Daryl Lim

Daryl Lim

Journalist, Lianhe Zaobao

Daryl joined Lianhe Wanbao in 2014 covering news on crime, society and current affairs. In 2017, he joined Lianhe Zaobao's Foreign Desk and has since been covering news and happenings in the region and around the world.

Living in an RV allows more freedom in moving around. (Courtesy of Shen Lan)

[Video] China’s new generation of nomads

Amid high property prices, especially in first-tier cities, some people in China are choosing to live a mobile life in recreational vehicles (RVs) instead. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks to RV dwellers to find out more about this unique lifestyle.
The Invictus International School campus at Nanshan, Shenzhen announced its shuttering in July. (Photo: Daryl Lim)

Closure of international schools in China due to economic downturn

The current wave of closures among international schools in China can be attributed to factors such as high tuition fees, options in other countries, and falling birth rate. But the biggest factor is undoubtedly financial tightening by parents, in turn due to China’s economic situation. Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim finds out more.
Hong Kongers in Shenzhen are generally seen in groups, wearing sneakers and carry backpacks. (Photo: Daryl Lim)

Shenzhen has become a shopping paradise for Hong Kongers

Hong Kongers have recently found a nearby spending destination in mainland China: Shenzhen. Since the summer vacation, a steady wave of tourists from Hong Kong has crossed the border to visit the various shopping spots in the mainland Chinese city. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim shares his findings from interviews in Shenzhen.
Tenants living in Baimang started getting eviction notices in mid-May.

Why Shenzhen's plan to transform 'urban villages' is causing distress

Urban villages are a historical product of Shenzhen’s urbanisation process. Today, local governments may have good intentions in implementing “centralised leasing” (统租) and upgrading work, but existing tenants may feel they are being shortchanged. Daryl Lim looks into the matter.
Young people looking at gold jewellery in Shuibei, Shenzhen, 18 June 2023. (SPH Media)

China’s young people becoming biggest consumers of gold

Young people are becoming the biggest consumers of gold in China, from jewellery to beads. They see it as a form of investment and savings, amid uncertainty about the economy. Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim looks into the trend.
Members of Wagner group prepare to pull out from the headquarters of the Southern Military District to return to their base in Rostov-on-Don late on 24 June 2023. Rebel mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin who sent his fighters to topple the military leaders in Moscow will leave for Belarus and a criminal case against him will be dropped as part of a deal to avoid "bloodshed," the Kremlin said on 24 June. (Roman RomokhovAFP)

Wagner mutiny: China showing dissatisfaction to a weakened Putin

While Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko visited Beijing seeking a reassurance of support soon after Wagner head Yevgeny Progozhin’s attempted coup, China seems to be adopting a wait-and-see attitude.
A general view of the Qianhai area in Shenzhen, 4 June 2023. (SPH Media)

Shenzhen's deserted business district needs more pull to develop

Shenzhen’s Qianhai is a relatively new business district that the Chinese government wants to develop. However, there has been comparatively little pull so far, given that general facilities are lacking and the supportive policies for foreign companies are no different from those in other areas in Shenzhen. However, some business people Zaobao talked to are upbeat about its future.
People on scooters wait in evening rush-hour traffic in the central business district on a day with heavy pollution in Beijing, China, 10 March 2023. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

More ride-hailing drivers may not be a good sign for Chinese economy

China’s ride-hailing market has seen exponential growth this year, which some attribute to the recovery of economic activity. However, others believe that the increase in ride-hailing drivers reflects increased unemployment. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim looks into the potential oversaturation and different factors impacting the market.
US President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, 14 November 2022. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Xi-Biden meeting: Nobody wants war over Taiwan Strait

The long-awaited face-to-face meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping finally took place this week on the sidelines of the G20 summit. While both sides expectedly reiterated their stance on key issues such as climate change, North Korea and the Russia-Ukraine war, the Taiwan issue continues to be the highlight, with Xi marking it as the “first red line’’ that must not be crossed. Zaobao journalists Miao Zong-Han and Daryl Lim tell us more.