grandson – stories of the strain of separation amid coronavirus.

Be mindful, don’t mope: how to cope with family separation in lockdown, and the loneliness, anxiety and depression it can cause
Fan Bingbing comeback is on after 2018 tax evasion scandal, with TV series Win the World reported to be airing soon on Youku

China’s leading actress was ordered to pay more than US$100 million in overdue taxes and fines in 2018, and films and series in which she appears put on hold. Now one frozen series starring Fan Bingbing is set to air.

29 May 2020 - 8:45AM

China’s leading actress was ordered to pay more than US$100 million in overdue taxes and fines in 2018, and films and series in which she appears put on hold. Now one frozen series starring Fan Bingbing is set to air.

Fan Bingbing comeback is on after 2018 tax evasion scandal, with TV series Win the World reported to be airing soon on Youku
Is the future of the Chinese film industry online? With cinemas shut, films released for screening earn big profits fast, and the potential market is vast

Online-film viewing grew 24 per cent in China last year, and growth has soared with the closure of cinemas since January. With every phone a cinema screen, as one producer says, the potential is huge.

27 May 2020 - 5:38PM

Online-film viewing grew 24 per cent in China last year, and growth has soared with the closure of cinemas since January. With every phone a cinema screen, as one producer says, the potential is huge.

Is the future of the Chinese film industry online? With cinemas shut, films released for screening earn big profits fast, and the potential market is vast
Singaporean actress Eleanor Lee ‘stressed’ over ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’ remake, director says – as was he – but neither has reason to fret

In the latest remake of the 1987 classic ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’, Singaporean actress Eleanor Lee takes up the role that propelled Joey Wong to mega stardom. Director Lin Zhenzhao talks about why they both had their worries.

23 May 2020 - 8:05PM

In the latest remake of the 1987 classic ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’, Singaporean actress Eleanor Lee takes up the role that propelled Joey Wong to mega stardom. Director Lin Zhenzhao talks about why they both had their worries.

Singaporean actress Eleanor Lee ‘stressed’ over ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’ remake, director says – as was he – but neither has reason to fret
Japanese filmmaker contrasts how a Chinese city and his country dealt with coronavirus, sees attitudes to privacy as a key difference

Japanese filmmaker Ryo Takeuchi saw his country mishandling coronavirus and made a documentary about how Nanjing in China, where he lives, avoided a single death from Covid-19.

20 May 2020 - 6:56PM

Japanese filmmaker Ryo Takeuchi saw his country mishandling coronavirus and made a documentary about how Nanjing in China, where he lives, avoided a single death from Covid-19.

Japanese filmmaker contrasts how a Chinese city and his country dealt with coronavirus, sees attitudes to privacy as a key difference
An alternative view of Beijing history over eight centuries of unparalleled power in Chan Koonchung’s new novel

Chan Koonchung’s new novel ‘Zero Point Beijing’ follows a boy’s search for truth over 800 years of the Chinese capital’s history, weaving together a bloody historical account of the country’s feudalistic autocracy.

16 May 2020 - 6:18PM

Chan Koonchung’s new novel ‘Zero Point Beijing’ follows a boy’s search for truth over 800 years of the Chinese capital’s history, weaving together a bloody historical account of the country’s feudalistic autocracy.

An alternative view of Beijing history over eight centuries of unparalleled power in Chan Koonchung’s new novel
Coronavirus: Chinese family stranded in Seychelles paradise become social media stars as their lockdown story goes viral

Rex Yang from Beijing, his mother, sister and nephew have been stranded in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean since January. He’s been posting daily video diaries of their adventures.

12 May 2020 - 2:45AM

Rex Yang from Beijing, his mother, sister and nephew have been stranded in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean since January. He’s been posting daily video diaries of their adventures.

Coronavirus: Chinese family stranded in Seychelles paradise become social media stars as their lockdown story goes viral
In Chinese TV talent show, older women stars compete to be pop idols, with Aaron Kwok among judges and Huang Xiaoming presenting

A reality TV talent show in China has 30 women vying for places in a five-member girl band. The hook – they’re already celebrities, and all past the age of 30.

10 May 2020 - 8:00PM

A reality TV talent show in China has 30 women vying for places in a five-member girl band. The hook – they’re already celebrities, and all past the age of 30.

In Chinese TV talent show, older women stars compete to be pop idols, with Aaron Kwok among judges and Huang Xiaoming presenting
Lang Lang, Faye Wong join China online tribute concerts for ordinary heroes who helped overcome coronavirus pandemic

Cai Xukun and Karen Mok among headliners for second live-streamed China concert tributes to people who fought coronavirus pandemic. Lang Lang and his wife, Faye Wong, Coco Lee and Zhou Xun were among performers in first one.

5 May 2020 - 8:15PM

Cai Xukun and Karen Mok among headliners for second live-streamed China concert tributes to people who fought coronavirus pandemic. Lang Lang and his wife, Faye Wong, Coco Lee and Zhou Xun were among performers in first one.

Lang Lang, Faye Wong join China online tribute concerts for ordinary heroes who helped overcome coronavirus pandemic
Why Wuhan hot dry noodles, one of China’s top noodle dishes, are so loved in the city and beyond

Wuhan’s famous hot dry noodles are one of China’s top five noodle dishes, typically eaten by millions in the city every day. After Wuhan’s strict coronavirus lockdown ended, many headed to places like restaurant chain Cailinji to enjoy them again.

1 May 2020 - 7:15AM

Wuhan’s famous hot dry noodles are one of China’s top five noodle dishes, typically eaten by millions in the city every day. After Wuhan’s strict coronavirus lockdown ended, many headed to places like restaurant chain Cailinji to enjoy them again.

Why Wuhan hot dry noodles, one of China’s top noodle dishes, are so loved in the city and beyond
‘It’s better than dying of hunger’: plight of Chinese miners with deadly lung disease exposed in new documentary

The son of an iron ore miner in Hunan, central China, Jiang Ningjie spent 10 years making a film about workers in illegal mines there who die from pneumoconiosis. He explains why it can only be screened in private.

29 Apr 2020 - 6:22PM

The son of an iron ore miner in Hunan, central China, Jiang Ningjie spent 10 years making a film about workers in illegal mines there who die from pneumoconiosis. He explains why it can only be screened in private.

‘It’s better than dying of hunger’: plight of Chinese miners with deadly lung disease exposed in new documentary
China’s travel agencies diversify to survive coronavirus pandemic, from selling local delicacies to live-streaming culture talks

Ten thousand travel agents have closed across China after the tourism industry was put on standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many are surviving thanks to inventive new revenue streams. One has sold 10 tonnes of frozen local meatballs.

27 Apr 2020 - 6:02PM

Ten thousand travel agents have closed across China after the tourism industry was put on standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many are surviving thanks to inventive new revenue streams. One has sold 10 tonnes of frozen local meatballs.

China’s travel agencies diversify to survive coronavirus pandemic, from selling local delicacies to live-streaming culture talks
Is Lang Lang going to be a father? Chinese social media speculates on Gina Alice Redlinger’s belly after Weibo and Sina posts

Chinese social media is rife with speculations about Lang Lang’s wife, after Weibo and Sina posts showed her wearing loose-fitting garments for a photo shoot, instead of her usual figure-hugging outfits.

17 Apr 2020 - 4:32PM

Chinese social media is rife with speculations about Lang Lang’s wife, after Weibo and Sina posts showed her wearing loose-fitting garments for a photo shoot, instead of her usual figure-hugging outfits.

Is Lang Lang going to be a father? Chinese social media speculates on Gina Alice Redlinger’s belly after Weibo and Sina posts