High-rise party time peak
Sunday 29 June 1997
The guest list for tomorrow's handover ceremonies has not yet been made public, but among celebrities coming to Hong Kong, or rumoured to be on their way, are Liza Minnelli, Sean Connery and Mel Gibson plus family. Jeremy Irons, China's top star Gong Li, and film director Wayne Wang are in town to put the finishing touches to their movie Chinese Box, in which Irons plays a journalist reporting the handover.
Some people are working their passage, including Grace Jones, Boy George and Banarama, appearing at a giant rave at Kowloon's Hi-Tech Centre, while Lisa Stansfield and Wet Wet Wet are billed at a concert at Happy Valley racecourse.
Private balls and handover parties are too numerous to count, with Hong Kong's billionaires competing to stage the most lavish event in the most eye-catching setting, such as the Peak or the tops of the tallest skyscrapers. Ong Chin Huat, social editor of the Hong Kong Tatler, says he will be "party-hopping - I couldn't guess how many".
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Power of Nepal earthquake was equivalent to 20 huge atomic bombs
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Support Engi...
£29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Engineer is required ...