Zhuang Pinghui

Zhuang Pinghui

Beijing Correspondent, China

Pinghui is a contributor to Inkstone. She reports on China news for the South China Morning Post.

Location
Beijing
Language spoken
English, Mandarin
Areas of Expertise
Healthcare, social trends, politics
Apology for Godfrey Gao death met with criticism
A Chinese television network has pulled a reality show and apologized after the sudden death on-set of Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model Godfrey Gao. Zhejiang Television offered an apology in an interview with the show’s director, Lin Yong. It was posted online on Thursday, about a week after the performer, known as Gao Yixiang in Chinese, collapsed while shooting an episode of Chase Me. In the post titled “Sorry, we didn’t protect Yixiang in his prime,” Lin said the network had been “immersed in grief and remorse since the accident happened.” “We feel we owe an apology to Godfrey Gao, to his parents and to all who loved him,” he said. Gao, 35, was a contestant on the show and collapsed aft
Apology for Godfrey Gao death met with criticism
Woman who killed seven caught after 20 years on the run
A Chinese woman accused of murdering seven people, including a three-year-old girl, has been captured after 20 years on the run. Lao Rongzhi, 45, allegedly killed seven people together with her boyfriend Fa Ziying over a three-year period. While Fa was caught by police in the eastern city of Hefei in July 1999, Lao managed to escape and had been living under a false identity since then. Fa initially refused to tell police anything about his girlfriend and later provided false information that helped her cover her tracks. He eventually confessed to kidnapping and killing seven people and was executed in December 1999 at the age of 35.  Police said last Friday that Lao had been arrested at a
Woman who killed seven caught after 20 years on the run
Will an online ban stub out China’s vaping industry?
The vaping industry has suffered a series of setbacks around the world following a spate of deaths in the United States. A number of governments are now considering or implementing bans even as Donald Trump has wavered over whether to introduce similar measures in the US. Now China, where a lack of regulation and the ease of buying online helped create millions of e-cigarette users, has dealt what may be the most substantial blow yet to the global industry. The world’s largest country banned all sales of e-cigarettes online starting November 1. Tobacco has long been identified as a major public health challenge in China. The country is the world’s largest tobacco producer and has more than 3
Will an online ban stub out China’s vaping industry?
Chinese man held after attacking toddlers, teachers with chemicals
Authorities in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan said dozens of kindergarteners and staff in the city of Kaiyuan were victims of a caustic soda attack. More than 50 of the children were burned on Monday afternoon, two of them seriously, when a man scaled the wall of the kindergarten and sprayed the chemical, also known as lye or sodium hydroxide, on them. Police detained a 23-year-old man about 40 minutes after the attack, adding that they believed he was acting alone. In a statement, the Kaiyuan municipal government said that at about 3:35pm, a man surnamed Kong cut barbed wire and climbed over a wall into Dongcheng Kindergarten and sprayed sodium hydroxide on children and staff. It
Chinese man held after attacking toddlers, teachers with chemicals
Pilot grounded for life for inviting a woman to the cockpit
A Chinese pilot has been banned from flying for life for allowing a young woman to visit the cockpit. The incident happened on an Air Guilin flight 10 months ago, but the photos taken by the woman – later identified as Chen Yuying, a student who planned to become a flight attendant after graduation – only went viral on Sunday. Chen, a third-year student at Guilin Tourism University, was seen posing in front of a tea set sitting in a pilot’s seat. A caption of the photo reads: “I am super thankful to the pilot! I am so thrilled!” The picture, which was spotted this week on the Weibo social media site by someone working in the airline industry, caused an uproar among aviation specialists. They
Pilot grounded for life for inviting a woman to the cockpit
Chinese vapers upset by online sales ban of e-cigarettes
Chinese vapers are defending the health value of e-cigarettes, after the government further tightened sales of vaping devices in the country.  On Friday, the country’s tobacco regulator announced a ban on online sales and advertising of e-cigarettes as part of a campaign to prevent minors from accessing vaping products.  The new rule brings e-cigarettes under a sales and advertising ban similar to tobacco. With more than 300 million smokers, China is seen as a potential growth driver for the e-cigarette industry. But the online sales ban could deal a blow to vaping start-ups that have flourished over the past few years.  Similar to other parts of the world, e-cigarettes in China have gained
Chinese vapers upset by online sales ban of e-cigarettes
Pop star attacked at Taiwan march in support of Hong Kong protests
Cantopop star Denise Ho was attacked with paint on Sunday while she was attending a march in Taipei in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The singer-activist was caught off guard when a member of the Taiwan-based Chinese Unification Promotion Party splashed red paint at her while she was talking to reporters near Taipei’s parliament. The attack came amid heightened tensions in Hong Kong on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. While Beijing has planned massive parades to celebrate the occasion, pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have vowed to take to the streets to demand accountability and greater democracy. And in self-ruled Tai
Pop star attacked at Taiwan march in support of Hong Kong protests
Controversial Hong Kong mooncakes ‘to be destroyed’ in mainland China
A mainland Chinese company that sells a popular brand of mooncakes caught up in the maelstrom of Hong Kong politics said it would have to destroy its stock of the cakes. This week, state media denounced a director of Hong Kong-based Taipan Bread and Cake for supporting the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Wu Haotian, general manager of a company that sells the Taipan brand of mooncakes to retailers in mainland China, said they had received too many returns to cope with, according to the Southern Metropolis News. “A huge amount of the mooncakes has been returned and held up in the company,” he was quoted as saying. “The amount is so huge that we haven’t calculated exactly how much has been retu
Controversial Hong Kong mooncakes ‘to be destroyed’ in mainland China
‘Not fair’: Chinese students feel snubbed as colleges court foreigners
In all the years Alex Shu has spent at Capital Normal University in Beijing, he has never once used the campus swimming pool. He was always told it was under maintenance. So he was shocked when he found out from an online video recently that the university did have a working swimming pool, only it was reserved for international students. “The center used to be a hotel before being renovated and reserved for international students,” Shu said. “Mainland students can only get in if they are selected as an international student’s study partner. It’s not fair for us mainland students at all.” After tens of thousands of people complained about being unable to use the pool, the university on July 1
‘Not fair’: Chinese students feel snubbed as colleges court foreigners
Chinese netizens call for beverage boycott due to Hong Kong protests
Chinese internet users are calling for the boycott of a popular Japanese sports drink, after the brand was accused of supporting the on-going extradition protests in Hong Kong.  They have flooded the Chinese social media account of beverage maker Pocari Sweat with comments urging it to “get out of China.” This happened after state-owned tabloid Global Times reported that the Japanese firm had cut ties with TVB, Hong Kong’s top broadcaster, over its coverage of protests in the city, which has been accused of being pro-government. “You support Hong Kong independence,” said the top comment on Pocari’s official Weibo page. “Please get out of China.” Otsuka Pharmaceutical, the parent firm of the
Chinese netizens call for beverage boycott due to Hong Kong protests