Snow Xia

Snow Xia

Graduate trainee on editorial team

Snow Xia joined the South China Morning Post in 2019. Prior to this, she produced documentary videos for Boston Channel 5 (Hearst Television) in the United States. She graduated with a Master’s in journalism from Boston University and a Bachelor's in finance from Kean University.

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Disney to close theme parks in Japan for two weeks amid coronavirus epidemic

Disney’s two theme parks in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, are closing down from February 29 to March 15, 2020. The temporary closure of the venues near the Japanese capital Tokyo are in response to government measures meant to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

28 Feb 2020 - 8:49PM

Disney’s two theme parks in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, are closing down from February 29 to March 15, 2020. The temporary closure of the venues near the Japanese capital Tokyo are in response to government measures meant to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Disney to close theme parks in Japan for two weeks amid coronavirus epidemic
3D printouts of plant-based meat could become alternative food for world’s population

The Spanish firm Novameat has developed technology to recreate the appearance and texture of real beef steak, by feeding plant-based ingredients into a 3D printer. The company hopes the convincing appearance will help the product  become an accepted sustainable alternative to meat to feed the world’s population.

28 Feb 2020 - 3:00AM

The Spanish firm Novameat has developed technology to recreate the appearance and texture of real beef steak, by feeding plant-based ingredients into a 3D printer. The company hopes the convincing appearance will help the product  become an accepted sustainable alternative to meat to feed the world’s population.

3D printouts of plant-based meat could become alternative food for world’s population
Coronavirus: China steps up use of robots to fight Covid-19 epidemic

Engineers involved in China’s artificial intelligence industry who have been developing “smart” robots are trying to come up with ways to use the devices to help fight the Covid-19 epidemic. While some of the robots are blasting the deadly coronavirus that causes the disease, others are being deployed in hospitals, hotels or on the streets to support human health workers and sanitation teams.

27 Feb 2020 - 4:29PM

Engineers involved in China’s artificial intelligence industry who have been developing “smart” robots are trying to come up with ways to use the devices to help fight the Covid-19 epidemic. While some of the robots are blasting the deadly coronavirus that causes the disease, others are being deployed in hospitals, hotels or on the streets to support human health workers and sanitation teams.

Coronavirus: China steps up use of robots to fight Covid-19 epidemic
China orders complete ban on trade in wildlife for food to combat coronavirus epidemic

China has ordered a complete ban on trade and consumption of wild animals as the nation struggles to control the spread of the coronavirus behind the Covid-19 epidemic. The wild animal trade is a multibillion dollar industry in China, and employs millions of people. 

26 Feb 2020 - 12:20AM

China has ordered a complete ban on trade and consumption of wild animals as the nation struggles to control the spread of the coronavirus behind the Covid-19 epidemic. The wild animal trade is a multibillion dollar industry in China, and employs millions of people. 

China orders complete ban on trade in wildlife for food to combat coronavirus epidemic
Kissing through masks, couples go ahead with annual mass wedding in the Philippines

More than 200 couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony in the central Philippines on February 20, 2020. The event went ahead despite concerns about the global coronavirus epidemic, as the newlyweds kissed each other with masks in place after exchanging vows.

25 Feb 2020 - 3:00AM

More than 200 couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony in the central Philippines on February 20, 2020. The event went ahead despite concerns about the global coronavirus epidemic, as the newlyweds kissed each other with masks in place after exchanging vows.

Kissing through masks, couples go ahead with annual mass wedding in the Philippines
K-drama actress Han Hyo-joo’s best TV and film roles as she turns 33

South Korean film and television actress Han Hyo-joo celebrates her 33rd birthday today. She is best known for her TV roles in Spring Waltz and W, and for starring in the film Cold Eyes, for which she won a best actress award.

22 Feb 2020 - 9:15AM

South Korean film and television actress Han Hyo-joo celebrates her 33rd birthday today. She is best known for her TV roles in Spring Waltz and W, and for starring in the film Cold Eyes, for which she won a best actress award.

K-drama actress Han Hyo-joo’s best TV and film roles as she turns 33
Bowie Tsang: how the Taiwanese TV host, singer, actress and daughter of Eric Tsang made her mark as she turns 47

Bowie Tsang may have a prominent father, Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang, but she is famous in her own right for being a well-respected TV host, singer, actress and author. We look back on her career.

21 Feb 2020 - 3:30AM

Bowie Tsang may have a prominent father, Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang, but she is famous in her own right for being a well-respected TV host, singer, actress and author. We look back on her career.

Bowie Tsang: how the Taiwanese TV host, singer, actress and daughter of Eric Tsang made her mark as she turns 47
K-drama actor Kim Soo-hyun – his five best roles as he celebrates his 32nd birthday

My Love from the Star made Kim Soo-hyun a household name in Asia, while Dream High gave him his big break in South Korea. Also seen in The Producers, Kim has notably played an ancient Korean royal and a North Korean spy.

16 Feb 2020 - 7:53AM

My Love from the Star made Kim Soo-hyun a household name in Asia, while Dream High gave him his big break in South Korea. Also seen in The Producers, Kim has notably played an ancient Korean royal and a North Korean spy.

K-drama actor Kim Soo-hyun – his five best roles as he celebrates his 32nd birthday
Michelle Ye Xuan, Chinese actress, producer and beauty queen, is fulfilled as she turns 40

Chinese actress Michelle Ye Xuan turns 40 today – here’s a look back at her life and career, from her beginning as a beauty pageant winner to legendary wuxia actress to starring in a series she adapted from a book she read.

14 Feb 2020 - 10:31AM

Chinese actress Michelle Ye Xuan turns 40 today – here’s a look back at her life and career, from her beginning as a beauty pageant winner to legendary wuxia actress to starring in a series she adapted from a book she read.

Michelle Ye Xuan, Chinese actress, producer and beauty queen, is fulfilled as she turns 40
Han Geng: how China’s first K-pop star went from Super Junior to the silver screen and beyond

Han Geng joined K-pop super group Super Junior and debuted in South Korea in 2005. They played in China in 2008, where Han became a household name. After leaving his label, Han started a solo singing career and got into film.

8 Feb 2020 - 1:00PM

Han Geng joined K-pop super group Super Junior and debuted in South Korea in 2005. They played in China in 2008, where Han became a household name. After leaving his label, Han started a solo singing career and got into film.

Han Geng: how China’s first K-pop star went from Super Junior to the silver screen and beyond
Hong Kong sets up coronavirus quarantine centres at two holiday villages

Hong Kong has designated two holiday camps as quarantine centres for a new strain of coronavirus that has infected hundreds in mainland China. The city is currently dealing with two confirmed cases. The camps are intended to monitor individuals who may have had contact with carriers of the virus.

24 Jan 2020 - 5:46PM

Hong Kong has designated two holiday camps as quarantine centres for a new strain of coronavirus that has infected hundreds in mainland China. The city is currently dealing with two confirmed cases. The camps are intended to monitor individuals who may have had contact with carriers of the virus.

Hong Kong sets up coronavirus quarantine centres at two holiday villages
Transgender soldier discharged from South Korea’s military

Staff Sgt Byun Hee-soo is a transgender soldier in South Korea’s military who was registered as male at birth, and entered service as a man. After going through sex reassignment surgery last November, the military discharged her, claiming she had violated regulations.

23 Jan 2020 - 9:19PM

Staff Sgt Byun Hee-soo is a transgender soldier in South Korea’s military who was registered as male at birth, and entered service as a man. After going through sex reassignment surgery last November, the military discharged her, claiming she had violated regulations.

Transgender soldier discharged from South Korea’s military
China coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms first infection as Beijing officials warn disease could mutate

Hong Kong confirmed its first infected case of a new coronavirus on January 22, 2020. The patient was a tourist from the Chinese mainland who arrived on a high-speed train and had been to Wuhan, the city in central China that is the epicentre of the outbreak. Chinese health authorities have also announced that the virus appears to be spreading mainly through respiratory transmission and is likely to mutate, which could increase risks of a wider epidemic. 

22 Jan 2020 - 9:54PM

Hong Kong confirmed its first infected case of a new coronavirus on January 22, 2020. The patient was a tourist from the Chinese mainland who arrived on a high-speed train and had been to Wuhan, the city in central China that is the epicentre of the outbreak. Chinese health authorities have also announced that the virus appears to be spreading mainly through respiratory transmission and is likely to mutate, which could increase risks of a wider epidemic. 

China coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms first infection as Beijing officials warn disease could mutate
Disabled Chinese man makes artificial limbs for himself and others

When he lost his forearms in an accident in China at age 27, Sun Jifa was told that prosthetics he needed for daily life would cost more than he could afford. So he went ahead and found a way to make artificial limbs himself. He went on to develop his skills, and today the 66-year-old continues to manufacture cheap prosthetic limbs to disabled around the country from his hometown of Yongji in the province of Jilin

24 Jan 2020 - 3:19PM

When he lost his forearms in an accident in China at age 27, Sun Jifa was told that prosthetics he needed for daily life would cost more than he could afford. So he went ahead and found a way to make artificial limbs himself. He went on to develop his skills, and today the 66-year-old continues to manufacture cheap prosthetic limbs to disabled around the country from his hometown of Yongji in the province of Jilin

Disabled Chinese man makes artificial limbs for himself and others
Baby kangaroos rescued from bush fires

Some baby kangaroos unlucky enough to be caught up in Australia's recent bush fires have caught a break after they were rescued by a volunteer wildlife carer.  Laurie Carter has been spending money out of his own pocket to build a sanctuary for the animals, and investing plenty of time to nurse the animals back to health.

21 Jan 2020 - 3:00AM

Some baby kangaroos unlucky enough to be caught up in Australia's recent bush fires have caught a break after they were rescued by a volunteer wildlife carer.  Laurie Carter has been spending money out of his own pocket to build a sanctuary for the animals, and investing plenty of time to nurse the animals back to health.

Baby kangaroos rescued from bush fires
The team on a mission to count every mosque in Indonesia

A government team of 1,000 mosque hunters is travelling across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, to count how many mosques there are. Authorities said that this is not only for statistical purposes, but also a way to monitor radicalism. 

18 Jan 2020 - 3:45AM

A government team of 1,000 mosque hunters is travelling across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, to count how many mosques there are. Authorities said that this is not only for statistical purposes, but also a way to monitor radicalism. 

The team on a mission to count every mosque in Indonesia
Giant plastic interceptor tackles ‘floating landfill’ on Malaysia’s Klang River

A giant solar-powered barge has been deployed in Malaysia’s Klang River, one of the world’s most polluted waterways. The device will aim to sweep up tonnes of plastic waste before it can reach ocean waters. Environmental research indicates that most of the plastic pollution in the world’s ocean got there after floating down rivers.

17 Jan 2020 - 3:00AM

A giant solar-powered barge has been deployed in Malaysia’s Klang River, one of the world’s most polluted waterways. The device will aim to sweep up tonnes of plastic waste before it can reach ocean waters. Environmental research indicates that most of the plastic pollution in the world’s ocean got there after floating down rivers.

Giant plastic interceptor tackles ‘floating landfill’ on Malaysia’s Klang River
Japanese billionaire searches for ‘life partner’ for trip to the moon

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a single woman to fly with him to the moon on Elon Musk’s spaceship. The 44-year-old entrepreneur tweeted an invitation on January 12 for this opportunity which has caught global attention.

16 Jan 2020 - 4:47AM

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a single woman to fly with him to the moon on Elon Musk’s spaceship. The 44-year-old entrepreneur tweeted an invitation on January 12 for this opportunity which has caught global attention.

Japanese billionaire searches for ‘life partner’ for trip to the moon
200 venomous scorpions in Chinese man’s luggage seized in Sri Lanka

 A Chinese man caught trying to smuggle 200 venomous scorpions was fined 100,000 rupees (US$550) by Sri Lanka’s customs on January 13, 2020.

14 Jan 2020 - 8:40PM

 A Chinese man caught trying to smuggle 200 venomous scorpions was fined 100,000 rupees (US$550) by Sri Lanka’s customs on January 13, 2020.

200 venomous scorpions in Chinese man’s luggage seized in Sri Lanka
China’s PLA Rocket Force recruits ‘dog soldiers’

Dogs are being trained up for essential military roles in China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force. The branch of the PLA controls the nation's arsenal of land-based ballistic missiles. The dogs were recently put to the test in an intense exam to ensure they can handle everything from searches to salutes in their role as “best friends” to their handlers.

14 Jan 2020 - 5:20PM

Dogs are being trained up for essential military roles in China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force. The branch of the PLA controls the nation's arsenal of land-based ballistic missiles. The dogs were recently put to the test in an intense exam to ensure they can handle everything from searches to salutes in their role as “best friends” to their handlers.

China’s PLA Rocket Force recruits ‘dog soldiers’
Chinese piano factory worker discovers his natural keyboard talents

Dong Yu had never touched a piano before he was 19 years old and still can not read music scores. But over the years he has taught himself how to play, and now at age 42, he has become an online sensation after videos of him playing the piano went viral on Chinese social media.

10 Jan 2020 - 7:34PM

Dong Yu had never touched a piano before he was 19 years old and still can not read music scores. But over the years he has taught himself how to play, and now at age 42, he has become an online sensation after videos of him playing the piano went viral on Chinese social media.

Chinese piano factory worker discovers his natural keyboard talents
Filipino Catholics gather in Manila for ‘Black Nazarene’ procession

Catholic devotees filled the streets of the Philippine capital Manila on January 9, 2020, to take part in the “Black Nazarene” procession. During the annual event, the faithful try to touch a centuries-old, life-sized statue of Jesus Christ in hopes of gaining blessings.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:15PM

Catholic devotees filled the streets of the Philippine capital Manila on January 9, 2020, to take part in the “Black Nazarene” procession. During the annual event, the faithful try to touch a centuries-old, life-sized statue of Jesus Christ in hopes of gaining blessings.

Filipino Catholics gather in Manila for ‘Black Nazarene’ procession
World reacts to Iran’s missile strikes on US forces in Iraq

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated after Iran’s missile strikes on air bases housing US troops in Iraq on January 8, 2020. The attack was in retaliation for a US drone strike on January 3 that killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Governments around the world expressed their concern, and some called for restraint.

8 Jan 2020 - 11:27PM

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated after Iran’s missile strikes on air bases housing US troops in Iraq on January 8, 2020. The attack was in retaliation for a US drone strike on January 3 that killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Governments around the world expressed their concern, and some called for restraint.

World reacts to Iran’s missile strikes on US forces in Iraq
Tesla starts delivery of made-in-China cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand for the first deliveries of his company’s made-in-China Model 3 sedans in Shanghai. The January 7, 2020, rollout to consumers in the world’s largest automobile market was hailed as a milestone for the US carmaker’s global aspirations.

7 Jan 2020 - 10:09PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand for the first deliveries of his company’s made-in-China Model 3 sedans in Shanghai. The January 7, 2020, rollout to consumers in the world’s largest automobile market was hailed as a milestone for the US carmaker’s global aspirations.

Tesla starts delivery of made-in-China cars
World’s oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, celebrates her 117th birthday in Japan

Kane Tanaka, the world’s oldest living person, celebrated her 117th birthday at a nursing home in southern Japan. 

6 Jan 2020 - 8:21PM

Kane Tanaka, the world’s oldest living person, celebrated her 117th birthday at a nursing home in southern Japan. 

World’s oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, celebrates her 117th birthday in Japan
Thailand starts new year with plastic-bag ban at major stores

Thailand’s ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores went into effect on the first day of 2020, as part of the government’s long-term campaign to reduce ocean pollution.

3 Jan 2020 - 10:30PM

Thailand’s ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores went into effect on the first day of 2020, as part of the government’s long-term campaign to reduce ocean pollution.

Thailand starts new year with plastic-bag ban at major stores
Palau bans ‘reef-toxic’ sunscreens

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau on January 1, 2020 became the first country in the world to ban sunscreen that is toxic to coral reefs. It introduced the environmental measures to protect the large marine sanctuaries that surround its islands.

3 Jan 2020 - 2:26PM

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau on January 1, 2020 became the first country in the world to ban sunscreen that is toxic to coral reefs. It introduced the environmental measures to protect the large marine sanctuaries that surround its islands.

Palau bans ‘reef-toxic’ sunscreens
Falling temperatures turn north China outdoors into natural deep freeze

There’s no need for a refrigerator this winter in China’s northern Inner Mongolia autonomous region China, where freezing temperatures in late December 2019, turned the city of Hulunbuir into a cold and misty wonderland.

2 Jan 2020 - 4:41PM

There’s no need for a refrigerator this winter in China’s northern Inner Mongolia autonomous region China, where freezing temperatures in late December 2019, turned the city of Hulunbuir into a cold and misty wonderland.

Falling temperatures turn north China outdoors into natural deep freeze
The guardian of frozen Chagan lake

An old man works on a frozen lake, cooking meals for fishermen during the annual winter fishing season. A former fisherman himself, Zhang Cai now looks after 50 ice fishermen who spend 40 days a year on the ice.  The fishing method they use has existed for more than a thousand years.

1 Jan 2020 - 8:57PM

An old man works on a frozen lake, cooking meals for fishermen during the annual winter fishing season. A former fisherman himself, Zhang Cai now looks after 50 ice fishermen who spend 40 days a year on the ice.  The fishing method they use has existed for more than a thousand years.

The guardian of frozen Chagan lake
Ice dragon boat racing in China warms you up in winter

The emerging global sport of ice dragon boat racing came to Jinzhou, Liaoning Province on December 29.

30 Dec 2019 - 10:13PM

The emerging global sport of ice dragon boat racing came to Jinzhou, Liaoning Province on December 29.

Ice dragon boat racing in China warms you up in winter