Caroline Kwok

Caroline Kwok

Caroline is a contributor to Inkstone and video production assistant at South China Morning Post.

Shanghai’s New Year’s Eve drone show never happened
Chinese state media released video showing a spectacular “New Year’s Eve drone show” along Shanghai’s famous riverfront, the Bund. But while the video was dated December 31, 2019, spectators who were on the Bund at the time of the countdown to 2020 said there were no drones in sight. EHang, one of China's largest drone makers that managed the display, said the video was filmed earlier on December 28, 2019, for a show to be broadcast on a Shanghai TV station on New Year’s Eve.
Shanghai’s New Year’s Eve drone show never happened
China’s frozen world of ice and snow
Harbin Ice and Snow World, one of the world’s largest ice and snow theme parks, opened to the public in northeastern China on December 23, 2019. The frozen attraction in Heilongjiang province is linked to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival which opens on January 5, 2020.
China’s frozen world of ice and snow
British girl finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’
A six-year-old British girl from south London in the UK found a Christmas card with a message allegedly from foreign prisoners in China. The sender of the message claimed that prisoners were being forced to work against their will in the Shanghai Qingpu prison. The holiday card, which is among those sold to raise money for charity, was bought from British supermarket chain Tesco. The retailer said it has halted production at a Chinese factory after the discovery and launched an investigation into Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, one of its suppliers located about 60 miles from the prison named in the message.
British girl finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’
The icemen behind the world’s largest ice and snow festival
Each winter, about 100 workers toil on the frozen Songhua River in Harbin to harvest ice for the city’s famed Ice and Snow Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. The blocks will be moved to the capital of China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang where they will be shaped into giant crystal palaces and sculptures at the event opening in early January. 
The icemen behind the world’s largest ice and snow festival
Kenya opens new China-funded rail line
The second section of a China-funded railway connecting Kenya’s capital Nairobi to Naivasha, a town in the Central Rift Valley, opened on October 16, 2019.  Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, while on board the train's maiden journey, used the trip as an opportunity to reject criticism that the infrastructure project is a white elephant.  Critics say the project known as the Standard Gauge Railway will be unable to generate enough revenue from cargo services to cover its cost. 
Kenya opens new China-funded rail line
A Japanese panda keeper’s story
A childhood toy sparked a lifelong fascination with pandas that coaxed Abe Nobuko to move away from her native Japan to work in China taking care of the animals. She has become a dedicated advocate for the creatures at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 
A Japanese panda keeper’s story
Festive moon makes waves in China
Strong tides generated by the moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which was celebrated last week, have drawn thousands of visitors to the Qiantang River in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang.  The tides created waves that allowed surfers to compete before the crowds on September 16, 2019. 
Festive moon makes waves in China
China’s booming pet market
China's love affair with pets is only growing. At the recent 22nd Pet Fair Asia, held in Shanghai, creative dog grooming and unconventional pet choices were featured. Check out the video to get an idea of China's booming pet culture.
China’s booming pet market
Baby-shaped pears in China
Farmer Hao Xianzhang has been growing baby-shaped pears for more than a decade in China’s northern Hebei province. He said he was inspired by fruit described in the same form in the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West.
Baby-shaped pears in China
Chaos at China’s first Costco
American warehouse retailer Costco opened its first physical store in China this week. Low prices and a lenient return policy drew crowds of aggressive shoppers to the Shanghai store, which was forced to close early on its opening day amid chaotic scenes.
Chaos at China’s first Costco