Thomas Yau

Thomas Yau is the Post's Shanghai video correspondent. He joined the SCMP in 2011 as a junior photographer. He holds a MSJ degree in documentary journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois and a bachelor's degree in international journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University.
Thomas Yau
Thomas Yau is the Post's Shanghai video correspondent. He joined the SCMP in 2011 as a junior photographer. He holds a MSJ degree in documentary journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois and a bachelor's degree in international journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Hundreds of anti-government protesters storm Hong Kong legislature on anniversary of handover to China

Tensions over the Hong Kong government's contentious extradition bill reached new heights on July 1, 2019, as hundreds of protesters stormed the city's legislature. It followed clashes with police earlier in the day, and coincided with an annual protest march on the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China.

2 Jul 2019 - 2:16AM

Tensions over the Hong Kong government's contentious extradition bill reached new heights on July 1, 2019, as hundreds of protesters stormed the city's legislature. It followed clashes with police earlier in the day, and coincided with an annual protest march on the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters storm Hong Kong legislature on anniversary of handover to China
Clashes between anti-extradition bill protesters and Hong Kong police as July 1 handover ceremony begins with sober flag-raising

A tense stand-off between anti-extradition bill protesters and police in riot gear led to several clashes early on July 1, 2019, as Hong Kong marked the former British colony’s 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. 

1 Jul 2019 - 11:31AM

A tense stand-off between anti-extradition bill protesters and police in riot gear led to several clashes early on July 1, 2019, as Hong Kong marked the former British colony’s 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. 

Clashes between anti-extradition bill protesters and Hong Kong police as July 1 handover ceremony begins with sober flag-raising
‘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
Sixteen years after his death, Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung lives on in Chengdu cafe

Autographed portraits, vinyl records and posters of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing adorn the walls of a back-alley cafe on Chunxi Road in Chengdu in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan.

31 May 2019 - 6:10PM

Autographed portraits, vinyl records and posters of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing adorn the walls of a back-alley cafe on Chunxi Road in Chengdu in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan.

Sixteen years after his death, Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung lives on in Chengdu cafe
Chinese 5G remote-control system takes the wheel at Shanghai Auto Show

A remote-control system that uses advanced 5G mobile networks to operate a car has taken pole position in the race for attention at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

18 Apr 2019 - 3:47PM

A remote-control system that uses advanced 5G mobile networks to operate a car has taken pole position in the race for attention at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

Chinese 5G remote-control system takes the wheel at Shanghai Auto Show
Company aims to monetise China’s social credit system

China is developing a  controversial social credit system of rewards and punishments meant to encourage people and businesses to abide by rules and to promote integrity and trustworthiness in society at large.

25 Mar 2019 - 8:08PM

China is developing a  controversial social credit system of rewards and punishments meant to encourage people and businesses to abide by rules and to promote integrity and trustworthiness in society at large.

Company aims to monetise China’s social credit system
President Xi's ‘Little Red App’

A slick tool for teaching “Xi Jinping Thought” has become the most popular smartphone app in China. The country’s ruling Communist Party launched the app as part of a new campaign calling on its cadres to immerse themselves in political doctrine every day.

20 Mar 2019 - 2:04PM

A slick tool for teaching “Xi Jinping Thought” has become the most popular smartphone app in China. The country’s ruling Communist Party launched the app as part of a new campaign calling on its cadres to immerse themselves in political doctrine every day.

President Xi's ‘Little Red App’
Five years on, families of missing MH370 passengers still seek answers

Five years since Malaysia Airlines’ MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, Jiang Hui is still looking for any trace of his mother. She was among 239 people on board the plane when it vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to the Chinese capital Beijing.

8 Mar 2019 - 3:43PM

Five years since Malaysia Airlines’ MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, Jiang Hui is still looking for any trace of his mother. She was among 239 people on board the plane when it vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to the Chinese capital Beijing.

Five years on, families of missing MH370 passengers still seek answers
Classic Shanghai neighbourhood existing on borrowed time

Behind the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai, a significant link to the Chinese city’s pre-colonial urban heritage has survived in the Laoximen neighbourhood. Once the location of the west gate of the former walled city, the area’s history dates back 500 years and is home to some of the last examples of colonial buildings from Shanghai’s first time as an exclusive foreign trade port. Redevelopment has steadily chipped away at Laoximen, with the latest plan poised to erase the northern part of the neighbourhood.

4 Mar 2019 - 12:40PM

Behind the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai, a significant link to the Chinese city’s pre-colonial urban heritage has survived in the Laoximen neighbourhood. Once the location of the west gate of the former walled city, the area’s history dates back 500 years and is home to some of the last examples of colonial buildings from Shanghai’s first time as an exclusive foreign trade port. Redevelopment has steadily chipped away at Laoximen, with the latest plan poised to erase the northern part of the neighbourhood.

Classic Shanghai neighbourhood existing on borrowed time
China’s latest music sensation : Virtual idol Luo Tianyi

From an outsider’s point of view, Luo Tianyi is just a hologram. But in the eyes of her fans, she is their daughter or wife.

2 Mar 2019 - 6:01AM

From an outsider’s point of view, Luo Tianyi is just a hologram. But in the eyes of her fans, she is their daughter or wife.

China’s latest music sensation : Virtual idol Luo Tianyi
Seeking stardom: life inside China’s largest film studio

Hengdian in the centre of China’s eastern province of Zhejiang attracts an endless stream of aspiring actors with dreams of making it big in the movie business. Aspiring actors have high expectations when they arrive at Hengdian World Studios, the largest film-production centre in China. But for many, fame proves elusive, and they must settle for roles as extras or abandon their dreams to find work elsewhere.

19 Feb 2019 - 4:56PM

Hengdian in the centre of China’s eastern province of Zhejiang attracts an endless stream of aspiring actors with dreams of making it big in the movie business. Aspiring actors have high expectations when they arrive at Hengdian World Studios, the largest film-production centre in China. But for many, fame proves elusive, and they must settle for roles as extras or abandon their dreams to find work elsewhere.

Seeking stardom: life inside China’s largest film studio
China’s battle for blue skies takes toll on rural life

The Chinese government has been implementing aggressive measures to curb air pollution around the nation. But efforts to reduce have yet to clear skies in many areas, and often have a negative impact on the livelihoods of people in rural.  

23 Jan 2019 - 2:10PM

The Chinese government has been implementing aggressive measures to curb air pollution around the nation. But efforts to reduce have yet to clear skies in many areas, and often have a negative impact on the livelihoods of people in rural.  

China’s battle for blue skies takes toll on rural life
Inside China’s largest film studio

The town of Hengdian in eastern China’s Zhejiang province has been called the Hollywood of China. It is home to China’s largest film studio, which produces more than 1,800 movies and TV series each year, and census figures show a quarter of the town’s population are actors. But after a two decade boom, business is slowing down in Hengdian, because of a government crackdown on corruption within the film industry.

1 Jan 2019 - 11:44AM

The town of Hengdian in eastern China’s Zhejiang province has been called the Hollywood of China. It is home to China’s largest film studio, which produces more than 1,800 movies and TV series each year, and census figures show a quarter of the town’s population are actors. But after a two decade boom, business is slowing down in Hengdian, because of a government crackdown on corruption within the film industry.

Inside China’s largest film studio
A city wakes a country: The first Hong Kong entrepreneurs in mainland China

When China opened up to foreign investment 40 years ago, Yip Kwok-wah and Wu Suk-ching were among the first businessmen from British-ruled Hong Kong to establish enterprises in mainland China.

23 Nov 2018 - 8:02AM

When China opened up to foreign investment 40 years ago, Yip Kwok-wah and Wu Suk-ching were among the first businessmen from British-ruled Hong Kong to establish enterprises in mainland China.

A city wakes a country: The first Hong Kong entrepreneurs in mainland China
Abandoned Shanghai quarry now a 5-star underground hotel

Having conquered the skies with the world’s second tallest building, Shanghai has added to its list of architectural marvels with a luxury hotel built in an abandoned quarry 88 metres deep.

21 Nov 2018 - 2:58PM

Having conquered the skies with the world’s second tallest building, Shanghai has added to its list of architectural marvels with a luxury hotel built in an abandoned quarry 88 metres deep.

Abandoned Shanghai quarry now a 5-star underground hotel
Furnish an entire apartment in China via a smartphone

Online shopping has grown so big in China that everything is just a click away. But is it possible to furnish an entire apartment from your smartphone?
 

21 Nov 2018 - 3:01PM

Online shopping has grown so big in China that everything is just a click away. But is it possible to furnish an entire apartment from your smartphone?
 

Furnish an entire apartment in China via a smartphone
Despite trade war, US companies still keen on Chinese market

Despite no end in sight to the US-China trade war, over 100 US companies flocked to the first China International Import Expo to showcase their products to Chinese buyers.

21 Nov 2018 - 3:03PM

Despite no end in sight to the US-China trade war, over 100 US companies flocked to the first China International Import Expo to showcase their products to Chinese buyers.

Despite trade war, US companies still keen on Chinese market
The first China International Import Expo opens

Amid the escalating trade war with the US, China opens its first import expo and reassures the world of its commitment to opening up its economy.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Amid the escalating trade war with the US, China opens its first import expo and reassures the world of its commitment to opening up its economy.

The first China International Import Expo opens
Why hairy crab is all the craze in China

Hairy crab is an autumn delicacy in China. But what makes this small crab with furry pincers so popular?

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Hairy crab is an autumn delicacy in China. But what makes this small crab with furry pincers so popular?

Why hairy crab is all the craze in China
Beijing's plan to dominate artificial intelligence technology

China wants to accelerate its artificial intelligence efforts and catch up with the rest of the world by 2020.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

China wants to accelerate its artificial intelligence efforts and catch up with the rest of the world by 2020.

Beijing's plan to dominate artificial intelligence technology
Meet the Shanghai barber who cuts the hair of James Harden and Tracy McGrady

Allen Wu is only 22 years old but has already cut the hair of several NBA stars.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Allen Wu is only 22 years old but has already cut the hair of several NBA stars.

Meet the Shanghai barber who cuts the hair of James Harden and Tracy McGrady
Xiaolongbao : Shanghai dumplings made the old fashioned way

Wanshouzai has been around for at least six decades, but how does a restaurant stand the test of time in modern Shanghai?

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Wanshouzai has been around for at least six decades, but how does a restaurant stand the test of time in modern Shanghai?

Xiaolongbao : Shanghai dumplings made the old fashioned way
Inside the Egghouse in Shanghai, a “Museum” created for getting likes on social media
The last performance: Mong Kok pedestrian zone closes after 18 years

For nearly two decades, a 500-metre stretch of Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district served as a stage for amateur singers, musicians, dancers and other street performers. The street was closed off to traffic on weekends to accommodate the thousands of people who flocked to the lively pedestrian zone, which became a go-to destination for tourists as well as locals. But the government’s decision to close the Mong Kok pedestrian zone due to increasing complaints by residents means these performers now have to find a new stage. Chan Kim-hung and Jacqueline Lau spent seven years singing on Sai Yeung Choi Street South. This is the story of their last weekend performing in Mong Kok.

3 Aug 2018 - 10:38AM

For nearly two decades, a 500-metre stretch of Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district served as a stage for amateur singers, musicians, dancers and other street performers. The street was closed off to traffic on weekends to accommodate the thousands of people who flocked to the lively pedestrian zone, which became a go-to destination for tourists as well as locals. But the government’s decision to close the Mong Kok pedestrian zone due to increasing complaints by residents means these performers now have to find a new stage. Chan Kim-hung and Jacqueline Lau spent seven years singing on Sai Yeung Choi Street South. This is the story of their last weekend performing in Mong Kok.

The last performance: Mong Kok pedestrian zone closes after 18 years
Acrobat’s Michael Jackson dance one of the performances you won’t see in Mong Kok anymore

For nearly 20 years, Mong Kok’s famous pedestrian zone was known for its street performers, ranging from singers to dancers to acrobats. But it all came to an end on July 29 when the government shut down the zone after complaints from residents about overflowing crowds and noise.

30 Jul 2018 - 6:07PM

For nearly 20 years, Mong Kok’s famous pedestrian zone was known for its street performers, ranging from singers to dancers to acrobats. But it all came to an end on July 29 when the government shut down the zone after complaints from residents about overflowing crowds and noise.

Acrobat’s Michael Jackson dance one of the performances you won’t see in Mong Kok anymore
How three brothers created Singapore’s hottest salted egg snack

Irvins Salted Egg's salted egg potato chips and salted egg fish skin are a big hit among Singaporeans as well as Hong Kong tourists.

30 Jul 2018 - 10:07AM

Irvins Salted Egg's salted egg potato chips and salted egg fish skin are a big hit among Singaporeans as well as Hong Kong tourists.

How three brothers created Singapore’s hottest salted egg snack
Hong Kong lawmakers quizzed on Greater Bay Area

China’s Greater Bay Area is a central government plan to create a giant economic hub by integrating 11 cities in the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong is among the cities included in the scheme, but how much do lawmakers in the city know about it? SCMP quizzed five of them.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

China’s Greater Bay Area is a central government plan to create a giant economic hub by integrating 11 cities in the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong is among the cities included in the scheme, but how much do lawmakers in the city know about it? SCMP quizzed five of them.

Hong Kong lawmakers quizzed on Greater Bay Area
Li Ka-shing’s final speech to graduating students

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing gave a graduation ceremony speech for the final time on June 29 in his role as honorary chairman of Shantou University. Li, who turns 90 in July, helped found the university in 1981 but will pass the reins to his youngest son, Richard Li Tzar-kai, as he withdraws from public life.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing gave a graduation ceremony speech for the final time on June 29 in his role as honorary chairman of Shantou University. Li, who turns 90 in July, helped found the university in 1981 but will pass the reins to his youngest son, Richard Li Tzar-kai, as he withdraws from public life.

Li Ka-shing’s final speech to graduating students
Hong Kong’s MTR by the numbers

Hong Kong's Mass Rail Transit (MTR) system is considered one of the best in the world, moving the equivalent to more than half of Hong Kong's population around the city every day, all within a matter of minutes. Here are a few facts and figures about the MTR and how it's evolved over the years.

23 Jul 2018 - 8:08PM

Hong Kong's Mass Rail Transit (MTR) system is considered one of the best in the world, moving the equivalent to more than half of Hong Kong's population around the city every day, all within a matter of minutes. Here are a few facts and figures about the MTR and how it's evolved over the years.

Hong Kong’s MTR by the numbers
Two killed, two injured in Quarry Bay shooting

Four elderly siblings were shot in a Hong Kong park on Tuesday afternoon, in an attack that left two dead and two wounded.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Four elderly siblings were shot in a Hong Kong park on Tuesday afternoon, in an attack that left two dead and two wounded.

Two killed, two injured in Quarry Bay shooting