Holly Chik

Holly Chik

Holly Chik joined the Post as a reporter in 2019. Previously, she interned at Reuters in Hong Kong.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English
Coronavirus no longer deterring Chinese students looking abroad
Chinese students are starting to make plans for a post-coronavirus world and remain optimistic about studying abroad, but do have concerns about Beijing’s strained relationships with some foreign countries.  About half of the Chinese students surveyed by EIC Education, an education consultancy based in China, said they would like to go overseas this year or next.  60% of them said they would feel safe leaving home after getting a Covid-19 vaccination.  About 60% of students will feel confident about leaving if travel restrictions are eased for foreign students, infections at the destination stay low and on-campus teaching resumes. 30% of students preferred Britain to study, followed by 24.5
Pandemic fog hangs over Chinese New Year travel plans
Every year, we read headlines about the "world's largest human migration" when millions of Chinese people leave their places of work to head home and visit the family during the Lunar New Year.  But this year, a cloud hangs over the holiday period as China continues to battle sporadic outbreaks of Covid-19 across the country.  The 40-day travel season kicked off on Thursday, and the transport ministry estimated 1.2 billion trips would be made over the holiday period. But while that number sounds high, that number would be a 60% drop from 2019, underscoring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  The airport reported about a 50% drop in passenger traffic on Thursday compared with the usual
How bottled water created China's second-richest man
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. China’s billionaire class has a new member, Zhong Shanshan, who made his wealth from one of the country’s hottest commodities: bottled water. Zhong, who chairs one of China’s largest beverage bottling companies, has joined the likes of Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Tencent CEO Pony Ma and real estate mogul Hui Ka-yan on the Forbes China Rich List. (Alibaba Group is the parent company of Inkstone.) According to Forbes, Zhong was worth $54.2 billion on September 21, making him the second-richest man in China, behind only Tencent’s Pony Ma. Zhong shot up the rank
China’s super-sized mobile app market
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 3.67 million: how many mobile apps are available in the Chinese market. Chinese app stores featured 3.67 million mobile apps as of December 2019, according to the state-run China Internet Network Information Center.  Games accounted for a quarter of the products, while apps that served as everyday tools made up 14% and e-commerce apps comprised 10% of the market, the data shows. This massive app economy is supported by the world’s biggest internet population – 904 million people in China regularly access the internet, mostly using their phones. But China’s internet is a walle
The rise of Chinese tourists
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 13%: the share of the Chinese population that has a passport. About one in eight Chinese people held a passport in 2019, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported. In other words, about 182 million people in the world’s second-largest economy can travel abroad, making tourists from China the world’s biggest spender in global tourism. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has halted travel, the sheer (and growing) number of Chinese travelers translates to an economic opportunity for destinations and, in some cases, political leverage for the Chinese government. Before the pandemic,
Taiwan redesigned its passport so people won’t mistake it with China
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. After Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in 2017, the White House issued a transcript of what the American president told reporters before he went into the meeting. It was a routine practice, except that the Trump administration made a mistake: the statement called Xi the president of the Republic of China. The Republic of China (ROC) is Taiwan’s government, which sits in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. Xi is the president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and he rules from the lush quarters of Zhongnanhai in Bei
China Trends: fans mourn Chadwick Boseman, and the stigma of leaving work on time
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world's biggest internet population is talking about. Marvel fans mourn Chadwick Boseman Chinese social media is in mourning after the death of Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as Marvel’s Black Panther. The actor died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, according to an announcement posted on Friday night on his social media accounts. Over the weekend, Chinese social media platforms have been flooded with tributes, clips and pictures of Boseman. “This came too suddenly,” said a blogger on Weibo. “He left at such a young age. It is a big loss for the
China is home to 18 of the 20 most surveilled cities in the world
China is home to 18 of the world’s 20 most monitored cities and over half the surveillance cameras in use globally, according to a study by British technology website Comparitech. According to the research, of non-Chinese cities, London ranked third while Hyderabad in India took 16th place. But while the use of live video surveillance continues to grow, the study said that more cameras do not necessarily reduce crime rates. “A primary argument in favor of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance is improved law enforcement and crime prevention … [But] a higher number of cameras just barely correlates with a lower crime index,” it said. The study compared the number of public surveillan
China launches its first Mars probe
China launched its first independent probe to Mars on Thursday, joining a growing number of countries aiming to lead exploration of Earth’s nearest neighbor. The probe, named Tianwen-1, was launched from the southern island of Hainan and is expected to reach Mars’ gravitational field next February, according to Chinese media. If the 5-tonne probe makes a successful landing on the fourth planet from the sun, it is expected to work for at least 90 Mars days – a little longer than three months on Earth. Tianwen-1 – the name means “questions to heaven” in Mandarin, inspired by an ancient poem by Qu Yuan – consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander and rover will attempt a soft land
Health workers praised online, but face abuse during pandemic
Health workers around the world have been one of the most essential sectors in the fight against the coronavirus. But the pandemic has brought more violence and abuse to these integral workers.  The International Committee of the Red Cross said it received 208 reports of incidents against health care professionals in various countries between late February and April. They included harassment and violence, as well as stigmatization for treating the virus. Initial violent incidents against health workers were reported in China, where the virus first emerged. In late March, local news reported a CT scan operator in central Hubei province was attacked by two coronavirus patients who were frustra