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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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
House made out of fallen tree branches in Malaysia

In Malaysia, Abdul Karim is building a mosque using fallen tree branches collected from the nearby woods. After more than a year of effort in his spare time, the poet who writes under the name “Arif Karimia” was nearing completion of the project in November 2019.

28 Nov 2019 - 7:48PM

In Malaysia, Abdul Karim is building a mosque using fallen tree branches collected from the nearby woods. After more than a year of effort in his spare time, the poet who writes under the name “Arif Karimia” was nearing completion of the project in November 2019.

House made out of fallen tree branches in Malaysia
Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao collapses and dies while shooting reality show in China

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao died early Wednesday, November 27, 2019, after collapsing during the filming of a reality television show in eastern China. He was 35.

27 Nov 2019 - 9:39PM

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao died early Wednesday, November 27, 2019, after collapsing during the filming of a reality television show in eastern China. He was 35.

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao collapses and dies while shooting reality show in China
Protesters refuse to leave PolyU campus after almost two weeks

Nine days after the police siege of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University started, management entered the campus on November 26 to persuade remaining protesters to leave.

26 Nov 2019 - 9:26PM

Nine days after the police siege of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University started, management entered the campus on November 26 to persuade remaining protesters to leave.

Protesters refuse to leave PolyU campus after almost two weeks
Pope visits Japan for first time in 38 years

Pope Francis has left Thailand for Japan for the first papal visit there in almost 40 years. This is part of his 32nd Apostolic Journey that includes a family reunion in Bangkok and takes his anti-nuclear message to Japan.

25 Nov 2019 - 8:56PM

Pope Francis has left Thailand for Japan for the first papal visit there in almost 40 years. This is part of his 32nd Apostolic Journey that includes a family reunion in Bangkok and takes his anti-nuclear message to Japan.

Pope visits Japan for first time in 38 years
Son of 70-year-old killed by brick during protest calls for peace

A 70-year-old cleaner died on November 15, a day after he was hit on the head with a brick thrown during a clash between anti-government protesters and their opponents in Sheung Shui, a northern Hong Kong border town.

22 Nov 2019 - 9:51PM

A 70-year-old cleaner died on November 15, a day after he was hit on the head with a brick thrown during a clash between anti-government protesters and their opponents in Sheung Shui, a northern Hong Kong border town.

Son of 70-year-old killed by brick during protest calls for peace
Vaping ban for Philippines announced by President Duterte

E-cigarettes will be outlawed in the Philippines and anyone caught vaping in public may be arrested, according to the nation’s president. 

21 Nov 2019 - 9:39PM

E-cigarettes will be outlawed in the Philippines and anyone caught vaping in public may be arrested, according to the nation’s president. 

Vaping ban for Philippines announced by President Duterte
Hong Kong’s local elections on schedule despite anti-government protests

Hong Kong’s District Council elections are scheduled for Sunday, November 24, 2019. District councillors handle community-level affairs in the city’s 18 districts and are democratically elected every four years.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:44AM

Hong Kong’s District Council elections are scheduled for Sunday, November 24, 2019. District councillors handle community-level affairs in the city’s 18 districts and are democratically elected every four years.

Hong Kong’s local elections on schedule despite anti-government protests
Koala rescued from deadly Australian bush fires

At least 350 koalas are feared killed as bush fires continue to burn in the eastern part of Australia.

20 Nov 2019 - 6:33PM

At least 350 koalas are feared killed as bush fires continue to burn in the eastern part of Australia.

Koala rescued from deadly Australian bush fires
Chinese pet detective helps reunite lost furry friends with owners

If your beloved furry friend goes missing in China, hiring a pet detective is now a way to increase your chances of a happy reunion.

19 Nov 2019 - 7:40PM

If your beloved furry friend goes missing in China, hiring a pet detective is now a way to increase your chances of a happy reunion.

Chinese pet detective helps reunite lost furry friends with owners
Elephants re-enact battle at an annual festival in Thailand

Every year, elephants take part in the Surin Elephant Round-up where the elephant handlers, called mahouts, show their skills in battle re-enactments and football games. However, critics say the elephants have to endure traumatic and painful training to be tamed.

18 Nov 2019 - 8:00PM

Every year, elephants take part in the Surin Elephant Round-up where the elephant handlers, called mahouts, show their skills in battle re-enactments and football games. However, critics say the elephants have to endure traumatic and painful training to be tamed.

Elephants re-enact battle at an annual festival in Thailand
Protests continue to grip Hong Kong

Protests continued in Hong Kong through the afternoon and into the evening of November 14, 2019. 

15 Nov 2019 - 1:50AM

Protests continued in Hong Kong through the afternoon and into the evening of November 14, 2019. 

Protests continue to grip Hong Kong
Chinese and local organisations help students from mainland China flee universities in Hong Kong

With violent protests at Hong Kong universities showing no signs of easing, some students from mainland China have fled their campuses. 

14 Nov 2019 - 7:12PM

With violent protests at Hong Kong universities showing no signs of easing, some students from mainland China have fled their campuses. 

Chinese and local organisations help students from mainland China flee universities in Hong Kong
China plans to build a unified national park system by 2020

China plans to develop a unified national park system by 2020, after gathering inspiration from wilderness recreation areas in the United States. 

14 Nov 2019 - 6:00AM

China plans to develop a unified national park system by 2020, after gathering inspiration from wilderness recreation areas in the United States. 

China plans to build a unified national park system by 2020
Korean parents pray for their children before major college entrance exam

Over 548,000 students will take the College Scholastic Ability Test, also known as Suneung, South Korea’s national college entrance exam on November 14. The test is a major part of the South Korean education system and for many students, their academic life leads up to this moment. The tests last all day and feature back-to-back exams. The country comes almost to a standstill as stock markets open late and public transport often puts on extra services. Doing well on the test will often determine where students go to university but can also affect future job prospects. With the stakes so high while the students revise, some parents go to temples to pray.

11 Nov 2019 - 10:54PM

Over 548,000 students will take the College Scholastic Ability Test, also known as Suneung, South Korea’s national college entrance exam on November 14. The test is a major part of the South Korean education system and for many students, their academic life leads up to this moment. The tests last all day and feature back-to-back exams. The country comes almost to a standstill as stock markets open late and public transport often puts on extra services. Doing well on the test will often determine where students go to university but can also affect future job prospects. With the stakes so high while the students revise, some parents go to temples to pray.

Korean parents pray for their children before major college entrance exam
President Morales of Bolivia resigns amid protests and allegations of election fraud

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation on November 10, 2019, after he claimed to have won the country’s general election causing several weeks of protests. The resignation comes after the head of the army had called for Morales to step down. Tensions flared up after the results were stopped for 24 hours without explanation before it was announced that Morales has won the election. A report by the Organisation of American States later said it could not verify the results as it had found evidence of data manipulation.

11 Nov 2019 - 6:41PM

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation on November 10, 2019, after he claimed to have won the country’s general election causing several weeks of protests. The resignation comes after the head of the army had called for Morales to step down. Tensions flared up after the results were stopped for 24 hours without explanation before it was announced that Morales has won the election. A report by the Organisation of American States later said it could not verify the results as it had found evidence of data manipulation.

President Morales of Bolivia resigns amid protests and allegations of election fraud
Lion cubs terrified when introduced to piglet pal

Lion cubs in at a zoo in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu did not exactly live up to the fierce reputation of their species when introduced to a new “friend.” 

8 Nov 2019 - 5:47PM

Lion cubs in at a zoo in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu did not exactly live up to the fierce reputation of their species when introduced to a new “friend.” 

Lion cubs terrified when introduced to piglet pal
Xinjiang’s long and winding road with more than 600 hairpin bends

In Xinjiang, a 75km (47-mile) stretch of road snakes back and forth over a mountainous incline as it reaches a height of 4,100 metres (13,450ft) above sea level. 

8 Nov 2019 - 2:22PM

In Xinjiang, a 75km (47-mile) stretch of road snakes back and forth over a mountainous incline as it reaches a height of 4,100 metres (13,450ft) above sea level. 

Xinjiang’s long and winding road with more than 600 hairpin bends
Golden toilet with most diamonds sets a world record

Fancy a luxurious loo? A golden lavatory with 40,815 diamonds has set a Guinness World Record.

7 Nov 2019 - 7:34PM

Fancy a luxurious loo? A golden lavatory with 40,815 diamonds has set a Guinness World Record.

Golden toilet with most diamonds sets a world record
Accused drug dealer facing death penalty escapes from Thai court after gunfight

An American on drug dealing charges escaped a courthouse with two other prisoners in Pattaya, Thailand on November 4. The shackled inmates fled in a pickup truck after stabbing and shooting guards.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:08PM

An American on drug dealing charges escaped a courthouse with two other prisoners in Pattaya, Thailand on November 4. The shackled inmates fled in a pickup truck after stabbing and shooting guards.

Accused drug dealer facing death penalty escapes from Thai court after gunfight
Celebrating all things 'Ramen' in Tokyo

This year’s Tokyo Ramen Show brought food lovers 36 kinds of the Japanese noodle soup from different regions of the country. The annual event aims to promote tourism in Japan and is one of its largest outdoor gourmet festivals. The event was held at Komazawa Olympic Park from October 24 to November 4.

5 Nov 2019 - 8:06PM

This year’s Tokyo Ramen Show brought food lovers 36 kinds of the Japanese noodle soup from different regions of the country. The annual event aims to promote tourism in Japan and is one of its largest outdoor gourmet festivals. The event was held at Komazawa Olympic Park from October 24 to November 4.

Celebrating all things 'Ramen' in Tokyo
At least three UK lorry victims set off from Vietnam’s ‘Billionaire Village’

At least three of the 39 victims found dead in a lorry in England on October 23 set off from Vietnam’s ‘Billionaire Village’ where farmers live in palatial mansions. Villagers go overseas, legally or illegally, for better lives and to support families back home.

4 Nov 2019 - 8:52PM

At least three of the 39 victims found dead in a lorry in England on October 23 set off from Vietnam’s ‘Billionaire Village’ where farmers live in palatial mansions. Villagers go overseas, legally or illegally, for better lives and to support families back home.

At least three UK lorry victims set off from Vietnam’s ‘Billionaire Village’
Beijing residents hit the gym as China wakes up to rising obesity

Excessive weight is a growing problem across China, where 6.6 per cent of adults were considered obese according to the latest research from 2016 – almost double the rate recorded a decade earlier. 

1 Nov 2019 - 8:54PM

Excessive weight is a growing problem across China, where 6.6 per cent of adults were considered obese according to the latest research from 2016 – almost double the rate recorded a decade earlier. 

Beijing residents hit the gym as China wakes up to rising obesity
Chinese apprentice chefs show off noodle skills

Shanxi Province is famous for its traditional knife-shaven noodles. But apprentice chefs at Taiyuan Tourism College see noodle-making as an art form.

31 Oct 2019 - 7:05PM

Shanxi Province is famous for its traditional knife-shaven noodles. But apprentice chefs at Taiyuan Tourism College see noodle-making as an art form.

Chinese apprentice chefs show off noodle skills
Tourists enjoy a sea of red leaves in Shandong and Sichuan

In Shandong and Sichuan, hills and valleys are lit up by red leaves as autumn creeps in.

30 Oct 2019 - 10:35PM

In Shandong and Sichuan, hills and valleys are lit up by red leaves as autumn creeps in.

Tourists enjoy a sea of red leaves in Shandong and Sichuan