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.

Shenzhen's EV penetration rate reached 67.9% in 2023, nearly double the national average of 35.7%.

China’s EV market: Rapid development amid slowing sales

Chinese automakers have made improvements in production and quality of electric vehicles (EVs), leading to a growing number of people who are purchasing EVs. However, convincing people to make the switch is not easy, as sceptics still have reasons for holding on to their fuel vehicles.
People look at the new iPhone 15 Pro as Apple's new iPhone 15 officially goes on sale across China at an Apple store in Shanghai, China, 22 September 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Apple's bid to pull off a rebound in the Chinese market

Chinese consumer interest in Apple iPhones is waning as competitors eat away at its market share. Analysts also believe that the lack of innovation in the new releases has led to declining sales. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturers remain an important part of the production of Apple products, with no viable replacement in sight. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks with experts and academics to find out more about Apple’s place in China.
Ultra-short dramas are usually no longer than three minutes per episode, with about 100 episodes for each series. (Photo: Daryl Lim)

[Big read] Are ultra-short dramas in China just a fad?

Even as ultra-short dramas are all the rage in China right now, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Daryl Lim takes a closer look at whether this currently popular trend will last, or fade away as quickly as it rose.
A delivery rider scanning the QR payment code hanging around the neck of a substitute delivery auntie.

Last-mile delivery aunties spring up in Shenzhen

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim takes a look at a new budding sector in Shenzhen — substitute delivery. This last-mile delivery service, often undertaken by part-time “aunties”, is booming. But several issues are cropping up such as accountability for wrong or delayed food orders, how should this be handled and is it worth the risk?
Visitors walk past ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, 24 December 2023. (Liz Lee/Reuters)

[Video] China's Harbin pampering visitors to win tourism battle

Harbin has seen an explosion of tourists this Chinese New Year season, and it is pulling out all the stops to welcome them, sometimes to the chagrin of locals. However, can this wave of tourism be sustained, and improve Harbin’s economy? Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Daryl Lim takes a trip to China’s land of snow and ice.
Customers wait outside a restaurant at a shopping mall in Shenzhen, China, on 19 January 2024. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

Hong Kongers flock to Shenzhen for value-for-money CNY reunion dinners

As the Chinese New Year approaches, many Hong Kongers have the tradition of travelling to Shenzhen to enjoy reunion dinners at lower cost with better service compared with back home. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks with diners and restaurant managers to find out more about this trend during the festive season.
People shopping at the new Costco store in Shenzhen, China.

Rise of warehouse stores in China as consumers opt for low-cost bulk buying

Warehouse stores were the preferred shopping format for Chinese consumers during the pandemic due to the vast space ideal for social distancing and the low cost for bulk items needed to reduce the number of trips outside. However, even with the end of the pandemic, this consumer trend remains. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim looks into the matter.
Livestreaming has boosted sales for shops in Dongmen.

[Video] Livestreamers take to Shenzhen’s pedestrian street to make it big

As singers, dancers and even those just chit-chatting fight to stand out in the highly saturated livestream industry to get traffic and monetary contributions from their viewers, Dongmen Pedestrian Street in Shenzhen has become the place to be. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Daryl Lim speaks to livestreamers in Dongmen to get a feel of the industry and what it takes to survive.
In this photo taken on 11 September 2023, BYD electric cars waiting to be loaded on a ship are stacked at the international container terminal of Taicang Port at Suzhou Port, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. China's top electric automaker BYD will build a car factory in Hungary, the company said on 22 December 2023, as it eyes expansion in the European market. (AFP)

[Big read] China's global EV expansion despite trade hurdles from the US and EU

As growth in the sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) slows in China, a growing number of Chinese carmakers are speeding up their entry into foreign markets. While rising trade protectionism in Europe and North America is affecting their pace of expansion, Chinese carmakers are exploring new markets in South America and Southeast Asia, and localising their production to achieve breakthroughs. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks with industry insiders to find out more.