Lea Li

Hong Kong

Lea Li

Video Producer

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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Tear gas fired as thousands protest Beijing’s planned national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kong police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday as thousands took to the streets in protest. Angered by Beijing’s planned national security law for the city, protesters denounced the proposed legislation as a threat to civil liberties and the end of the “one country, two systems” principle.

24 May 2020 - 10:50PM

Hong Kong police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday as thousands took to the streets in protest. Angered by Beijing’s planned national security law for the city, protesters denounced the proposed legislation as a threat to civil liberties and the end of the “one country, two systems” principle.

Tear gas fired as thousands protest Beijing’s planned national security law for Hong Kong
The ‘two sessions’ explained: China’s most important political meetings of the year

China normally holds its most important annual political meetings in March, when the top political advisory body and national legislature gather. But in 2020, the meetings were postponed to May 22, 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the “two sessions” take place only days apart on the political calendar, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) are two very distinct gatherings.
Here’s a closer look at how the two sessions, known as lianghui in Chinese, shape the nation’s policies.
 

20 May 2020 - 2:21PM

China normally holds its most important annual political meetings in March, when the top political advisory body and national legislature gather. But in 2020, the meetings were postponed to May 22, 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the “two sessions” take place only days apart on the political calendar, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) are two very distinct gatherings.
Here’s a closer look at how the two sessions, known as lianghui in Chinese, shape the nation’s policies.
 

The ‘two sessions’ explained: China’s most important political meetings of the year
After 32 years, Chinese mother is finally reunited with her kidnapped son

A Chinese mother, Li Jingzhi, spent decades looking for her missing son, who was believed to have been kidnapped in 1988. After so many desperate years, she was finally reunited with her boy on May 18, 2020. 

20 May 2020 - 10:24AM

A Chinese mother, Li Jingzhi, spent decades looking for her missing son, who was believed to have been kidnapped in 1988. After so many desperate years, she was finally reunited with her boy on May 18, 2020. 

After 32 years, Chinese mother is finally reunited with her kidnapped son
Hong Kong’s ‘abalone king’ Yeung Koon-yat recalls his path to success

Yeung Koon-yat came to Hong Kong in 1949 and worked his way up from washing dishes to eventually opening his Forum Restaurant in 1977, where he soon earned a reputation as the city’s “abalone king”.
He says the secret of his signature abalone is the soup, which must be simmered with chicken, pork bones and lean pork in charcoal stoves.
In his more than four decades as restaurateur, Yeung has earned two Michelin stars and widespread praise for his signature "Ah Yat braised abalone".

15 May 2020 - 12:00PM

Yeung Koon-yat came to Hong Kong in 1949 and worked his way up from washing dishes to eventually opening his Forum Restaurant in 1977, where he soon earned a reputation as the city’s “abalone king”.
He says the secret of his signature abalone is the soup, which must be simmered with chicken, pork bones and lean pork in charcoal stoves.
In his more than four decades as restaurateur, Yeung has earned two Michelin stars and widespread praise for his signature "Ah Yat braised abalone".

Hong Kong’s ‘abalone king’ Yeung Koon-yat recalls his path to success
Protesters gather in shopping malls across Hong Kong to chant slogans, stage singalongs

Hundreds of protesters gathered in at least 10 shopping malls across Hong Kong on May 10, 2020 to chant slogans and sing the anthem of the anti-government movement, Glory to Hong Kong. 

12 May 2020 - 9:41PM

Hundreds of protesters gathered in at least 10 shopping malls across Hong Kong on May 10, 2020 to chant slogans and sing the anthem of the anti-government movement, Glory to Hong Kong. 

Protesters gather in shopping malls across Hong Kong to chant slogans, stage singalongs
‘Without health, you are nobody’, top Chinese tenor Warren Mok learns from his battle with Covid-19

Warren Mok Wah-yeun, known as one of “China’s Three Tenors”, tested positive for Covid-19 while entering Thailand for a holiday following a business trip to the United States. The Hong Kong based musician spent 26 days in hospital in the Thai capital Bangkok before finally testing negative for the disease and being allowed to fly home. But after he arrived in Hong Kong, Mok tested positive again and had to spend two more weeks in hospital before being declared fully recovered and discharged.

10 May 2020 - 9:00AM

Warren Mok Wah-yeun, known as one of “China’s Three Tenors”, tested positive for Covid-19 while entering Thailand for a holiday following a business trip to the United States. The Hong Kong based musician spent 26 days in hospital in the Thai capital Bangkok before finally testing negative for the disease and being allowed to fly home. But after he arrived in Hong Kong, Mok tested positive again and had to spend two more weeks in hospital before being declared fully recovered and discharged.

‘Without health, you are nobody’, top Chinese tenor Warren Mok learns from his battle with Covid-19
Beloved 50-year-old beef noodle shop latest victim of coronavirus and high rent in Hong Kong

Hop Hing Noodle Ka, a family-run noodle shop in Hong Kong, closed on April 26, 2020, after almost 50 years of serving delicious beef offal, beef brisket and cuttlefish balls. In the last few days of operation, foodies waited in long queues just to taste the restaurant's signature dishes one last time.

29 Apr 2020 - 9:31PM

Hop Hing Noodle Ka, a family-run noodle shop in Hong Kong, closed on April 26, 2020, after almost 50 years of serving delicious beef offal, beef brisket and cuttlefish balls. In the last few days of operation, foodies waited in long queues just to taste the restaurant's signature dishes one last time.

Beloved 50-year-old beef noodle shop latest victim of coronavirus and high rent in Hong Kong
Photographer tries to preserve China’s Great Wall heritage with focus on crumbling sections

China’s Great Wall was first built in the 3rd century BC and for hundreds of years has been built up by successive leaders to defend against threats from nomadic tribes. But natural erosion the footsteps of millions of visitors have taken a toll on the globally recognised historical site which is crumbling in many areas.

19 Apr 2020 - 3:07PM

China’s Great Wall was first built in the 3rd century BC and for hundreds of years has been built up by successive leaders to defend against threats from nomadic tribes. But natural erosion the footsteps of millions of visitors have taken a toll on the globally recognised historical site which is crumbling in many areas.

Photographer tries to preserve China’s Great Wall heritage with focus on crumbling sections
Tracking the massive impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the world’s airline industry in early 2020

The novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019,  and took only a few months to spread into a global pandemic. Health experts say modern advanced transport including air travel has greatly increased the pace of the pandemic. Though governments around the world imposed lockdowns, isolations and quarantines for travellers, such measures also had a devastating impact on the global economy and many industries including aviation. Airline tracking site Flight Radar 24 documented a massive reduction in the number of aircraft flying around the world, and the International Air Transport Association predicts that air traffic in 2020 may fall by at least 38 per cent. What do the numbers tell us about the future for global aviation? 

16 Apr 2020 - 3:27PM

The novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019,  and took only a few months to spread into a global pandemic. Health experts say modern advanced transport including air travel has greatly increased the pace of the pandemic. Though governments around the world imposed lockdowns, isolations and quarantines for travellers, such measures also had a devastating impact on the global economy and many industries including aviation. Airline tracking site Flight Radar 24 documented a massive reduction in the number of aircraft flying around the world, and the International Air Transport Association predicts that air traffic in 2020 may fall by at least 38 per cent. What do the numbers tell us about the future for global aviation? 

Tracking the massive impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the world’s airline industry in early 2020
Hong Kong can withstand fiscal woes amid Covid-19 pandemic, says city's financial secretary

Hong Kong’s government has unveiled its most expensive coronavirus financial relief package so far, earmarking HK$137.5 billion (US$18 billion) to save failing businesses in the city. The financial secretary of Hong Kong Paul Chan Mo-po told the South China Morning Post in an interview on April 15, 2020 that he is “very confident to withstand any financial attack” even if the government is digging deep into its fiscal reserves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

16 Apr 2020 - 11:31AM

Hong Kong’s government has unveiled its most expensive coronavirus financial relief package so far, earmarking HK$137.5 billion (US$18 billion) to save failing businesses in the city. The financial secretary of Hong Kong Paul Chan Mo-po told the South China Morning Post in an interview on April 15, 2020 that he is “very confident to withstand any financial attack” even if the government is digging deep into its fiscal reserves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong can withstand fiscal woes amid Covid-19 pandemic, says city's financial secretary
Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s Christians celebrate Easter Sunday from home as churches stay empty

Easter Sunday is the one of the holiest days of the year in the Christian calendar. Pastors  normally deliver sermons to packed church halls. But this year, many Churches around the world remain empty because of the coronavirus pandemic, as priests hold services online to allow the faithful to celebrate at home. Hong Kong’s normally busy St John’s Cathedral is eerily silent and smaller churches have arranged to livestream masses online.

15 Apr 2020 - 12:29PM

Easter Sunday is the one of the holiest days of the year in the Christian calendar. Pastors  normally deliver sermons to packed church halls. But this year, many Churches around the world remain empty because of the coronavirus pandemic, as priests hold services online to allow the faithful to celebrate at home. Hong Kong’s normally busy St John’s Cathedral is eerily silent and smaller churches have arranged to livestream masses online.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s Christians celebrate Easter Sunday from home as churches stay empty
Wuhan man recounts struggles after father and pregnant wife contract Covid-19

The Chinese city of Wuhan was the initial epicentre of what is now a global pandemic caused by the deadly new coronavirus. There were more than 50,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 2,574 fatalities recorded by China’s health authorities as of April 9, 2020. The city resumed daily life after a lockdown of 76 days. 

9 Apr 2020 - 5:01PM

The Chinese city of Wuhan was the initial epicentre of what is now a global pandemic caused by the deadly new coronavirus. There were more than 50,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 2,574 fatalities recorded by China’s health authorities as of April 9, 2020. The city resumed daily life after a lockdown of 76 days. 

Wuhan man recounts struggles after father and pregnant wife contract Covid-19
Domestic helpers in Hong Kong pitch in to try and stop the spread of coronavirus in the city

Each weekend, Hong Kong’s Central district normally is crowded with hundreds of thousands of domestic helpers who gather there on their days off. But as the city tries to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19, new government rules ban gatherings of more than four people in public places, roads and parks. The heart of the city has now fallen silent on weekends as the workers, many from the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, follow the guidelines. Other domestic helpers are responding by changing their routines. Eden Marciano, a member of the Filipino dragon boat team, adapted schedules so team members do strength training in smaller groups rather than all together.

7 Apr 2020 - 3:24PM

Each weekend, Hong Kong’s Central district normally is crowded with hundreds of thousands of domestic helpers who gather there on their days off. But as the city tries to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19, new government rules ban gatherings of more than four people in public places, roads and parks. The heart of the city has now fallen silent on weekends as the workers, many from the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, follow the guidelines. Other domestic helpers are responding by changing their routines. Eden Marciano, a member of the Filipino dragon boat team, adapted schedules so team members do strength training in smaller groups rather than all together.

Domestic helpers in Hong Kong pitch in to try and stop the spread of coronavirus in the city
The volunteers in the US making protective equipment to help struggling health care workers

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to infect hundreds of thousands in the United States, some average citizens are volunteering to help make personal protective equipment for medical workers, including masks and face shields which are in short supply in many hospitals. One of the volunteers is Thomas Cheng, who spoke with others making equipment in the US state of Maryland, creating a video he hopes will encourage others to pitch in and help.

2 Apr 2020 - 7:29PM

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to infect hundreds of thousands in the United States, some average citizens are volunteering to help make personal protective equipment for medical workers, including masks and face shields which are in short supply in many hospitals. One of the volunteers is Thomas Cheng, who spoke with others making equipment in the US state of Maryland, creating a video he hopes will encourage others to pitch in and help.

The volunteers in the US making protective equipment to help struggling health care workers
Hong Kong police put social-distancing rules to test at protesters’ monthly gathering

Hong Kong police used new rules limiting public groups to stop people from gathering outside the subway station in Prince Edward for a monthly event held by the anti-government protest movement on March 31, 2020.

1 Apr 2020 - 2:21PM

Hong Kong police used new rules limiting public groups to stop people from gathering outside the subway station in Prince Edward for a monthly event held by the anti-government protest movement on March 31, 2020.

Hong Kong police put social-distancing rules to test at protesters’ monthly gathering
Police, public clash as border reopens between coronavirus epicentre Hubei and Jiangxi province

Chinese police officers from two different provinces clashed with each other and members of the public on March 27, 2020 in a dispute over the reopening of a provincial border, following weeks of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

29 Mar 2020 - 9:07PM

Chinese police officers from two different provinces clashed with each other and members of the public on March 27, 2020 in a dispute over the reopening of a provincial border, following weeks of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Police, public clash as border reopens between coronavirus epicentre Hubei and Jiangxi province
Coronavirus: What has Hong Kong learned that can help the world fight the Covid-19 pandemic?

In 2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) killed 300 people in Hong Kong, causing  deep psychological scars for many city residents. Now 17 years later, those Hongkongers are recalling the lessons learned from Sars as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Those lessons are reflected in the policies being introduced by local authorities, and in the way ordinary people in the city are working to maintain personal hygiene.

23 Mar 2020 - 1:53PM

In 2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) killed 300 people in Hong Kong, causing  deep psychological scars for many city residents. Now 17 years later, those Hongkongers are recalling the lessons learned from Sars as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Those lessons are reflected in the policies being introduced by local authorities, and in the way ordinary people in the city are working to maintain personal hygiene.

Coronavirus: What has Hong Kong learned that can help the world fight the Covid-19 pandemic?
Hong Kong secondary students learn online amid coronavirus fears

The coronavirus outbreak has kept Hong Kong schools closed since the Lunar New Year holiday, which ended on February 3. This will last until at least April 20. HKUGA College has resorted to teaching Chinese, maths, science and even physical education online.

16 Mar 2020 - 11:14AM

The coronavirus outbreak has kept Hong Kong schools closed since the Lunar New Year holiday, which ended on February 3. This will last until at least April 20. HKUGA College has resorted to teaching Chinese, maths, science and even physical education online.

Hong Kong secondary students learn online amid coronavirus fears
Fang Bin is second Chinese citizen journalist to vanish while reporting from coronavirus epicentre

Citizen journalist Fang Bin who was reporting from the epidemic epicentre in Wuhan has disappeared, according to his friends and activists.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:08PM

Citizen journalist Fang Bin who was reporting from the epidemic epicentre in Wuhan has disappeared, according to his friends and activists.

Fang Bin is second Chinese citizen journalist to vanish while reporting from coronavirus epicentre
Coronavirus: Wuhan family struggles to get confirmation of infections and receive treatment

The Chinese city of Wuhan is ground zero for the new coronavirus that has caused a global health emergency. The city has been on lockdown since January 23, 2020. 

2 Feb 2020 - 2:38PM

The Chinese city of Wuhan is ground zero for the new coronavirus that has caused a global health emergency. The city has been on lockdown since January 23, 2020. 

Coronavirus: Wuhan family struggles to get confirmation of infections and receive treatment
Hong Kong food trucks demand policy changes to save their businesses

Hong Kong’s grand plan to spice up the street food scene with food trucks has largely been a flop. Sixteen vehicles joined the scheme when it launched in 2017, but operators say they are barely able to make a profit because of regulations on where they can park and sell their food. The mobile eateries are confined to eight locations on a two-week rotation.

1 Feb 2020 - 8:00AM

Hong Kong’s grand plan to spice up the street food scene with food trucks has largely been a flop. Sixteen vehicles joined the scheme when it launched in 2017, but operators say they are barely able to make a profit because of regulations on where they can park and sell their food. The mobile eateries are confined to eight locations on a two-week rotation.

Hong Kong food trucks demand policy changes to save their businesses
Tear gas and arrests as Hong Kong rally for universal suffrage descends into chaos

Tear gas was fired in Hong Kong after police shut down a rally for universal suffrage in the city’s business district on Sunday, January 19, when two plain-clothes officers were assaulted by hard-core protesters amid the chaos. Thousands took part in the police-approved demonstration to demand electoral reform for September’s legislative election and urge the international community to impose sanctions on the city government if their calls were snubbed. But it descended into mayhem when police declared the rally over after skirmishes between protesters and officers nearby.

19 Jan 2020 - 9:16PM

Tear gas was fired in Hong Kong after police shut down a rally for universal suffrage in the city’s business district on Sunday, January 19, when two plain-clothes officers were assaulted by hard-core protesters amid the chaos. Thousands took part in the police-approved demonstration to demand electoral reform for September’s legislative election and urge the international community to impose sanctions on the city government if their calls were snubbed. But it descended into mayhem when police declared the rally over after skirmishes between protesters and officers nearby.

Tear gas and arrests as Hong Kong rally for universal suffrage descends into chaos
Kidnapped: the Chinese parents desperately searching for missing children

While China has no official national statistics on the number of missing children in the country, Baobeihuijia, the biggest non-governmental organisation dealing with such cases has received nearly 36,000 reports since 1978. It is feared that the actual number of missing children in China may be much higher. 

14 Jan 2020 - 6:00PM

While China has no official national statistics on the number of missing children in the country, Baobeihuijia, the biggest non-governmental organisation dealing with such cases has received nearly 36,000 reports since 1978. It is feared that the actual number of missing children in China may be much higher. 

Kidnapped: the Chinese parents desperately searching for missing children
Beijing and Hong Kong protesters react to Tsai Ing-wen’s win in Taiwan presidential election

Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing will not change its position that Taiwan is part of China, after pro-independence party candidate President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election. Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office also said the country opposes any acts for Taiwan independence.

12 Jan 2020 - 9:27PM

Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing will not change its position that Taiwan is part of China, after pro-independence party candidate President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election. Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office also said the country opposes any acts for Taiwan independence.

Beijing and Hong Kong protesters react to Tsai Ing-wen’s win in Taiwan presidential election
Hong Kong New Year’s Day march cut short, descends into chaos

An approved New Year’s Day march from Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to Chater Road in Central was abruptly cut short by police three hours after it began, as violence broke out on the sidelines. 

2 Jan 2020 - 1:41AM

An approved New Year’s Day march from Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to Chater Road in Central was abruptly cut short by police three hours after it began, as violence broke out on the sidelines. 

Hong Kong New Year’s Day march cut short, descends into chaos
New Year’s Eve protests in Hong Kong

Hong Kong rang in the new year with muted celebrations and anti-government protesters taking to the streets across the city, while police were out in force to prevent chaos.

1 Jan 2020 - 4:23AM

Hong Kong rang in the new year with muted celebrations and anti-government protesters taking to the streets across the city, while police were out in force to prevent chaos.

New Year’s Eve protests in Hong Kong
Thousands gather in rain for peaceful anti-government rally in downtown Hong Kong

A rally was organised in support of the anti-government movement in downtown Hong Kong on December 29, 2019. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the rain to listen to speeches and roll out a giant banner with the key events of the past 6 months of protests.

29 Dec 2019 - 9:12PM

A rally was organised in support of the anti-government movement in downtown Hong Kong on December 29, 2019. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the rain to listen to speeches and roll out a giant banner with the key events of the past 6 months of protests.

Thousands gather in rain for peaceful anti-government rally in downtown Hong Kong
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
What does ‘one country, two systems’ mean?

“One country, two systems” is the arrangement under which China rules Hong Kong. 

18 Dec 2019 - 7:13PM

“One country, two systems” is the arrangement under which China rules Hong Kong. 

What does ‘one country, two systems’ mean?
Hundreds of thousands joined Hong Kong’s first march approved by police since August

Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the street on December 8, 2019, the day before the six-month anniversary of the anti-government protests. For the first time since August, the Civil Human Rights Front, the organiser of the march, received a letter of no objection from the police.

9 Dec 2019 - 12:06AM

Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the street on December 8, 2019, the day before the six-month anniversary of the anti-government protests. For the first time since August, the Civil Human Rights Front, the organiser of the march, received a letter of no objection from the police.

Hundreds of thousands joined Hong Kong’s first march approved by police since August