Lea Li

Lea Li joined the Post in 2016 and specialises in the video production of news and features. His reporting covers political and social issues in China and Hong Kong. His work was recognised with an honorable mention in the Excellence in Video Reporting category at the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards. He holds a master's degree in multimedia and entertainment technology from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Lea Li
Lea Li joined the Post in 2016 and specialises in the video production of news and features. His reporting covers political and social issues in China and Hong Kong. His work was recognised with an honorable mention in the Excellence in Video Reporting category at the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards. He holds a master's degree in multimedia and entertainment technology from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Chinese students in nervous wait for results of ‘make or break’ gaokao university entrance exams

In China, the university entrance examination, or gaokao, is widely considered to be the most important test in a young person’s life. The results may highly impact students’ future employment opportunities and income prospects.

8 Jun 2019 - 8:18PM

In China, the university entrance examination, or gaokao, is widely considered to be the most important test in a young person’s life. The results may highly impact students’ future employment opportunities and income prospects.

Chinese students in nervous wait for results of ‘make or break’ gaokao university entrance exams
Filipino helpers row on Hong Kong dragon boat team to inspire confidence among domestic workers

Founded in 2018, the Filipino Dynamo dragon boat team made up of domestic workers made a strong showing at a Hong Kong open race on May 26, 2019.

7 Jun 2019 - 8:00AM

Founded in 2018, the Filipino Dynamo dragon boat team made up of domestic workers made a strong showing at a Hong Kong open race on May 26, 2019.

Filipino helpers row on Hong Kong dragon boat team to inspire confidence among domestic workers
‘No riots’ during 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Beijing writer Ma Bo recalls

In 1989, Beijing-based writer Ma Bo, who is better known as Lao Gui, author of Blood Red Sunset, was a journalist working for state-run newspaper Legal Daily, as well as an active participant in the Tiananmen Square protests.

2 Jun 2019 - 12:28PM

In 1989, Beijing-based writer Ma Bo, who is better known as Lao Gui, author of Blood Red Sunset, was a journalist working for state-run newspaper Legal Daily, as well as an active participant in the Tiananmen Square protests.

‘No riots’ during 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Beijing writer Ma Bo recalls
30 years after the Tiananmen Square crackdown, dissidents in China and in exile speak to why the wounds still haven’t been healed

Six witnesses and dissidents in China and abroad share their experiences of hardship since the night of the crackdown, and why they think China can never heal or move forward until Beijing reverses its verdict on the protests.

3 Jun 2019 - 7:33PM

Six witnesses and dissidents in China and abroad share their experiences of hardship since the night of the crackdown, and why they think China can never heal or move forward until Beijing reverses its verdict on the protests.

30 years after the Tiananmen Square crackdown, dissidents in China and in exile speak to why the wounds still haven’t been healed
Hong Kong’s ‘unofficial mayor’ Hilton Cheong-Leen calls for improved living standards in the city

Hilton Cheong-Leen, now 96, was the first ethnic Chinese chairman of the Urban Council which was responsible for municipal services on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, including leisure and cultural facilities, and overseeing sanitation and hygiene issues. He also co-founded one of the city’s first political organisations, the Hong Kong Civic Association, in 1954.

12 May 2019 - 8:00AM

Hilton Cheong-Leen, now 96, was the first ethnic Chinese chairman of the Urban Council which was responsible for municipal services on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, including leisure and cultural facilities, and overseeing sanitation and hygiene issues. He also co-founded one of the city’s first political organisations, the Hong Kong Civic Association, in 1954.

Hong Kong’s ‘unofficial mayor’ Hilton Cheong-Leen calls for improved living standards in the city
Protest march through Hong Kong against proposed extradition law

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on April 28, 2019, in protest against a proposed extradition law amendment that would allow fugitive transfers from Taiwan, Macau, and the Chinese mainland.

29 Apr 2019 - 2:38PM

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on April 28, 2019, in protest against a proposed extradition law amendment that would allow fugitive transfers from Taiwan, Macau, and the Chinese mainland.

Protest march through Hong Kong against proposed extradition law
Pesticide-spraying drones rise to challenge of China’s ‘intelligent agriculture’ ambition

The agricultural and forestry drone sales market in China is expected to be worth 20 billion yuan (US$2.9 billion) by 2025, according to a forecast by iiMedia Research.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:51PM

The agricultural and forestry drone sales market in China is expected to be worth 20 billion yuan (US$2.9 billion) by 2025, according to a forecast by iiMedia Research.

Pesticide-spraying drones rise to challenge of China’s ‘intelligent agriculture’ ambition
‘Donald Trump’ and ‘Chairman Mao’ share stage in Hong Kong’s new Cantonese opera

A new Cantonese opera called Trump on Show is being staged in Hong Kong, showcasing the work of local feng shui master Edward Li Kui-ming who used the traditional performance art to create a satirical drama about US-China relations.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:30AM

A new Cantonese opera called Trump on Show is being staged in Hong Kong, showcasing the work of local feng shui master Edward Li Kui-ming who used the traditional performance art to create a satirical drama about US-China relations.

‘Donald Trump’ and ‘Chairman Mao’ share stage in Hong Kong’s new Cantonese opera
Inside a Chinese internet censorship centre

Inke has grown quickly amid China’s live-streaming frenzy that started in 2016, to become one of the top live-streaming apps in the country with some 25 million monthly active users.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:35PM

Inke has grown quickly amid China’s live-streaming frenzy that started in 2016, to become one of the top live-streaming apps in the country with some 25 million monthly active users.

Inside a Chinese internet censorship centre
That's a wrap at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2019

Here are the South China Morning Post's best five minutes from Fiji's five consecutive wins at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.

8 Apr 2019 - 11:03AM

Here are the South China Morning Post's best five minutes from Fiji's five consecutive wins at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.

That's a wrap at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2019
Fiji’s Hong Kong Sevens fans

Fiji fans share their passion for their team and reveal why Hong Kong Sevens is their favourite event.

7 Apr 2019 - 3:47PM

Fiji fans share their passion for their team and reveal why Hong Kong Sevens is their favourite event.

Fiji’s Hong Kong Sevens fans
My life in China: Russian Taobao vendor promotes Chinese culture to the world

Artem Zhdanov, or An Tianyou, is a 29-year-old Russian who has lived in China for seven years. He fell in love with Chinese culture during his first trip to China and later settled down in Shenzhen to start up a business.

3 Apr 2019 - 6:42PM

Artem Zhdanov, or An Tianyou, is a 29-year-old Russian who has lived in China for seven years. He fell in love with Chinese culture during his first trip to China and later settled down in Shenzhen to start up a business.

My life in China: Russian Taobao vendor promotes Chinese culture to the world
Razer CEO Tan Min Liang on gear for gamers

“The best part of my job is that I can play games, and it’s my job,” said Singaporean entrepreneur Tan Min Liang. The Razer CEO is adamant that he’s a hardcore gamer, just like his customers.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:57AM

“The best part of my job is that I can play games, and it’s my job,” said Singaporean entrepreneur Tan Min Liang. The Razer CEO is adamant that he’s a hardcore gamer, just like his customers.

Razer CEO Tan Min Liang on gear for gamers
Hong Kong’s iconic Excelsior hotel closes for redevelopment

The Excelsior, Hong Kong's iconic waterfront hotel built on the very first plot of land sold during the British colonial era, has closed after 46 years.

31 Mar 2019 - 4:06PM

The Excelsior, Hong Kong's iconic waterfront hotel built on the very first plot of land sold during the British colonial era, has closed after 46 years.

Hong Kong’s iconic Excelsior hotel closes for redevelopment
French consulate serves cheap meals for Hong Kong’s low-income workers

“The Lunch Club”, initiated by the French Chamber Foundation in 2015, serves meals at Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service for just HK$8 (US$1) five days a week for low-income workers.

26 Mar 2019 - 5:24PM

“The Lunch Club”, initiated by the French Chamber Foundation in 2015, serves meals at Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service for just HK$8 (US$1) five days a week for low-income workers.

French consulate serves cheap meals for Hong Kong’s low-income workers
The Redefining Hong Kong Debate Series: Financial Secretary Paul Chan explains his 2019-20 budget

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po attended the Redefining Hong Kong Debate Series, organised by the South China Morning Post on March 13, to explain his 2019-20 budget.

13 Mar 2019 - 7:40PM

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po attended the Redefining Hong Kong Debate Series, organised by the South China Morning Post on March 13, to explain his 2019-20 budget.

The Redefining Hong Kong Debate Series: Financial Secretary Paul Chan explains his 2019-20 budget
The Chinese villagers who fear they can never escape the poverty trap

In 2015, China launched a wide-ranging campaign meant to wipe out poverty across China in just five years. The programme was meant to lift the entire population above the poverty line, ensuring every family would have an annual income above 2,300 yuan (US$340) by 2020.

15 Mar 2019 - 4:53PM

In 2015, China launched a wide-ranging campaign meant to wipe out poverty across China in just five years. The programme was meant to lift the entire population above the poverty line, ensuring every family would have an annual income above 2,300 yuan (US$340) by 2020.

The Chinese villagers who fear they can never escape the poverty trap
HKEX chief executive Charles Li Xiaojia unveils three-year plan

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing chief executive Charles Li Xiaojia has released his three-year vision for the bourse. Hong Kong aims to serve as the venue of choice for investors and issuers in Asian time zones, and to further increase its relevance amid Chinese, Asian and international markets.

9 Mar 2019 - 8:04AM

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing chief executive Charles Li Xiaojia has released his three-year vision for the bourse. Hong Kong aims to serve as the venue of choice for investors and issuers in Asian time zones, and to further increase its relevance amid Chinese, Asian and international markets.

HKEX chief executive Charles Li Xiaojia unveils three-year plan
Hong Kong container trucker living with impact of US-China trade war

In recent years, nearly half the products China has exported to the US have gone through Hong Kong. But the volume has declined since the US-China trade war intensified last September.

4 Mar 2019 - 3:54PM

In recent years, nearly half the products China has exported to the US have gone through Hong Kong. But the volume has declined since the US-China trade war intensified last September.

Hong Kong container trucker living with impact of US-China trade war
Beijing ‘Undie Run’: crazy fun for both runners and spectators

Dozens of runners took part in the annual Undie Run at the Olympic Forest Park in China’s capital Beijing, on February 24.
Runners stripped down to their underwear for a 3.5 km (2 mile) sprint as spectators flocked to the park to take photos.
The event has been organised by China’s netizens since 2012, aiming to promote environmental awareness.

24 Feb 2019 - 5:20PM

Dozens of runners took part in the annual Undie Run at the Olympic Forest Park in China’s capital Beijing, on February 24.
Runners stripped down to their underwear for a 3.5 km (2 mile) sprint as spectators flocked to the park to take photos.
The event has been organised by China’s netizens since 2012, aiming to promote environmental awareness.

Beijing ‘Undie Run’: crazy fun for both runners and spectators
Hong Kong’s century-old Lin Heung Tea House about to close

Famous for traditional Chinese tea and authentic dim sum, Lin Heung Tea House has been an iconic establishment in Hong Kong’s Central district since 1918.

24 Feb 2019 - 8:03AM

Famous for traditional Chinese tea and authentic dim sum, Lin Heung Tea House has been an iconic establishment in Hong Kong’s Central district since 1918.

Hong Kong’s century-old Lin Heung Tea House about to close
Lion dancing: good wishes for the Lunar New Year

The lion dance is an iconic sight during Lunar New Year and other festive occasions across China, as well as in Southeast Asia and in ethnic Chinese communities around the world.

4 Feb 2019 - 6:02AM

The lion dance is an iconic sight during Lunar New Year and other festive occasions across China, as well as in Southeast Asia and in ethnic Chinese communities around the world.

Lion dancing: good wishes for the Lunar New Year
A 'take two' at life : Organ-donation in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s organ-donation rate is among the lowest in the world. According to Hong Kong’s Department of Health, only 298,442 of the seven million people living in the city are registered as donors. That poor showing has prompted calls from both recipients and relatives of donors for more people to sign up for donation lists. Specialists in the organ-donation field say changes to the registration process may encourage more people to step forward.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:20AM

Hong Kong’s organ-donation rate is among the lowest in the world. According to Hong Kong’s Department of Health, only 298,442 of the seven million people living in the city are registered as donors. That poor showing has prompted calls from both recipients and relatives of donors for more people to sign up for donation lists. Specialists in the organ-donation field say changes to the registration process may encourage more people to step forward.

A 'take two' at life : Organ-donation in Hong Kong
Old toys offer a glimpse into Hong Kong history

Hong Kong was once the world’s biggest toy maker, a legacy which continues with companies based in the city still producing 60-70 per cent of the global toy supply from factories on the Chinese mainland.

29 Jan 2019 - 12:30PM

Hong Kong was once the world’s biggest toy maker, a legacy which continues with companies based in the city still producing 60-70 per cent of the global toy supply from factories on the Chinese mainland.

Old toys offer a glimpse into Hong Kong history
By the numbers: A look at Hong Kong’s new Central-Wanchai Bypass

After more than nine years of construction, Hong Kong’s HK$36 billion (US$4.6 billion) Central-Wan Chai Bypass opened on Sunday (January 20, 2019).

20 Jan 2019 - 6:07PM

After more than nine years of construction, Hong Kong’s HK$36 billion (US$4.6 billion) Central-Wan Chai Bypass opened on Sunday (January 20, 2019).

By the numbers: A look at Hong Kong’s new Central-Wanchai Bypass
The rise and fall of Donald Tsang

Taking pride in being a “Hong Kong boy”, Donald Tsang worked his way up and rose quickly through the ranks in his 45-year civil service career. He took over the top job as the chief executive of Hong Kong in 2005 before the court case brought him back down to earth and put him behind bars.

14 Jan 2019 - 6:56PM

Taking pride in being a “Hong Kong boy”, Donald Tsang worked his way up and rose quickly through the ranks in his 45-year civil service career. He took over the top job as the chief executive of Hong Kong in 2005 before the court case brought him back down to earth and put him behind bars.

The rise and fall of Donald Tsang
Top five toys at Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair

The 45th Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair opened on January 7, 2019. The three-day exhibition is the largest in Asia and second-biggest worldwide. The event features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions.

9 Jan 2019 - 9:43AM

The 45th Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair opened on January 7, 2019. The three-day exhibition is the largest in Asia and second-biggest worldwide. The event features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions.

Top five toys at Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair
Five stand-out playthings at the 45th Hong Kong Toy’s and Games Fair

The 45th Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair opened on January 7, 2019. The three-day exhibition is the largest in Asia and second-biggest worldwide. The event features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions, many of whom are focused on so-called STEAM toys that teach science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

8 Jan 2019 - 7:28PM

The 45th Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair opened on January 7, 2019. The three-day exhibition is the largest in Asia and second-biggest worldwide. The event features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions, many of whom are focused on so-called STEAM toys that teach science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Five stand-out playthings at the 45th Hong Kong Toy’s and Games Fair
Controversy erupts at Hong Kong New Year’s Day rally as pro-independence activists complain of harassment and office break-in

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators joined an annual march in Hong Kong on January 1, 2019, calling for political reform and protesting what they described as shrinking freedoms in the city.

1 Jan 2019 - 10:32PM

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators joined an annual march in Hong Kong on January 1, 2019, calling for political reform and protesting what they described as shrinking freedoms in the city.

Controversy erupts at Hong Kong New Year’s Day rally as pro-independence activists complain of harassment and office break-in
Hong Kong greets 2019 with HK$14 million fireworks show

Hong Kong welcomes the new year with an annual fireworks and light show over Victoria Harbour.

1 Jan 2019 - 2:26AM

Hong Kong welcomes the new year with an annual fireworks and light show over Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong greets 2019 with HK$14 million fireworks show