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Kenneth Fok and Guo Jingjing host Nansha wedding banquet

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 5:10am
 

After the first instalment of their HK$15 million wedding extravaganza in Hong Kong on Thursday, Guo Jingjing and Kenneth Fok Kai-kong were ready to party again - this time in the Fok family's ancestral home of Nansha in Guangzhou.

Following their formal vows at the family residence in Pok Fu Lam, the 31-year-old Olympic diving queen and the 33-year-old grandson of late billionaire Henry Fok Ying-tung - and eldest son of Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting - yesterday welcomed guests to a lavish banquet at the family-owned Nansha Grand Hotel.

The glamorous couple were taking no chances with the possibility of gatecrashers (or unwanted media attention) and the hotel facing Nansha Bay was roped off and guarded. Security personnel lined the hotel driveway up to the doors, making sure only those with an invitation entered.

Media from Hong Kong, who were driven to the hotel and allowed to set up camp at the door, were soon joined by many more mainland media colleagues.

Unlike the Hong Kong wedding when cranes, with photographers perched on top, hovered above the Foks' walled estate to grab the best shots, this was a more private affair.

At about 5pm a fleet of sleek black cars with tinted windows started bringing in A-list guests from Hong Kong, Macau and all over the mainland. Locals gathered outside to see the spectacle.

Among the more than 500 guests were prominent figures like Lu Ping , former director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and at least one unidentified member of the Jordanian royal family.

Guests came toting gifts, with one of the most prominent ones being a large Chinese painting.

After the dinner, the party moved to the lawn facing the harbour, where fireworks were set off for the celebration.

But the revelry has not ended yet. Today, the couple, who met in 2004 and dated for seven years before marrying, will hold another banquet at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

The Foks own many of the most profitable businesses in Nansha, which was developed as a leisure centre by Henry Fok to include a golf course, a luxury resort/hotel and a marina.

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Though the whole thing is water-under-the-bridge, allow me first to bless the young couple a happy life into the future. Now also allow me to make a few soul searching remarks. Frankly, I think it would make much more sense and certainly would be a grand gesture, given the backgrounds of the bride and the bridegroom, by holding a low-key wedding (perhaps involving only family members) and giving the balance what they have spent to charities or sports-specific charities. I say this 'cause certainly neither of the young couple needs any show-off either for fame or fourtune, as both already have them. In the case, unfortunately, the parents also did not show proper balance and guidance to the young ones. However, they cannot be faulted as its the young couple's decision. Anyway, it reflects, and sadly at that, the mentality of the Hong Kong society at large and the rich in particular, and unfortunately, it also projects the mentality of the rich and famous class in China. Just imagine what the people at large in China will think when Hong Kong has been seen to always asking and begging for help from China. Moreover, I think this will also reflect poorly within China's sports community. Having said my piece, I'll also say that Hong Kong is a free society and you can make your own judgement.

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