Zigor Aldama

Zigor Aldama is an award-winning journalist from Spain. Focused on social issues, he's been covering Asia from China since 1999. He lives in Shanghai and his work is currently published in Spanish by the newspapers of Vocento group and El País.
Zigor Aldama
Zigor Aldama is an award-winning journalist from Spain. Focused on social issues, he's been covering Asia from China since 1999. He lives in Shanghai and his work is currently published in Spanish by the newspapers of Vocento group and El País.

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Powered by the state, China takes charge of electric buses, with Shenzhen taking the lead

With more than half of its buses now electrified, Shanghai is racing to join Shenzhen, which now boasts the world’s first fully electric bus fleet.

23 Jan 2019 - 9:57AM
Powered by the state, China takes charge of electric buses, with Shenzhen taking the lead

With more than half of its buses now electrified, Shanghai is racing to join Shenzhen, which now boasts the world’s first fully electric bus fleet.

Ctrip is not only bringing the world to Chinese tourists, the online travel agent is changing the industry too

There’s no stemming the tide of tech-savvy Chinese tourists sweeping the globe, and nowhere else is it more apparent than at Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.

21 Dec 2018 - 3:42PM
Ctrip is not only bringing the world to Chinese tourists, the online travel agent is changing the industry too

There’s no stemming the tide of tech-savvy Chinese tourists sweeping the globe, and nowhere else is it more apparent than at Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.

Ctrip CEO Jane Sun: ‘my career is a reflection of China’s 40 years of development and opening up’

After studying overseas and cresting the Silicon Valley wave, Jane Sun returned to China, where she now helms the nation’s largest online travel agent and advocates for gender equality

19 Dec 2018 - 10:50AM
Ctrip CEO Jane Sun: ‘my career is a reflection of China’s 40 years of development and opening up’

After studying overseas and cresting the Silicon Valley wave, Jane Sun returned to China, where she now helms the nation’s largest online travel agent and advocates for gender equality

Opinion | ‘Trump will achieve nothing with tariffs’: former WTO head blasts US policy on China

In candid interview, Pascal Lamy says arrested Huawei CFO is the victim of ‘odd’ and ‘wrong’ extraterritorial sanctions

12 Dec 2018 - 3:13PM
‘Trump will achieve nothing with tariffs’: former WTO head blasts US policy on China

In candid interview, Pascal Lamy says arrested Huawei CFO is the victim of ‘odd’ and ‘wrong’ extraterritorial sanctions

Eagle huntresses challenge the patriarchy in Mongolia

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the first female to enter – and win – the world’s top contest for eagle hunters, has inspired other young ethnic Kazakh women to venture into an arena long dominated by men, not all of whom welcome their new rivals

29 Nov 2018 - 4:52PM
Eagle huntresses challenge the patriarchy in Mongolia

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the first female to enter – and win – the world’s top contest for eagle hunters, has inspired other young ethnic Kazakh women to venture into an arena long dominated by men, not all of whom welcome their new rivals

Inside fortress Maotai: secrets of China hard liquor that’s rocket fuel for its soft power ambitions

We breach a cordon of Chinese soldiers to learn the secrets of Kweichou Moutai, top producer of China’s most famous liquor, and learn of ambitions to put it on a par with whisky and vodka and make it a symbol of Chinese culture.

29 Oct 2018 - 10:48AM
Inside fortress Maotai: secrets of China hard liquor that’s rocket fuel for its soft power ambitions

We breach a cordon of Chinese soldiers to learn the secrets of Kweichou Moutai, top producer of China’s most famous liquor, and learn of ambitions to put it on a par with whisky and vodka and make it a symbol of Chinese culture.

The Chinese artist who, like his inspiration Gaudí, will not live to see his masterpiece completed

Aged 78, Song Peilun has created a hidden utopia on a hillside in Guizhou province, where commercial endeavours are kept at bay and art and indigenous culture thrive

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The Chinese artist who, like his inspiration Gaudí, will not live to see his masterpiece completed

Aged 78, Song Peilun has created a hidden utopia on a hillside in Guizhou province, where commercial endeavours are kept at bay and art and indigenous culture thrive

Fighting human trafficking in Nepal: on patrol with the activists trying to put a stop to sex trade to India, China and the world

Effective border monitoring is saving thousands of rural women and girls from being tricked into modern-day slavery

16 Jul 2018 - 6:16PM
Fighting human trafficking in Nepal: on patrol with the activists trying to put a stop to sex trade to India, China and the world

Effective border monitoring is saving thousands of rural women and girls from being tricked into modern-day slavery

Has the legacy of China’s one-child policy destroyed Xi Jinping’s World Cup dream?

Despite the country building world-class infrastructure and employing some of the best foreign coaches, China’s footballers have yet to become world beaters, with players born under the one-child policy lacking cooperation skills.

20 Jun 2018 - 12:36PM
Has the legacy of China’s one-child policy destroyed Xi Jinping’s World Cup dream?

Despite the country building world-class infrastructure and employing some of the best foreign coaches, China’s footballers have yet to become world beaters, with players born under the one-child policy lacking cooperation skills.

China’s self-driving vehicles on track to take global leadership position, ahead of US

Trial operations of autonomous buses and cars in Shanghai and Beijing highlight desire to steer automotive-tech revolution 

3 Jul 2018 - 8:22PM
China’s self-driving vehicles on track to take global leadership position, ahead of US

Trial operations of autonomous buses and cars in Shanghai and Beijing highlight desire to steer automotive-tech revolution 

Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas

Women give heartbreaking accounts of the sacrifices they make – and the dangers they face – toiling abroad to support families at home

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas

Women give heartbreaking accounts of the sacrifices they make – and the dangers they face – toiling abroad to support families at home

Period shaming in Nepal: new law may finally end practice of banishing menstruating women

Last year, Nepal announced a ban on chhaupadi – the age-old tradition of exiling women to huts during menstruation – but authorities face an immense challenge in implementing the new law when it comes into effect in August

23 Feb 2018 - 12:35PM
Period shaming in Nepal: new law may finally end practice of banishing menstruating women

Last year, Nepal announced a ban on chhaupadi – the age-old tradition of exiling women to huts during menstruation – but authorities face an immense challenge in implementing the new law when it comes into effect in August

How Philippines war on drugs has become a war on the poor

Despite international pressure to stop the extrajudicial killings and the police touting more transparency in their operations, the daily slaughter continues in Manila’s poverty stricken neighbourhoods.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
How Philippines war on drugs has become a war on the poor

Despite international pressure to stop the extrajudicial killings and the police touting more transparency in their operations, the daily slaughter continues in Manila’s poverty stricken neighbourhoods.

From Made in China to Created in China: how nation turned itself from world’s sweatshop to global innovator in just one decade

While the ‘Made in China’ label has long held negative connotations, the newly embraced ‘Created in China’ designation celebrates a nation that is blazing a trail in manufacturing, technology and the new economy

5 Sep 2018 - 11:31AM
From Made in China to Created in China: how nation turned itself from world’s sweatshop to global innovator in just one decade

While the ‘Made in China’ label has long held negative connotations, the newly embraced ‘Created in China’ designation celebrates a nation that is blazing a trail in manufacturing, technology and the new economy

China’s big brother: how artificial intelligence is catching criminals and advancing health care

Zhu Long, co-founder of company whose facial-recognition algorithms have logged 1.8 billion faces and caught criminals across China, says artificial intelligence will change the world more than the industrial revolution

15 Jun 2018 - 4:06PM
China’s big brother: how artificial intelligence is catching criminals and advancing health care

Zhu Long, co-founder of company whose facial-recognition algorithms have logged 1.8 billion faces and caught criminals across China, says artificial intelligence will change the world more than the industrial revolution

India’s young female wrestlers fighting to overcome tradition, prejudice

Their families worry they won’t find husbands but Delhi’s determined young kushti fighters are putting the sport first

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
India’s young female wrestlers fighting to overcome tradition, prejudice

Their families worry they won’t find husbands but Delhi’s determined young kushti fighters are putting the sport first

How Chinese tourists are changing the world

135 million travellers a year, spending US$261 billion – numbers that will soon be smashed: Chinese tourists are having a huge impact on destinations everywhere, which welcome the money they pay but not always their ways

17 Oct 2017 - 11:31AM
How Chinese tourists are changing the world

135 million travellers a year, spending US$261 billion – numbers that will soon be smashed: Chinese tourists are having a huge impact on destinations everywhere, which welcome the money they pay but not always their ways

Going cash free: why China is light years ahead in the online payment revolution

We find out if it’s possible to live in Shanghai without paper money or bank cards and discover how online payments have dethroned cash as king in digital revolution that’s being led by two big players – Alipay and Tenpay

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Going cash free: why China is light years ahead in the online payment revolution

We find out if it’s possible to live in Shanghai without paper money or bank cards and discover how online payments have dethroned cash as king in digital revolution that’s being led by two big players – Alipay and Tenpay

Shanghai Metro: keeping world’s longest mass-transit rail system on track

What it takes to run one of the busiest, safest, most punctual and affordable subway systems on the planet

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Shanghai Metro: keeping world’s longest mass-transit rail system on track

What it takes to run one of the busiest, safest, most punctual and affordable subway systems on the planet

LGBTI in Mongolia fighting for rights and recognition

Activists and members of LGBTI community are demanding to be heard in the land of Genghis Khan, a nation that used to be tolerant

5 Sep 2018 - 4:26PM
LGBTI in Mongolia fighting for rights and recognition

Activists and members of LGBTI community are demanding to be heard in the land of Genghis Khan, a nation that used to be tolerant

Weighty pursuits at the ‘Basque Olympics’, where stone lifters, wood choppers and cart spinners vie for honours

The Basques of old turned their rural chores into 18 sports, which are taken very seriously in northern Spain, where boys as young as four wield axes and, these days, girls do their share of heavy lifting too

In Spain’s Basque region, locals who spend their days working in one of the most advanced industry manufacturing bases in Europe, devote their free time – and sense of pride – to ancient rural sports that are not for the faint-hearted.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Weighty pursuits at the ‘Basque Olympics’, where stone lifters, wood choppers and cart spinners vie for honours

The Basques of old turned their rural chores into 18 sports, which are taken very seriously in northern Spain, where boys as young as four wield axes and, these days, girls do their share of heavy lifting too

In Spain’s Basque region, locals who spend their days working in one of the most advanced industry manufacturing bases in Europe, devote their free time – and sense of pride – to ancient rural sports that are not for the faint-hearted.

‘We could 3D-print Trump’s wall’: China construction visionaries set to revolutionise an industry rife with graft and old thinking

Three days to build a villa, and a tower that rises by three storeys a day - between them Ma Yihe, 3D-printing proprietor, and modular architecture pioneer Zhang Yue may hold the keys to building industry’s future

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
‘We could 3D-print Trump’s wall’: China construction visionaries set to revolutionise an industry rife with graft and old thinking

Three days to build a villa, and a tower that rises by three storeys a day - between them Ma Yihe, 3D-printing proprietor, and modular architecture pioneer Zhang Yue may hold the keys to building industry’s future

China’s myopia epidemic: why a simple solution is being ignored

Under pressure to perform academically, children are spending most of their time indoors, depriving them of the sunlight that allows their eyes to develop

11 Apr 2017 - 11:26AM
China’s myopia epidemic: why a simple solution is being ignored

Under pressure to perform academically, children are spending most of their time indoors, depriving them of the sunlight that allows their eyes to develop

Behind the scenes in the ‘Hollywood’ of China

A never-ending stream of aspiring actors heads to Hengdian, a small town in Zhejiang province devoted to the movie business. Very few find the fame they crave.

15 Mar 2017 - 12:48PM
Behind the scenes in the ‘Hollywood’ of China

A never-ending stream of aspiring actors heads to Hengdian, a small town in Zhejiang province devoted to the movie business. Very few find the fame they crave.

Obama out, Trump in, Mao forever: impersonators on the ups and downs of their trade

A music producer who plays Kim Jong-un and a music teacher who impersonates Donald Trump are having a field day, but for some political lookalikes, it’s not just about the money

9 Feb 2017 - 3:23PM
Obama out, Trump in, Mao forever: impersonators on the ups and downs of their trade

A music producer who plays Kim Jong-un and a music teacher who impersonates Donald Trump are having a field day, but for some political lookalikes, it’s not just about the money

For sex workers in Bangladesh, the future is as bleak as the past
Slurping up the best noodles in the world at Tsuta, Tokyo
Winners and losers in Mongolia's mining gold rush

They call them ninjas: driven by lack of opportunity, tens of thousands of Mongolians, including children, are engaged in illegal gold mining, often in extremely harsh and dangerous conditions, writes Zigor Aldama

13 Jun 2016 - 4:44PM
Winners and losers in Mongolia's mining gold rush

They call them ninjas: driven by lack of opportunity, tens of thousands of Mongolians, including children, are engaged in illegal gold mining, often in extremely harsh and dangerous conditions, writes Zigor Aldama

Actress Fan Bingbing on becoming the new 'empress of China'

From billboards to screens big and small, Fan Bingbing is ubiquitous in China. In a free-wheeling chat with Zigor Aldama, the only non-American on Forbes' 10 highest paid actresses list talks about becoming the 'empress of China'.

3 Oct 2018 - 12:45PM
Actress Fan Bingbing on becoming the new 'empress of China'

From billboards to screens big and small, Fan Bingbing is ubiquitous in China. In a free-wheeling chat with Zigor Aldama, the only non-American on Forbes' 10 highest paid actresses list talks about becoming the 'empress of China'.

Sharing City, project out to put soul back into Seoul

Government programme supports and encourages the collaborative economy in the South Korean capital and has its sights set on ameliorating a host of social ills.

13 Jun 2016 - 4:45PM
Sharing City, project out to put soul back into Seoul

Government programme supports and encourages the collaborative economy in the South Korean capital and has its sights set on ameliorating a host of social ills.