In pictures: Hong Kong rolls out red carpet for Liaoning aircraft carrier and accompanying warships
Two destroyers and a frigate enter local waters along with China’s famous aircraft carrier
Two destroyers and a frigate from the battle group led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier were given a red-carpet welcome by Hong Kong’s top officials Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung at the People’s Liberation Army’s base on Stonecutters Island.
The CNS Liaoning sailed into Hong Kong waters, its first port call in the city, at about 7am on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Chinese rule.
The fleet comprises the aircraft carrier, the guided-missile destroyers CNS Jinan and CNS Yinchuan, the guided-missile frigate CNS Yantai, and several J-15 carrier-borne fighter jets and helicopters.
Watch: China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning sails into Hong Kong water
The Yantai arrived at the base at about 9am. The frigate was greeted by a fireboat – which welcomed the ship by spraying water – lion dancers and students in white caps, white shirts and crimson skirts or trousers waving Chinese and Hong Kong flags.
The Yinchuan approached at about 9.45am, with lion dancers performing amid the sound of gongs and drums, pupils and soldiers waving and guests rushing out of their seats to take photos and selfies. Crew members lined the deck and waved back.
A private party will be held on Friday, while the ships will be open for public viewing over the weekend.
The fleet will depart from Hong Kong next Tuesday.