Cena Lau

Cena Lau

Cena is a motion graphics designer at Inkstone. He tells stories through motion graphics by bridging the gap between 2D and 3D techniques.

The tale of the cowherd and the weaver girl
The seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is the Qixi Festival. This year, that falls on August 7th. (It was August 17th last year.) It’s also known as China’s Valentine’s Day. In honor of the festival, we’re bringing you the tragic love story behind this festival: the tale of the humble cowherd and the heavenly weaver girl.
It takes a village to build a superpower
Before Shenzhen was China’s answer to Silicon Valley, it was a small fishing town in southern China, notable mainly for its proximity to Hong Kong. But today the city is an economic powerhouse of 12 million people, a tech hub home to giants like DJI and Tencent – and with a GDP comparable to that of South Africa. The dramatic transformation happened seemingly overnight, and was made possible in part because of Shenzhen’s so-called urban villages, densely packed low-rise apartments in the city’s downtown. Forty years ago, those urban villages were actual villages populated by Chinese farmers. But then came the economic reforms initiated by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s
China’s first international hotel
In the 40 years since China began the process of reform and opening up, it has developed into a nation with the most skyscrapers in the world. That all started in the southern city of Guangzhou, with a hotel called the White Swan. Standing next to colonial-era buildings on historic Shamian Island in the Pearl River, the five-star White Swan opened in 1983. China’s first 100m (330ft) tall building was built by a Hong Kong developer answering former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s call for high-end hotels. With a location next to the Canton Fair, China’s oldest and largest trade fair, it was an obvious location for visitors to be shown a piece of the new China. The White Swan went on to host ma
Lobbying to dance
Parts of China have been inundated by smog in recent days, choking off cities and leading authorities to issue health warnings. But one group of aunties in the city of Nanjing, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, were intent on getting their exercise. And so they brought their signature activity of “square dancing” – open-air dancing in public squares – into a hotel lobby.
The vape debate hits Hong Kong
First invented in China in 2003, e-cigarettes have since grown into a multi-billion dollar global industry. For some, they're an alternative to smoking. For others, they’re a way to quit. For others still, they’re just great to use for smoke tricks. Because they haven't been around for very long, there's still no definitive answer on how safe vaping is.   But the boom times might be about to run out. In recent years, more than 20 countries have enacted some form of ban on vaping. And now the vape debate has reached the land of its birth.  In Hong Kong, a special autonomous region of China that has a separate legal system, the local government is looking to enact its own ban.
A hero among heroes
When a fire broke out in an apartment block in Xian, northwest China, a baby and an elderly relative were trapped in their home on the 14th floor. Firefighter Li Zhi and a colleague plunged into the gathering smoke to rescue the stranded pair. But Li went above and beyond to keep the infant alive. Check out our video for more.
Shaolin tofu
A Shaolin monk by the name of Shi Yongchang has demonstrated his strength by breaking bricks in half with his bare hands… while they’re held between blocks of soft, wobbly tofu. Check out the video to see how it’s done.
Chinese scientist says he’s made the first genetically edited humans
The world of science was rocked this week when a Chinese scientist named He Jiankui announced that he had created the first gene-edited babies. The twins had their DNA edited when they were embryos to make them more resistant to HIV infection, the researcher claimed. But many in the scientific community were appalled by the experiment. The university in southern China that he is affiliated with has distanced itself from the announcement and is investigating what happened. So far, Dr He has not published any research on the project, nor have his claims been independently verified. But if his claims are proven to be true, these babies would be the first gene-edited humans ever to be born. He s
Chickens of love
Shan Yukang has chosen an unusual medium to express his love: chickens. The 22-year-old farmer from Longnan City in China’s northwestern Gansu province scatters chicken feed on the ground in a specific shape… and his 2,000 chickens do the rest. The clip has gone viral on Chinese social media.
Dads can’t handle the pain of childbirth
These husbands are grimacing for a simple reason: they’re experiencing how it feels to give birth. At an expo for expectant mothers in Panzhihua City in China’s western Sichuan province, the men were hooked up to electrodes which simulated the pain of childbirth. Their conclusion: it hurts. A lot. Check out our video for more.