Bonnie Au

Bonnie Au

Bonnie is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a production assistant for the South China Morning Post.

‘Fire phoenix’ spotted in central China
They're as beautiful as peacocks. The brilliantly colored golden pheasants have been made a rare appearance in their snowy habitat in China’s central province of Henan. The reclusive bird, also known as the “fire phoenix” or Chinese pheasant, is a Class II protected species in China because their numbers have been decreasing.
‘Fire phoenix’ spotted in central China
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests in Hong Kong
Downtown Hong Kong descended into chaos on Sunday as anti-government demonstrations entered their 17th straight week. Violent clashes took place two days before the People’s Republic of China marks 70 years since its founding. More protests are expected before and during the anniversary.
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests in Hong Kong
Hong Kong students form human chains to support protests
Thousands of Hong Kong school pupils and alumni formed human chains on the morning of September 9, 2019, as part of continuing protests to pressure the government to meet their demands. Though the government has announced it will withdraw the controversial extradition bill that initially sparked protests, demonstrations continue to insist on pushing four other demands, which include the establishment of a commission to independently investigate police conduct and greater democracy.
Hong Kong students form human chains to support protests
China’s $4.8 billion ‘horizontal skyscraper’ is almost done
Construction is nearly complete on a “horizontal skyscraper” in Chongqing, in China’s southwest. The Raffles City Chongqing complex has a futuristic design, including a bridge which spans across four of the eight buildings. Developers say the sky bridge, named “Crystal,” is one of the world’s highest, and will be a key feature of the $4.8 billion complex.  There are also apartments, a shopping center, offices and leisure facilities. Raffles City Chongqing is expected to open in late 2019. Watch the video above to find out more.
China’s $4.8 billion ‘horizontal skyscraper’ is almost done
Chinese parents paying to make their kids ‘perfect’
Some Chinese parents in Shanghai are splurging on expensive etiquette classes for their children, hoping that lessons on good posture, social skills and table manners will give their kids an advantage in a competitive city. Watch the video above.
Chinese parents paying to make their kids ‘perfect’
Farming without farmers
Tests of unmanned farming systems are being carried out in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province. Trials of automation equipment to cultivate common crops including rice, wheat, vegetables, cotton, fruit and tobacco are set to get underway throughout China later this year. Watch the video above.
Farming without farmers
US farmers take trade war hit
Soybeans are among the worst-hit products in the US-China trade war. Prices for the crop hit a 10-year low this week amid further escalating tensions between the countries. Watch the video above for more.
US farmers take trade war hit
Growing rice in seawater
Chinese researchers are making progress in a more than 30-year program to develop rice that can thrive in tidal flats and saline-alkaline soil. Also known as salt-alkali tolerant rice, sea rice is being tested in five saline-alkaline areas across the country. Researchers have also built an extensive bank of sea rice seeds, as part of a project started in 1986 to improve food security in China. Watch the video above.
Growing rice in seawater