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Early in her career she briefly used the stage name Shirley Wong.Born in Beijing, she moved to British Hong Kong in 1987 and came to public attention in the early 1990s by singing ballads in Cantonese.

Wong is known to be reserved in public, and has gained a reputation for her "coolness".

Despite her mother's opposition, Wong released 6 low-cost cover albums from 1985 to 1987 while still in high school, all in the form of cassettes, mostly consisting of songs by her personal idol, iconic Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.

Many in Hong Kong perceived her to be "backwards", lacking personality.

Frustrated with her career decision, in 1991 she travelled to New York City for vocal studies and cultural exchange.

Since 1994 she has recorded mostly in her native Mandarin, often combining alternative music with mainstream Chinese pop.