HONG KONG — Prince Charles and Princess Diana arrived in Hong Kong today for a three-day official visit, possibly the last by British royalty before the colony reverts to China in 1997.
All air traffic was halted before the royal flight touched down at Kai Tak Airport, which has one of the world's most spectacular runways, jutting out into the harbor.
Charles is expected to hear the concerns of Chinese in Hong Kong who are worried about their future under Beijing sovereignty. Local fears have been heightened by the crushing in June of China's pro-democracy movement.
The couple had been scheduled to visit China, but the trip was canceled after the brutal crackdown in Beijing, and they went to Indonesia instead after a last-minute invitation by President Suharto.