It's a girl for Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan

PHOTO: Weibo

After five years of marriage, Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan have welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday (May 21).

Weibo was abuzz with excitement after a hospital staff in Beijing took to the microblogging platform to reveal that the Chinese actress had given birth.

The new dad confirmed the good news, writing in a Weibo post, "A beautiful day to welcome a beautiful life. Both mother and daughter are well. Thank you all."

He was later spotted visiting his wife and newborn at the hospital and thanked the media that had gathered at the scene.

With the couple confirming the pregnancy in April, the arrival of the baby came as a surprise to many fans who were expecting the child to be born later in the year.

Mark, 34, and Yuanyuan, 39, tied the knot in 2014 after they met on the set of Chinese film Caught in the Web.