Tuesday, 12 December 2017

2013 Novel Name of the Day

Hoiz Au, Tai Wai, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 4 June 2011)

see 1741 Novel Name of the Day

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 10 December 2017

2030 Novel Name of the Day

Chelsea Ho Ka-po, Choi Hung, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 4 June 2011)

see 1665 Novel Name of the Day

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare; Geography-based

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

2029 Novel Name of the Day

Sonija Kwok Sin-nei, 43 years old (in 2017), actress and 1999 Miss Hong Kong. Of mixed 3/4 Cantonese and 1/4 English parentage.

Miss Hong Kong 1999

About Novel Names
Name Category: creation, insertion

Monday, 4 December 2017

2028 Novel Name of the Day

Cleve Wong Hin-chai, finance manager, Precious Blood Hospital (private hospital), Hong Kong 

Cleve means "land of cliffs; hilly area; cliff, slope".

Reference: see comments at 1130 Novel Name of the Day 

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Saturday, 2 December 2017

2027 Novel Name of the Day

Sigmund Leung Sai-man, president, Hong Kong Dental Association, Hong Kong

The meaning of Sigmund is "victorious hand or protector".


About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 30 November 2017

2026 Novel Name of the Day

Aarif Lee, actor and Cantopop singer (of Malay-Arab-Chinese ancestry), Hong Kong 


About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

2025 Novel Name of the Day

Wellington Fung, secretary general, Hong Kong Film Development Council, Hong Kong 

see 1058 and 1192 Novel Names of the Day 


About Novel Names
Name Category: Geography-based; Rare

Sunday, 26 November 2017

2024 Novel Name of the Day

Ayesha M Lau (Mrs), council member, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Of Persian origin, and the meaning of Ayesha is "small one".


About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Friday, 24 November 2017

Know What You Are Protecting

The Hong Kong Cancer Fund has a fantastic health advertisement advising men to protect their balls, er, crown jewels, er, assets. It's clever and, er, cocky. Ballsy, even!


However, it seems one of the men doesn't know his asset from his elbow, perhaps because he has never played football before. Who puts their hands there (look at the big red arrow in the above picture; man far right) when a football is being blasted straight towards you?

Good message though! Real Men Protect Their Assets

Here's the sequence of events as shown in the video: Hong Kong Cancer Fund x The Wynners: "Be on guard against prostate cancer!"


















2023 Novel Name of the Day

Mimi Li Shuk-ping, consultant dietitian at Children 818, Hong Kong

see 0852 Novel Name of the Day

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

2022 Novel Name of the Day

Bart Cheng, key account manager with Hutchison Hain Organic (HHO), a Hong Kong-based distributor of natural and organic products

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Monday, 20 November 2017

2021 Novel Name of the Day

Rabeea Yeung, TV presenter, Dolce Vita, TVB, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Saturday, 18 November 2017

2020 Novel Name of the Day

Yannis Mak Ka-yan, Tai Wai, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 19 Nov 2012)

see 2012 Novel Name of the Day

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Thursday, 16 November 2017

2019 Novel Name of the Day

Charling Wong Hei-lam, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 16 Nov 2012)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

2018 Novel Name of the Day

Dayo Wong Tze-wah, comedian and actor, Hong Kong


About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 12 November 2017

2017 Novel Name of the Day

Yuffy Wong, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 12 Nov 2012)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Friday, 10 November 2017

2016 Novel Name of the Day

Lucetta Kam Yip-lo, assistant professor of Humanities at Hong Kong Baptist University and author of Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi communities and Politics in Urban China 


About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

2015 Novel Name of the Day

Carlie Chan Ka-lai, Kowloon City, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 7 Nov 2012)

Carlie is a female name is of Old German and Latin origin, and the meaning of Carlie is "free man".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Phonetic-based? Rare

Monday, 6 November 2017

2014 Novel Name of the Day

Berlin Chu Chim-ying, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 6 Nov 2012) 

Of German origin, and the meaning of Berlin is "borderline".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Geography-based; Rare

Saturday, 4 November 2017

2013 Novel Name of the Day

Nallie Fong Wong Kut-man (Mrs), chairwoman, Promotion of Young Artists Foundation (www.poyaf.org.hk), Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Thursday, 2 November 2017

2012 Novel Name of the Day

Yannis Mak, Tai Wai, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 1 Nov 2012) used the term "glass cancer" for the problem of falling and breaking windows affecting some high-rise residential buildings in Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

2011 Novel Name of the Day

Natalis “Nat” Chan, actor and local celebrity, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 29 October 2017

2010 Novel Name of the Day

Hacken Lee Hak-kan, canto-pop star, actor and local celebrity, Hong Kong

Note: Hacken's children are named Rex Lee Lik-sze and Ryan Lee Lap-yan. The names Rex and Ryan appear to corroborate the truthful stereotype that Chinese cannot pronounce their R's !!

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Friday, 27 October 2017

2009 Novel Name of the Day

Dodo Cheng Yee-ling (she saw the light and changed her English name to Carol), actress and local celebrity, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

2008 Novel Name of the Day

Cherry Yau Wing-yan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 24 Oct 2012)

see 1357, 1222, 0482 and 0026 Novel Names of the Day

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare; Somewhat common in Hong Kong

Monday, 23 October 2017

2007 Novel Name of the Day


Bremen Sun, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 24 Oct 2012)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Saturday, 21 October 2017

2006 Novel Name of the Day


Yumiko Cheng Hei-yee, wannabe local celebrity, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 19 October 2017

2005 Novel Name of the Day

Natural Yip (Ms), apparently not a golfer (!) but a cricket representative in Hong Kong women's squad selected for 2012 Asia Cup

Note: The Hong Kong Women's 2012 Cricket Squad possessed some women with weird and wonderful names! Does this say something odd about female cricketers !?

The Females in question are:
Natural Yip
Godiva Li
Alvina Tam


About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

2004 Novel Name of the Day

Duffy Wong Chun-nam, chairman, South China Athletic Association, Hong Kong

The name Duffy means "swarthy".

see news article

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 15 October 2017

2003 Novel Name of the Day

Pull To (Ms), cricket representative in Hong Kong women's squad selected for 2012 Asia Cup

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Do Not Mess With Big Brother

Instead of calming public fears, the Hong Kong government's propaganda, I mean promotion, of its newest and biggest railway station—West Kowloon Station—has only added fire to the controversial project. The carefully crafted and cartooned Big Brother video actually uses a noticeable icon that warns the audience not to mess with the authorities. Check out the face of the train.

The face of the train is clearly Aggressive, Angry and Authoritarian

Don't mess with Big Brother! Do as you are told! The message from the Pro-China authorities is abundantly clear.

Compare this with the friendly approachable face of Thomas




References

Chinese officials to enforce mainland laws in Hong Kong train station (Reuters)

HONG KONG’S PORT AREA IS ‘IN MAINLAND CHINA’ (SCMP)





Friday, 13 October 2017

2002 Novel Name of the Day


Bowser Ku Chun-yin, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 9 October 2012)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

2001 Novel Name of the Day


Milton Lam, Lam Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 8 October 2012)

The meaning of Milton is "mill town".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Monday, 9 October 2017

2000 Novel Name of the Day


Koey Cheung, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 6 October 2012)

See other Koey individuals at 0618 and 1055 Novel Name of the Day

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Saturday, 7 October 2017

1999 Novel Name of the Day


Kico Chan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 6 October 2012)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Thursday, 5 October 2017

1998 Novel Name of the Day


Yumi Au (Miss), 20, a student from Hong Kong (among the 39 victims of the Lamma Ferry Disaster on 1 October 2012, Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in 40 years)

R.I.P.


About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

1997 Novel Name of the Day


Pieta Leung Ka-kit (Mr), 23, a Hong Kong Electric trainee from HKU (among the 39 victims of the Lamma Ferry Disaster on 1 October 2012, Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in 40 years)

R.I.P.


About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 1 October 2017

1996 Novel Name of the Day

-->
Pales Lam Ka-man and wife Mani Lau Man-lai, 26, newlyweds who married on September 17 (among the 39 victims of the Lamma Ferry Disaster on 1 October 2012, Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in 40 years)

R.I.P.


About Novel Names
Name Category: Pales is a Creation; Deletion (from Palles). Mani is a Creation

Friday, 29 September 2017

1995 Novel Name of the Day


Godiva Li (Ms), cricket representative in Hong Kong women's squad selected for 2012 Asia Cup

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

1994 Novel Name of the Day


Alvina Tam (Ms), cricket representative in Hong Kong women's squad selected for 2012 Asia Cup

The meaning of Alvina is "elf or magical being, friend".

See other Alvina names

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Monday, 25 September 2017

1993 Novel Name of the Day


Raena Leung Hou-ling, equestrian competitor (who can speak Cantonese, Putonghua, French, German and English, using only the latter to talk to her horse), Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Deletion; Substitution

Saturday, 23 September 2017

1992 Novel Name of the Day


Devin Yu Tai-fung, solicitor, Hong Kong

Rare boys name, and even rarer girls name.

Of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Devin is "bard, poet".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 21 September 2017

1991 Novel Name of the Day


Betheny Yu Pui-ling, solicitor, Hong Kong

Betheny is an alternate spelling of Bethany (Hebrew): possibly means "house of figs".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

1990 Novel Name of the Day


Benita Yu Ka-po, solicitor, Hong Kong

The meaning of Benita is "blessed".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 17 September 2017

1989 Novel Name of the Day


Sarena Young Fuk-ki, solicitor, Hong Kong

The name Sarena means "princess".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Friday, 15 September 2017

1988 Novel Name of the Day

Delanlo Yip Hin-fung, solicitor, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

1987 Novel Name of the Day


Deannie Yew Yat-wa, solicitor, Hong Kong


About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Monday, 11 September 2017

1986 Novel Name of the Day


Royford Yeung Yuen-shun, solicitor, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Saturday, 9 September 2017

1985 Novel Name of the Day

Eirene Yeung Yat-chi, solicitor, Hong Kong

see 1119 Novel Name plus comments

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 7 September 2017

1984 Novel Name of the Day


Hera Yeung Wai-yin, solicitor, Hong Kong

The meaning of Hera is "queen".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

1983 Novel Name of the Day


Birney Yeung Wai, solicitor, Hong Kong

The meaning of Birney is "island with the brook".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 3 September 2017

1982 Novel Name of the Day


Dorina Wu Wai-ming, solicitor, Hong Kong

Dorina means "gift".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Friday, 1 September 2017

1981 Novel Name of the Day


Charaine Woo Sui-ling, solicitor, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

1980 Novel Name of the Day

Comson Or Yan-lung, Secondary Four student, Hong Kong (June 2017)

Reference: SCMP story

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; son-suffix

Monday, 28 August 2017

1979 Novel Name of the Day

Cusson Leung, managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Asia Pacific equity research unit, who remembered the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and Hong Kong property crash, causing a 70 per cent collapse in home prices, and driving an estimated 100,000 home owners into negative equity.

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; son-suffix

Saturday, 26 August 2017

1978 Novel Name of the Day

Afra Kwok, director, TVB News, Hong Kong

The meaning of Afra is "young deer; color of earth"

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 24 August 2017

1977 Novel Name of the Day

Adi Lau (Mr), operations director, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong

Adi is both a female and male name. The meaning of the name Adi is "awe-inspiring; noble"

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

1976 Novel Name of the Day

Ardis Poh, a dog owner for more than two decades who lives with three dogs in Yuen Long, Hong Kong

Reference: SCMP story

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 20 August 2017

1975 Novel Name of the Day

Tugo Cheng, photographer, SCMP, Hong Kong


About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Friday, 18 August 2017

1974 Novel Name of the Day

Turbo Kan Ho-yin, no. 5576 of 2014 (summary case), Notice of Intended Dividend in the High Court of the HKSAR Court of First Instance (2nd June 2017)

The meaning of Turbo is "a whorl or spinning object"

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

1973 Novel Name of the Day

Willin Low, chef, Po restaurant, Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

reference: SCMP story

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Singapore name

Monday, 14 August 2017

1972 Novel Name of the Day

Nectar Gan (Ms), reporter, SCMP, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Nature-based; mainland Chinese

Saturday, 12 August 2017

1971 Novel Name of the Day

Maura Wong, former CEO of policy think tank Civic Exchange, Hong Kong

The meaning of Maura is "star of the sea"

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare


NOTE: there is a brilliant comment on this news story about a FAIL in journalism regarding anonymity.

Comment on this story
BRIAN CHEN 18 Apr 2017 - 11:57PM

Shirley Zhao, why are you such a dumb ass reporter?? Mr. Tso requested to be anonymous and you basically divilged all his information, including his age, residence, purchase date, and household income.
E.g. 
Mr Tso, who wished to remain anonymous, said he and his wife bought a flat of about 200 sq ft in High One in Cheung Sha Wan for about HK$4 million in 2014.
“We needed a home after getting married,” Tso, an office worker in his 30s, said.
The couple pay around HK$18,000 a month – about 40 per cent of their combined salary – for a 30-year mortgage, he said.





Thursday, 10 August 2017

1970 Novel Name of the Day

Viveca Chan (professor, Ms), CEO, WE Marketing Group and member of HK Marketing Association (HKMA) executive committee, Hong Kong

The meaning of Viveca is "alive; war fortress"

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

1969 Novel Name of the Day

Ribble Chung Siu-mui, member, Arts Development Council, Hong Kong
(mentioned in SCMP news about Egyptian Mummies Exhibition at the HK Science Museum)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 6 August 2017

1968 Novel Name of the Day


Telford Wong, presenter, Dolce Vita (local lifestyle program), TVB, Hong Kong

The meaning of Telford is "iron-piercer"

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Friday, 4 August 2017

1967 Novel Name of the Day


Iby Ma, producer, Dolce Vita (local lifestyle program), TVB Pearl, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

1966 Novel Name of the Day

Cado Lee Ka-to, scrumhalf, Hong Kong rugby team

see Pic

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Monday, 31 July 2017

1965 Novel Name of the Day


Wellington Wong Tin-wing, solicitor, Hong Kong 

see other Wellington’s

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare; Self-important

Saturday, 29 July 2017

1964 Novel Name of the Day


Sheater Lo Kiu-tat, case no 3340 of 2016, Notice of General Meeting of Creditors in the High Court of the HKSAR Court of First Instance in Bankruptcy Proceedings (29 July 2016)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Thursday, 27 July 2017

1963 Novel Name of the Day


Simee Wong Siu-mei, solicitor, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

1962 Novel Name of the Day

Anda Wong Shun-yun, solicitor, Hong Kong

The name Anda means "man's defender; ultimate bliss; ready journey".

see Banda

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 23 July 2017

1961 Novel Name of the Day

-->
Banda Au Ying-yung, case no 3431 of 2016, Notice of General Meeting of Creditors in the High Court of the HKSAR Court of First Instance in Bankruptcy Proceedings (29 July 2016)

see Anda

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Insertion

Friday, 21 July 2017

1960 Novel Name of the Day


Mon Mok Ching-yan now known as Mok Ching-yan, Z671xxx, Notice of Bankruptcy Order in the High Court of the HKSAR Court of First Instance, Hong Kong (29 July 2016)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

1959 Novel Name of the Day


Cici Wong Shi-wai, solicitor, Hong Kong

The name Cici means "blind; sixth".

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Monday, 17 July 2017

1958 Novel Name of the Day


Cherie Fong Wai-yee, communications manager, Hong Thai Travel Services, Hong Kong

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Saturday, 15 July 2017

1957 Novel Name of the Day


Katy Chui Ho-suet, Yuen Long, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 8 July 2011)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Deletion; Rare

Thursday, 13 July 2017

1956 Novel Name of the Day


Govind Choi Siu-wai, E724xxx, Notice of Bankruptcy Order in the High Court of the HKSAR Court of First Instance, Hong Kong (29 July 2016)

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

1955 Novel Name of the Day

-->
Saint Ko Chi, C257xxx, Notice of Bankruptcy Order in the High Court of the HKSAR Court of First Instance, Hong Kong (29 July 2016)

Not very "saintly" or upstanding by becoming bankrupt!

See 1423 Novel Name of the Day ... now this Devil became bankrupt!!

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Self-important

Sunday, 9 July 2017

1954 Novel Name of the Day


Norris Leung, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 8 July 2011

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Friday, 7 July 2017

1953 Novel Name of the Day

--> Shemmie Yong, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 8 July 2011) 
Theme of letter: she is a lesbian who wrote "I did not get help from friends and family but the grace of God helped me". 

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

1952 Novel Name of the Day


York Ip Yuk-wai, Ma Wan, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 6 July 2011) 

see other Yorks

About Novel Names
Name Category: Rare

Monday, 3 July 2017

1951 Novel Name of the Day

Yammie Law, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong (3 July 2013)

see other Yammie's and Yannie's

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Deletion; Insertion; Substitution

Saturday, 1 July 2017

1950 Novel Name of the Day

Majestic Sin Yeung, solicitor, Hong Kong

We've had Cardinal Sin, and now we have Majestic Sin !! Hong Kong has weird, wacky and wonderful names!!

Happy 20th Anniversary HKSAR !!!

About Novel Names
Name Category: Creation; Self-important

Friday, 30 June 2017

President Xi Jinping Less Popular Than Manchester United Stars in Hong Kong

Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers made headlines and caught the attention in Hong Kong ... turning more heads and smartphones than President Xi Jinping !!


On Hong Kong's MTR






Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt travel by metro to five-a-side in Hong Kong

  • The Manchester United quintet are in Asia for a veterans five-a-side match 
  • They each received t-shirts with caricatures drawn on the front
  • Gary Neville later shared a picture from the tallest bar in the world  
It has been a long time since Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt needed public transport to arrive at a match they were playing in.
But out in Hong Kong, the quintet used the metro to head to a veterans five-a-side match.
The Manchester United legends may have called time on their professional playing careers but they still pose quite the threat as a five-a-side combination.

Phil Neville is in Hong Kong with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brother Gary
Phil Neville is in Hong Kong with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brother Gary

The players were given a warm welcome from the United supporters in Hong Kong
The players were given a warm welcome from the United supporters in Hong Kong

The five United legends have headed to Hong Kong for a five-a-side veterans match
The five United legends have headed to Hong Kong for a five-a-side veterans match

Phil Neville shared a picture on his Instagram account of the group heading out on their travels, captioning the image 'Road trip with these guys!!!'
And he tweeted the welcome they had, with fans lining up to catch a glimpse of their heroes donning United attire and waving flags. 
And his older brother Gary shared some pictures of t-shirts that they had been presented with, featuring caricatures of each player on the front.

He seemed a little underwhelmed with his own t-shirt, writing 'not nice' alongside the post he uploaded on Instagram.
But overall, he seemed to be very much enjoying his time in Asia. Neville later published a picture of an impressive view from what he said is the 'tallest bar in the world, apparently'.
That venue would be the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel, where the cocktail bar is on the 118th floor and 1,608 feet above sea level. 

Gary Neville shared pictures of t-shirts some of the players were given in Hong Kong
 Ryan Giggs appears confused as usual !!


Neville also visited 'the tallest bar in the world' - the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel
Neville also visited 'the tallest bar in the world' - the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel
 





President Xi Jinping looks to Hong Kong’s future, after ‘extraordinary’ post-handover journey

Maiden official trip to the city will see the president attend celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, as well as the swearing in of city’s next chief executive
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 11:59am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 7:31pm
President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover and set out his aim to usher the city into a new future, drawing from the experiences of the “extraordinary journey” of the past two decades.
Xi, who is making his first visit since becoming president in 2013, was last in the city in 2008, just before Beijing hosted the Olympic games.
At the airport on Thursday, he said: “I step on Hong Kong soil once again after nine years and I feel very happy as Hong Kong has always been in my heart.”
He set out three purposes for his three-day tour of the city that will see him preside over the inauguration of a new government as part of a packed programme in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the return of the city to Chinese rule.
First, he said, he hoped to convey his wishes and congratulations for Hong Kong’s 20th anniversary of handover. “I wholeheartedly wish Hong Kong will create a brighter future.”

Second, his tour of Hong Kong aimed to show the central government’s support for the city. “For 20 years the central government has always been a strong backing for Hong Kong. We will always support Hong Kong’s development and improvement of livelihood,” he said.
Third, he said his visit would be about mapping out a future for the city and ensuring “one country, two systems” would be “smooth and can be carried forward”.
“The central government will work with all sectors of Hong Kong society to look back at Hong Kong’s extraordinary journey in the past 20 years, sum up the experience and look forward to the future.”
He added: “I look forward to feeling Hong Kong’s new atmosphere and new changes.”
Xi’s arrival remarks at the airport in effect set the agenda for the visit. His speeches in the coming days can be expected to elaborate on the three themes, especially on the future direction for the city after 20 years of pursuing the experiment of “one country, two systems”.
The system was one set for Hong Kong by the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping when China negotiated for the city’s return to the mainland from the British who had ruled it for 150 years.
Xi was greeted by Hong Kong’s outgoing leader Leung Chun-ying and wife and Cabinet ministers. In attendance also was Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the incoming leader of the city who was elected on March 26 and will be sworn in on July 1.


Apart from meeting the outgoing and incoming local governments, Xi is expected to view the latest infrastructure developments in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and West Kowloon Cultural District, which are both still under construction.
Xi, who is also the head of China’s military, will also inspect the People’s Liberation Army’s local garrison in Shek Kong, a location away from the city centre, deep in Hong Kong’s highest mountain Tai Mo Shan.

Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, will visit a kindergarten in Kowloon Tong, while Xi will meet a group of young people in the Junior Police Call, a group tasked with fostering links between police and youth.
Xi’s maiden tour of Hong Kong as president follows a night of protest at the Golden Bauhinia Square, the site where an iconic flag raising ceremony will be held. More than 20 protesters, including student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung have been arrested.
Hong Kong police stepped up security to ensure the safety of Xi and his entourage.
More than a hundred journalists went through security checks before arriving on the apron at the city’s airport ahead of Xi’s arrival.
Dozens of umbrellas were confiscated by airport security guards, who said umbrellas were always banned on the apron. It started to rain lightly at 11am.
The police motorcade arrived on the apron at 10.55am.

The flag-waving team – comprising dozens of adults and primary school pupils – had arrived at about 11.30am, with the national and SAR flags on their hands. There were two huge red banners which read “warmly welcome President Xi Jinping and the lady to visit Hong Kong” and “warmly celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to the motherland”.
The waiting media asked two questions, one on political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, recently released on medical grounds, and the other on interpretation of Basic Law but Xi left without answering them.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2100499/president-xi-jinping-lands-hong-kong-three-day-handover