Zoe Low

Zoe Low

Reporter

Zoe is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a graduate trainee at the South China Morning Post.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia
Areas of Expertise
Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Singapore
Hong Kong to ban diesel and gas cars in 20 years
Hong Kong plans to phase out all fossil fuel vehicles over the next 10 to 20 years and switch to electric modes of commercial and public transport to improve air quality, according to the city’s environment chief. Roadside pollution remains a major concern in Hong Kong, which has one of the world’s highest population and traffic densities. The government’s push could potentially accelerate electric vehicle adoption in the small and wealthy financial hub, which has already seen EV sales grow a hundredfold in less than a decade.  As of August, there were 12,195 electric vehicles approved for road use in Hong Kong, up from fewer than 100 at the end of 2010. Today, EVs make up about 1.8% of priv
Hong Kong to ban diesel and gas cars in 20 years
Christmas is canceled in a northern Chinese city
Bucking a trend in China among young people in celebrating Christmas, a Chinese city has declared Santa Claus persona non grata. Officials in Langfang, in the northern province of Hebei, have ordered the removal of all festive decorations and banned shops from holding Christmas sales to “maintain stability,” according to a notice. In cracking down on Christmas celebration, the city takes issue apparently with its religious association, not the festive activities. The city’s notice called on the public to report anyone “spreading religion” in parks and squares.  The statement, which has been widely circulated on social media, did not specify Christianity. But it would be in line with the Chin
Christmas is canceled in a northern Chinese city
China tries to dam the trolls of the ‘water army’
Ever left a poor Yelp review and smiled with grim satisfaction? If you were in China, the “water army” would soon take care of it. Police in central China have detained 30 members of a “water army” – paid internet trolls or ghostwriters – who made $4.3 million (30 million yuan) by arranging for the deletion of negative online reviews about clients including “well known listed companies,” Chinese media have reported. The case, which involves four public relations companies, was the biggest of its kind in Hubei, the public security bureau for the central Chinese province said on Wednesday. The lucrative trolling operation illustrates Chinese businesses’ increasing reliance on the internet, whi
China tries to dam the trolls of the ‘water army’
Violent loan sharks jailed for gang crime
The leader of a gang of loan sharks operating in northern China has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of a litany of crimes, including raping one of his debtors, local media reported. The man, Wang Yinan, was one of 19 people convicted of gang-related crimes in Hulunbuir in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Tuesday. These loans form a part of what’s known as the shadow banking sector in China, an enormous network of unregulated borrowers and lenders that has both fueled the Chinese economy and posed risks to China’s financial system. With a shrinking but sizable segment of the Chinese population remaining removed from the forma
Violent loan sharks jailed for gang crime
Dozens dead after explosion near Chinese chemical plant
At least 23 people have been killed and 22 more injured in an explosion near a chemical factory in northern China. The blast occurred in the industrial city of Zhangjiakou in Hebei province just after midnight on Wednesday, according to authorities. The fire has been contained, and search and rescue operations are ongoing. Industrial accidents have been prevalent in China during the past four decades of unbridled economic development. Although the Chinese government has pledged to step up enforcing safety rules, deadly accidents still occur at mines, factories and construction sites, sparking public anger.   Zhangjiakou, about 100 miles northwest of Beijing, is one of the cities that will ho
Dozens dead after explosion near Chinese chemical plant
Free trip to China for polyglot Cambodian boy
A Cambodian boy who became an internet star worldwide has been invited on a three-day trip to Beijing, after a video showing him speaking multiple languages and dialects went viral in China. Thaksin, whose age is unknown, was filmed hawking souvenirs first in fluent Cantonese, then in Mandarin, Japanese, French, Thai, Spanish, German, Filipino and Malay, by a Malaysian tourist at the Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat. In another video widely shared on Chinese social media, he and his brother were filmed answering questions in fluent Mandarin. “I can only speak Mandarin, but I don’t know how to write it. I want to go to university in Beijing,” Thaksin said in the video. His performance of a popul
Free trip to China for polyglot Cambodian boy
Karaoke no more as 6,000 hit songs removed in China
Karaoke fans in China are upset that they can no longer belt out some of their favorite songs. That’s because more than 6,000 songs have been removed from KTV machines in the country on copyright infringement grounds. Many of these songs are massive hits by artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan. It’s actually the latest attempt by authorities to crack down on copyright infringement in China, a widespread problem which has attracted criticism from other countries. Among the affected songs – many of which are from the 1990s and 2000s – are  works by top Hong Kong artists Eason Chan, Twins and G.E.M., as well as Taiwanese superstars like A-Mei and Jay Chou. (None of Kris Wu's songs were removed, by
 Karaoke no more as 6,000 hit songs removed in China
A bus crashes, a female driver emerges, and so do the sexists
On Sunday, a bus carrying fifteen passengers veered off course, hit another vehicle and plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in southwest China. Five bodies have been found, and a recovery operation continued on Tuesday afternoon. But who’s to blame for this tragedy? Women drivers, said Chinese social media. Social media users began attacking female drivers after early news reports cited an eyewitness account that a woman driving in the wrong direction on the road had caused the crash in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Photos showed a dazed woman sitting by the car, wearing high heels – commonly cited in China as a reason women are “worse drivers” than men. Many commenters on Wei
A bus crashes, a female driver emerges, and so do the sexists
China’s online community shoots down artificial moon plan
A Chinese city’s plans to launch a man-made moon to replace street lights has been laughed off as a pie in the sky, with some even calling it an outright scam. Chengdu, the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province, announced on Tuesday it was planning to launch an “illumination satellite” by 2020, People’s Daily reported, adding that it would have eight times more light than the real deal. “Is this The Onion?” asked one Weibo user, referring to the US satirical news site. “Chengdu, have you lost it?” asked another. Below is an artist's impression of how the artificial satellite will brighten the skies above Chengdu. Other users invoked Hou Yi, from Chinese mythology, who shot down nine
China’s online community shoots down artificial moon plan
China’s biggest waterfall just got bigger
China’s biggest waterfall had a surprise in store for tourists this week after heavy rains hit Anshun city in southwestern Guizhou province. Some visitors compared the swollen Huangguoshu Waterfall to a majestic giant dragon.
China’s biggest waterfall just got bigger