Holly Chik

Holly Chik

Holly Chik joined the Post as a reporter in 2019. Previously, she interned at Reuters in Hong Kong.

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Pandemic, Netflix series about doctors, scientists fighting viral disease outbreaks, carries a dire warning

Documentary series airing as China battles coronavirus outbreak warns a new flu pandemic is inevitable, and points out it is the country where ‘virtually all of the deadly influenza viruses’ of past 50 years have emerged.

26 Jan 2020 - 11:32PM

Documentary series airing as China battles coronavirus outbreak warns a new flu pandemic is inevitable, and points out it is the country where ‘virtually all of the deadly influenza viruses’ of past 50 years have emerged.

Pandemic, Netflix series about doctors, scientists fighting viral disease outbreaks, carries a dire warning
How to stop Hong Kong protests and politics ruining family time at Lunar New Year: tips on avoiding conflict

Months of violent protests in Hong Kong have stirred up tensions and even divided families. Experts give tips on how to avoid conflicts over political issues during the most important festival of the year for Chinese families.

24 Jan 2020 - 7:04PM

Months of violent protests in Hong Kong have stirred up tensions and even divided families. Experts give tips on how to avoid conflicts over political issues during the most important festival of the year for Chinese families.

How to stop Hong Kong protests and politics ruining family time at Lunar New Year: tips on avoiding conflict
Gillian Chung: highlights and low point of singer-actress’ life and career recalled as she celebrates her 39th birthday

Picked to form one half of Canto-pop duo Twins in 2001, Chung’s successful musical and acting career was almost derailed by a sex-photos scandal. But she bounced back, resuming her career, and got married in 2018.

22 Jan 2020 - 1:41PM

Picked to form one half of Canto-pop duo Twins in 2001, Chung’s successful musical and acting career was almost derailed by a sex-photos scandal. But she bounced back, resuming her career, and got married in 2018.

Gillian Chung: highlights and low point of singer-actress’ life and career recalled as she celebrates her 39th birthday
Netflix moves into Japanese animation, will start showing 21 Studio Ghibli movies from February

Streaming platform Netflix is betting on the popularity of Japanese animated films with the release from next month of 21 movies from Studio Ghibli in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

21 Jan 2020 - 7:21PM

Streaming platform Netflix is betting on the popularity of Japanese animated films with the release from next month of 21 movies from Studio Ghibli in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Netflix moves into Japanese animation, will start showing 21 Studio Ghibli movies from February
We go a few rounds in Hong Kong’s first VR fighting game, Unbound Fighting League

The first locally developed virtual reality fighting game in Hong Kong puts you in an arena with a sword and shield to battle an opponent. You carry your games console in a padded backpack, and wear a VR headset, a haptic vest and motion capture sleeves.

17 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM

The first locally developed virtual reality fighting game in Hong Kong puts you in an arena with a sword and shield to battle an opponent. You carry your games console in a padded backpack, and wear a VR headset, a haptic vest and motion capture sleeves.

We go a few rounds in Hong Kong’s first VR fighting game, Unbound Fighting League
New Chinese New Year pudding flavours: healthy, low-sugar, vegan, gingery – we put them to the test

From Lung King Heen’s burdock and snow fungus pudding with red dates and jasmine to Cuisine Cuisine’s ginger honey and sea coconut pudding, here are some of the newest Chinese New Year puddings available in Hong Kong.

18 Jan 2020 - 7:03PM

From Lung King Heen’s burdock and snow fungus pudding with red dates and jasmine to Cuisine Cuisine’s ginger honey and sea coconut pudding, here are some of the newest Chinese New Year puddings available in Hong Kong.

New Chinese New Year pudding flavours: healthy, low-sugar, vegan, gingery – we put them to the test
‘Fire hockey’ and sword fights are hot events at cultural festival in Thailand

In Chaiyaphum, Thailand, local people risked burns as they played a game of fire hockey with a burning ball, as well as staged a sword fight. The events on December 20, 2019, were part of annual winter celebrations for the region's cultural heritage.

27 Dec 2019 - 12:09PM

In Chaiyaphum, Thailand, local people risked burns as they played a game of fire hockey with a burning ball, as well as staged a sword fight. The events on December 20, 2019, were part of annual winter celebrations for the region's cultural heritage.

‘Fire hockey’ and sword fights are hot events at cultural festival in Thailand
‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse over the Middle East and Asia

An annular solar eclipse was visible on December 26, 2019 in the Middle East and Asia along a 118-kilometre wide path. The rare “ring of fire” could be seen from countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

26 Dec 2019 - 9:16PM

An annular solar eclipse was visible on December 26, 2019 in the Middle East and Asia along a 118-kilometre wide path. The rare “ring of fire” could be seen from countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse over the Middle East and Asia
Activists build Christmas tree from cigarette butts in call for plastic ban

Activists from the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement built a Christmas tree out of cigarette butts to call for a ban on the use of plastic for cigarette filters. Filters made with plastic are the second most littered single-use plastic product, according to the European Union. 

24 Dec 2019 - 6:54PM

Activists from the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement built a Christmas tree out of cigarette butts to call for a ban on the use of plastic for cigarette filters. Filters made with plastic are the second most littered single-use plastic product, according to the European Union. 

Activists build Christmas tree from cigarette butts in call for plastic ban
Australian flyer wins wingsuit tournament in China

Australian flyer Scott Paterson has emerged the victor at a wingsuit tournament in Yunnan, China. He was among 15 flyers from 11 countries who joined the three-day event. Chinese state media reported that the prize money will be donated to poor local children.

24 Dec 2019 - 9:10AM

Australian flyer Scott Paterson has emerged the victor at a wingsuit tournament in Yunnan, China. He was among 15 flyers from 11 countries who joined the three-day event. Chinese state media reported that the prize money will be donated to poor local children.

Australian flyer wins wingsuit tournament in China
UK girl finds note from alleged Chinese prisoner inside charity Christmas card

A six-year-old British girl from south London in the UK found a Christmas card with a message allegedly from foreign prisoners in China. The sender of the message claimed that prisoners were being forced to work against their will in the Shanghai Qingpu prison. The holiday card, which is among those sold to raise money for charity, was bought from British supermarket chain Tesco. The retailer said it has halted production at a Chinese factory after the discovery and launched an investigation into Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, one of its suppliers located about 100km (60 miles) from the prison named in the message.

23 Dec 2019 - 4:54PM

A six-year-old British girl from south London in the UK found a Christmas card with a message allegedly from foreign prisoners in China. The sender of the message claimed that prisoners were being forced to work against their will in the Shanghai Qingpu prison. The holiday card, which is among those sold to raise money for charity, was bought from British supermarket chain Tesco. The retailer said it has halted production at a Chinese factory after the discovery and launched an investigation into Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, one of its suppliers located about 100km (60 miles) from the prison named in the message.

UK girl finds note from alleged Chinese prisoner inside charity Christmas card
Police gun drawn as Hong Kong rally for China’s Uygurs descends into chaos

A protest rally in Hong Kong on Sunday December 22, 2019, against China’s treatment of Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang, descended into chaos and saw a police officer draw his weapon as he came under attack. Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have now been ongoing for more than six months.

23 Dec 2019 - 3:05PM

A protest rally in Hong Kong on Sunday December 22, 2019, against China’s treatment of Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang, descended into chaos and saw a police officer draw his weapon as he came under attack. Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have now been ongoing for more than six months.

Police gun drawn as Hong Kong rally for China’s Uygurs descends into chaos
China and India send troops for 8th anti-terrorism drill

China and India have each sent 130 soldiers to take part in the 8th anti-terrorism exercise held in India. The Chinese troops are from Tibet Military Command.

18 Dec 2019 - 9:42PM

China and India have each sent 130 soldiers to take part in the 8th anti-terrorism exercise held in India. The Chinese troops are from Tibet Military Command.

China and India send troops for 8th anti-terrorism drill
Thai dancers make offerings to tree trunk for good fortune

A tree trunk that is considered a sacred source of good fortune has been drawing attention and offerings from people in central Thailand. The wood from a Hopea odorata tree was found in a swamp in the central province of Ang Thong and estimated to be around 100 years old. The 12.5-metre (41-foot) trunk is frequently covered with gold leaf and amulets, and has become a destination for Thai folk dancers and others who seek blessings and good luck. Local folklore says that Hopea odorata are inhabited by “Nang Ta-khian”, a beautiful young female tree spirit who is believed to bestow good fortune on those who make offerings to her “homes”.

17 Dec 2019 - 9:18PM

A tree trunk that is considered a sacred source of good fortune has been drawing attention and offerings from people in central Thailand. The wood from a Hopea odorata tree was found in a swamp in the central province of Ang Thong and estimated to be around 100 years old. The 12.5-metre (41-foot) trunk is frequently covered with gold leaf and amulets, and has become a destination for Thai folk dancers and others who seek blessings and good luck. Local folklore says that Hopea odorata are inhabited by “Nang Ta-khian”, a beautiful young female tree spirit who is believed to bestow good fortune on those who make offerings to her “homes”.

Thai dancers make offerings to tree trunk for good fortune
Indonesian martial art pencak silat lands a punch on the UN’s prestigious heritage list

The popular Indonesian martial art pencak silat, which has a growing following after it appeared in Star Wars and John Wick films, has now achieved heritage status with the United Nations. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) added pencak silat to its “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” on December 12, 2019. Silat is an umbrella term for a class of martial arts with roots across the Malay Archipelago and pencak silat, as it’s referred to in Indonesia, combines spirituality with self-defence and artistic elements.

16 Dec 2019 - 8:27PM

The popular Indonesian martial art pencak silat, which has a growing following after it appeared in Star Wars and John Wick films, has now achieved heritage status with the United Nations. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) added pencak silat to its “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” on December 12, 2019. Silat is an umbrella term for a class of martial arts with roots across the Malay Archipelago and pencak silat, as it’s referred to in Indonesia, combines spirituality with self-defence and artistic elements.

Indonesian martial art pencak silat lands a punch on the UN’s prestigious heritage list
Boris Johnson elected UK Prime Minister with huge majority, clearing way for Brexit

Boris Johnson has been elected UK Prime Minister with the Conservative Party claiming 365 seats in the House of Commons, a sufficient majority to push through legislation for Brexit. Johnson vows to lead the country out of the European Union on time by January 31.

16 Dec 2019 - 2:17PM

Boris Johnson has been elected UK Prime Minister with the Conservative Party claiming 365 seats in the House of Commons, a sufficient majority to push through legislation for Brexit. Johnson vows to lead the country out of the European Union on time by January 31.

Boris Johnson elected UK Prime Minister with huge majority, clearing way for Brexit
Japanese airline to offer robotic ‘avatar’ travel as the ‘future of transport’

Japanese airline group ANA Holdings will launch an “avatar travel service” that will allow people to interact with distant places without leaving their own homes. 

13 Dec 2019 - 4:43PM

Japanese airline group ANA Holdings will launch an “avatar travel service” that will allow people to interact with distant places without leaving their own homes. 

Japanese airline to offer robotic ‘avatar’ travel as the ‘future of transport’
Georgian sumo wrestler reached second-highest rank

Georgia-born Levan Gorgadze moved to Japan to become a sumo wrestler 15 years ago despite his mother’s disapproval. Now, he is an ozeki, the second-highest grade after yokozuna, the grand champion and makes his mother, family and village proud.

12 Dec 2019 - 8:36PM

Georgia-born Levan Gorgadze moved to Japan to become a sumo wrestler 15 years ago despite his mother’s disapproval. Now, he is an ozeki, the second-highest grade after yokozuna, the grand champion and makes his mother, family and village proud.

Georgian sumo wrestler reached second-highest rank
Pakistan hosts first cricket Test since deadly 2009 terror attack

Security was tight around Rawalpindi cricket stadium on December 11, 2019 as Pakistan hosted its first cricket test match since a deadly terrorist attack in 2009. The attack, which targeted Sri Lanka's cricket team, killed 6 policemen and 2 civilians. Several members of the Sri Lankan team were also injured. Despite this, the Sri Lankan team has returned to take part in two tests, hoping to convince other teams to visit as well.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:16AM

Security was tight around Rawalpindi cricket stadium on December 11, 2019 as Pakistan hosted its first cricket test match since a deadly terrorist attack in 2009. The attack, which targeted Sri Lanka's cricket team, killed 6 policemen and 2 civilians. Several members of the Sri Lankan team were also injured. Despite this, the Sri Lankan team has returned to take part in two tests, hoping to convince other teams to visit as well.

Pakistan hosts first cricket Test since deadly 2009 terror attack
More than 20 endangered green sea turtles freed after Indonesia police rescue

Indonesia police released more than 20 adult green sea turtles on December 10, 2019, after the animals were reportedly rescued from poachers. The endangered turtles, which are a protected species in Indonesia, were found under the floorboards of a ship during a routine patrol of waters near the country.

11 Dec 2019 - 5:37PM

Indonesia police released more than 20 adult green sea turtles on December 10, 2019, after the animals were reportedly rescued from poachers. The endangered turtles, which are a protected species in Indonesia, were found under the floorboards of a ship during a routine patrol of waters near the country.

More than 20 endangered green sea turtles freed after Indonesia police rescue
China’s first Earth observation satellite helps build 3D maps

The China National Space Administration released the first batch of 3D images on December 10, based on data from an Earth observation satellite. The surveying satellite Gaofen-7, capable of high-precision mapping, will boost accuracy and create 3D maps.

10 Dec 2019 - 9:28PM

The China National Space Administration released the first batch of 3D images on December 10, based on data from an Earth observation satellite. The surveying satellite Gaofen-7, capable of high-precision mapping, will boost accuracy and create 3D maps.

China’s first Earth observation satellite helps build 3D maps
Cherry blossom party blooms into political scandals for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Opposition lawmakers have accused Japan’s Prime Minister of breaking campaign laws after he reportedly invited hundreds of his political supporters to an annual state-funded cherry blossom viewing party. 

10 Dec 2019 - 4:42PM

Opposition lawmakers have accused Japan’s Prime Minister of breaking campaign laws after he reportedly invited hundreds of his political supporters to an annual state-funded cherry blossom viewing party. 

 Cherry blossom party blooms into political scandals for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Baby alpacas in Chinese restaurant bring joy to customers

A restaurant in Shenyang, northeast China has brought in two baby alpacas to accompany customers while they enjoy meals.

9 Dec 2019 - 7:42PM

A restaurant in Shenyang, northeast China has brought in two baby alpacas to accompany customers while they enjoy meals.

Baby alpacas in Chinese restaurant bring joy to customers
Hong Kong police carry out rare explosives demonstration

Hong Kong police carried out a rare demonstration of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) on December 6, 2019. Officers say they seized small amounts of the volatile home-made explosive and made several related arrests in recent months amid Hong Kong’s ongoing civil unrest which has included violent clashes between police and protesters.

9 Dec 2019 - 5:48PM

Hong Kong police carried out a rare demonstration of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) on December 6, 2019. Officers say they seized small amounts of the volatile home-made explosive and made several related arrests in recent months amid Hong Kong’s ongoing civil unrest which has included violent clashes between police and protesters.

Hong Kong police carry out rare explosives demonstration
Chinese single mothers seek sperm donors abroad

As the marriage rate in China fell to 7.3 per 1,000 in 2018, more affluent single women are seeking to become mothers without husbands. They are turning to overseas options, because unmarried women in the country are largely barred from accessing sperm banks and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, where an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body.

6 Dec 2019 - 8:55PM

As the marriage rate in China fell to 7.3 per 1,000 in 2018, more affluent single women are seeking to become mothers without husbands. They are turning to overseas options, because unmarried women in the country are largely barred from accessing sperm banks and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, where an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body.

Chinese single mothers seek sperm donors abroad
Blind man in New Delhi commutes four hours for massage therapist training

In New Delhi, India, Vinod Kumar Sharma spends four hours every day on the city’s crowded trains and often unpaved roads. The 44-year-old finds it difficult to navigate the city because of its heavy traffic and poorly repaired streets. But to earn a living after losing his job as a factory worker, the father of three started to retrain as a massage therapist in January.

5 Dec 2019 - 10:08PM

In New Delhi, India, Vinod Kumar Sharma spends four hours every day on the city’s crowded trains and often unpaved roads. The 44-year-old finds it difficult to navigate the city because of its heavy traffic and poorly repaired streets. But to earn a living after losing his job as a factory worker, the father of three started to retrain as a massage therapist in January.

Blind man in New Delhi commutes four hours for massage therapist training
Fast-footed Chinese rope skipper breaks his own world record

Cen Xiaolin smashed his own world record for rope skipping in November 2019, by managing to jump over the line 228 times in just half a minute. The 18-year-old pupil from a middle school in the southern province of Guangdong previously set a Guinness World Record in 2016 by skipping 208 times in 30 seconds.

4 Dec 2019 - 3:18PM

Cen Xiaolin smashed his own world record for rope skipping in November 2019, by managing to jump over the line 228 times in just half a minute. The 18-year-old pupil from a middle school in the southern province of Guangdong previously set a Guinness World Record in 2016 by skipping 208 times in 30 seconds.

Fast-footed Chinese rope skipper breaks his own world record
Chinese one-legged basketball player inspires others to enjoy sports to the fullest

Luo Xiangjian lost his right leg when he stepped on a bomb left over from the Sino-Vietnam war when he was five. But that did not stop him from chasing his dream of playing basketball.

3 Dec 2019 - 7:52PM

Luo Xiangjian lost his right leg when he stepped on a bomb left over from the Sino-Vietnam war when he was five. But that did not stop him from chasing his dream of playing basketball.

Chinese one-legged basketball player inspires others to enjoy sports to the fullest
Deepening inequality in South Korea bites struggling youth

In South Korea, income disparity has widened since President Moon Jae-in took office in 2017. 

2 Dec 2019 - 10:14PM

In South Korea, income disparity has widened since President Moon Jae-in took office in 2017. 

Deepening inequality in South Korea bites struggling youth
Police fired tear gas after protests broke out over plans to build a crematorium in Guangdong

Protests broke out in a town in China’s southern province of Guangdong on November 28. Residents were demonstrating against a plan to build an industrial park, that includes a crematorium, in a forest farm. Residents said people suffered multiple injuries when police fired tear gas and hit them with batons.

2 Dec 2019 - 2:10PM

Protests broke out in a town in China’s southern province of Guangdong on November 28. Residents were demonstrating against a plan to build an industrial park, that includes a crematorium, in a forest farm. Residents said people suffered multiple injuries when police fired tear gas and hit them with batons.

Police fired tear gas after protests broke out over plans to build a crematorium in Guangdong