Zhuang Pinghui

Based in Beijing, Zhuang Pinghui joined the Post in 2004 to report on China. She covers a range of issues including policy, healthcare, culture and society.
Zhuang Pinghui
Based in Beijing, Zhuang Pinghui joined the Post in 2004 to report on China. She covers a range of issues including policy, healthcare, culture and society.

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Chinese train operator apologises for asking doctor for medical licence after she treats passenger

Physician said she ‘felt terrible’ after she was questioned by conductor, while train company said ID check on volunteers was not their standard procedure.

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Chinese train operator apologises for asking doctor for medical licence after she treats passenger

Physician said she ‘felt terrible’ after she was questioned by conductor, while train company said ID check on volunteers was not their standard procedure.

Chinese woman narrowly escapes death after home-made IV drip … of fruit juice

Injection of liquid made from more than 20 kinds of fruit causes severe infection and liver, kidney and heart damage, leaving the 51-year-old in intensive care.

18 Mar 2019 - 4:21PM
Chinese woman narrowly escapes death after home-made IV drip … of fruit juice

Injection of liquid made from more than 20 kinds of fruit causes severe infection and liver, kidney and heart damage, leaving the 51-year-old in intensive care.

Chinese subway fashion police stop student in Goth-style make-up

Woman takes to Weibo to challenge Guangzhou Metro after one of its staff tells her to remove her lipstick and eyeshadow.

15 Mar 2019 - 9:15PM
Chinese subway fashion police stop student in Goth-style make-up

Woman takes to Weibo to challenge Guangzhou Metro after one of its staff tells her to remove her lipstick and eyeshadow.

Chinese parents told vaccines ‘generally safe’ after scandals

Lawmakers move to restore confidence in domestic products as people are discouraged from heading overseas to get their children vaccinated.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:22PM
Chinese parents told vaccines ‘generally safe’ after scandals

Lawmakers move to restore confidence in domestic products as people are discouraged from heading overseas to get their children vaccinated.

China plans law to make reviving rural areas a priority in modernisation push

Lawmaker Chen Xiwen says committee is drafting legislation to set out status of Xi Jinping’s campaign to develop countryside.

10 Mar 2019 - 1:12PM
China plans law to make reviving rural areas a priority in modernisation push

Lawmaker Chen Xiwen says committee is drafting legislation to set out status of Xi Jinping’s campaign to develop countryside.

Meet the Chinese villagers who fear they can never escape the poverty trap

Poor rural villagers stake all on sending their children to university as sustained government campaign fails to reach their remote homes.

9 Mar 2019 - 10:30PM
Meet the Chinese villagers who fear they can never escape the poverty trap

Poor rural villagers stake all on sending their children to university as sustained government campaign fails to reach their remote homes.

Trade war with US is hindering China’s efforts to combat poverty, Beijing admits

The government remains confident of meeting its targets; it has set 2020 as the deadline to eradicate absolute poverty in the country.

8 Mar 2019 - 3:52AM
Trade war with US is hindering China’s efforts to combat poverty, Beijing admits

The government remains confident of meeting its targets; it has set 2020 as the deadline to eradicate absolute poverty in the country.

Police find 100 baby seals hidden in remote Chinese farm - 38 have died

Death toll for 100 spotted seal pups found at poultry farm rises to 38. Females and babies are a new target, thanks to demand from China’s aquariums.

25 Feb 2019 - 11:28AM
Police find 100 baby seals hidden in remote Chinese farm - 38 have died

Death toll for 100 spotted seal pups found at poultry farm rises to 38. Females and babies are a new target, thanks to demand from China’s aquariums.

Visitors to China’s once Forbidden City get a night to remember

Full moon makes a timely appearance as thousands of guests are treated to an evening of lights and lasers in Beijing.

20 Feb 2019 - 4:25PM
Visitors to China’s once Forbidden City get a night to remember

Full moon makes a timely appearance as thousands of guests are treated to an evening of lights and lasers in Beijing.

The catch in releasing: across China, a Buddhist ritual endangers local ecosystems

Fangsheng, or ‘life release to nature’, returns animals to the wild, and highlights teachings of mercy and compassion, but environmentalists say it can do more harm than good.

14 Feb 2019 - 10:58AM
The catch in releasing: across China, a Buddhist ritual endangers local ecosystems

Fangsheng, or ‘life release to nature’, returns animals to the wild, and highlights teachings of mercy and compassion, but environmentalists say it can do more harm than good.

Chinese court plays up achievements in ‘Super Mario Mr Judge’ video

Three-minute clip shows Mario tackling difficult law enforcement issues, battling a corrupt ‘tiger’ and finishing big projects like building ‘smart courts’.

2 Feb 2019 - 10:20PM
Chinese court plays up achievements in ‘Super Mario Mr Judge’ video

Three-minute clip shows Mario tackling difficult law enforcement issues, battling a corrupt ‘tiger’ and finishing big projects like building ‘smart courts’.

Chinese city caps ‘bride price’ at US$7,450 to reduce wedding pressure

Authorities in Puyang, Henan province, issue guidelines aiming to ‘curb high cost of betrothal gifts and change the custom’.

2 Feb 2019 - 4:36AM
Chinese city caps ‘bride price’ at US$7,450 to reduce wedding pressure

Authorities in Puyang, Henan province, issue guidelines aiming to ‘curb high cost of betrothal gifts and change the custom’.

Tesla rival faces online heat as Nio smart car comes to a halt in Chinese capital

Test drive ends in traffic jam, then software glitch shuts down electric car and locks passengers inside for more than an hour.

31 Jan 2019 - 10:31PM
Tesla rival faces online heat as Nio smart car comes to a halt in Chinese capital

Test drive ends in traffic jam, then software glitch shuts down electric car and locks passengers inside for more than an hour.

Chinese in disbelief that a US$295 monthly salary makes them ‘middle class’

Statistics bureau gives rare official definition of ‘middle income’ that is met with ridicule online, forcing it to clarify that it applied to a specific report.

28 Jan 2019 - 12:41PM
Chinese in disbelief that a US$295 monthly salary makes them ‘middle class’

Statistics bureau gives rare official definition of ‘middle income’ that is met with ridicule online, forcing it to clarify that it applied to a specific report.

Police launch criminal probe after fatal blast at shopping mall in Chinese city of Changchun

At least one person dead in blasts in shopping plaza basement and upper floors, authorities say

25 Jan 2019 - 11:24PM
Police launch criminal probe after fatal blast at shopping mall in Chinese city of Changchun

At least one person dead in blasts in shopping plaza basement and upper floors, authorities say

Shanghai international school’s dirty joke in children’s textbook angers parents

International school had already been caught up in a food safety scandal before homework content prompted fresh round of complaints.

25 Jan 2019 - 10:20PM
Shanghai international school’s dirty joke in children’s textbook angers parents

International school had already been caught up in a food safety scandal before homework content prompted fresh round of complaints.

China’s first womb transplant recipient gives birth to a healthy baby boy

New mum Yang Hua, 26, was born without a uterus but was given one by her own mother in 2015.

24 Jan 2019 - 11:27PM
China’s first womb transplant recipient gives birth to a healthy baby boy

New mum Yang Hua, 26, was born without a uterus but was given one by her own mother in 2015.

Chinese family torn apart by stalker killing wins case review after public outcry

21-year-old woman just wants her mother and father released in time for Lunar New Year after death of obsessed young man who threatened them for months because she wouldn’t be his girlfriend.

23 Jan 2019 - 11:01PM
Chinese family torn apart by stalker killing wins case review after public outcry

21-year-old woman just wants her mother and father released in time for Lunar New Year after death of obsessed young man who threatened them for months because she wouldn’t be his girlfriend.

Dolce & Gabbana advert completely ruined my career, says Chinese model Zuo Ye as she breaks her silence over race row

Model breaks silence over ‘racially insensitive’ commercial that showed her trying to eat pizza and pasta with chopsticks.

23 Jan 2019 - 8:56AM
Dolce & Gabbana advert completely ruined my career, says Chinese model Zuo Ye as she breaks her silence over race row

Model breaks silence over ‘racially insensitive’ commercial that showed her trying to eat pizza and pasta with chopsticks.

As winter grips rural China, who’s really paying the price for Beijing’s clean air plan?

Xi Jinping wants to beat pollution by building an ‘ecological civilisation’, but high prices and an unstable supply of natural gas are leaving rural villagers out in the cold.

24 Jan 2019 - 1:37PM
As winter grips rural China, who’s really paying the price for Beijing’s clean air plan?

Xi Jinping wants to beat pollution by building an ‘ecological civilisation’, but high prices and an unstable supply of natural gas are leaving rural villagers out in the cold.

China’s prisons go digital for inmate convenience and clean management

Beijing Prison adds online payment services for inmates to go shopping from the inside, while also tracking orders and approvals to keep management honest.

19 Jan 2019 - 10:47AM
China’s prisons go digital for inmate convenience and clean management

Beijing Prison adds online payment services for inmates to go shopping from the inside, while also tracking orders and approvals to keep management honest.

Chinese woman abandoned as baby on bridge in Fuyang appeals for biological parents to attend her wedding

Adopted by construction worker who found her on the Shuanglong 20 years ago, Zhang Xiaoying has a week to trace her mother and father before her big day arrives.

18 Jan 2019 - 3:56AM
Chinese woman abandoned as baby on bridge in Fuyang appeals for biological parents to attend her wedding

Adopted by construction worker who found her on the Shuanglong 20 years ago, Zhang Xiaoying has a week to trace her mother and father before her big day arrives.

Outcry in mainland China as Taiwan’s Taipei Palace Museum lends priceless calligraphy masterpiece by Yan Zhenqing to Japan

Decision by Taipei Palace Museum to lend Tang dynasty treasure by Yan Zhenqing to Tokyo museum sparks uproar on mainland social media.

16 Jan 2019 - 5:50AM
Outcry in mainland China as Taiwan’s Taipei Palace Museum lends priceless calligraphy masterpiece by Yan Zhenqing to Japan

Decision by Taipei Palace Museum to lend Tang dynasty treasure by Yan Zhenqing to Tokyo museum sparks uproar on mainland social media.

Chinese Lothario faces court after flirtatious phone calls betray his life with three spouses and children

‘I will live with whoever forgives me and will take me after I serve my time,’ says property agent who was ‘tired’ with life as husband in three marriages and may end up in jail.

14 Jan 2019 - 10:50PM
Chinese Lothario faces court after flirtatious phone calls betray his life with three spouses and children

‘I will live with whoever forgives me and will take me after I serve my time,’ says property agent who was ‘tired’ with life as husband in three marriages and may end up in jail.

China’s ‘Ice Boy’ has new home and new hope after viral photo sparked flood of donations
Principal cooks for pupils at a rural Chinese school, repaying his childhood teachers for their kindness

Zhang Zhanliang warms the hearts – and stomachs – of pupils whose parents work away from home.

4 Jan 2019 - 4:18PM
Principal cooks for pupils at a rural Chinese school, repaying his childhood teachers for their kindness

Zhang Zhanliang warms the hearts – and stomachs – of pupils whose parents work away from home.

Chinese ‘Nazi soldier’ arrested for posing in German uniform at memorial park

Man, 18, said he was just having fun, but police unimpressed and social media users outraged.

2 Jan 2019 - 11:12PM
Chinese ‘Nazi soldier’ arrested for posing in German uniform at memorial park

Man, 18, said he was just having fun, but police unimpressed and social media users outraged.

Chinese city names new deputy mayor – and she doesn’t fit the mould

Appointment of 28-year-old Yuan Lin has divided opinion online, with some questioning whether she is qualified for the role and others calling for more women in politics.

30 Dec 2018 - 10:31PM
Chinese city names new deputy mayor – and she doesn’t fit the mould

Appointment of 28-year-old Yuan Lin has divided opinion online, with some questioning whether she is qualified for the role and others calling for more women in politics.

Three students die in blast at Beijing university laboratory
  • Fire services investigating cause of explosion at Beijing Jiaotong University.
26 Dec 2018 - 11:23PM
Three students die in blast at Beijing university laboratory
  • Fire services investigating cause of explosion at Beijing Jiaotong University.
Chinese bus hijack: unborn child becomes latest victim after knifeman rampages through streets of Longyan

Investigators seek answers on trail of killing and destruction that began after officials photographed suspect’s father for retired serviceman’s benefits certificate.

26 Dec 2018 - 11:27PM
Chinese bus hijack: unborn child becomes latest victim after knifeman rampages through streets of Longyan

Investigators seek answers on trail of killing and destruction that began after officials photographed suspect’s father for retired serviceman’s benefits certificate.

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