CHIEF Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang is to visit Anhui, her home province in the mainland, this weekend, just eight weeks after her secret trip to Beijing. But this time the trip will be purely personal. Mrs Chan and her family will be present for Friday's premiere of the television series Fang Zhen-wu, based on the life of her World War II hero grandfather. She was invited by the Anhui office of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the organisation responsible for the united front strategy to woo prominent figures from outside China. A Hong Kong government spokesman said it was not known whether Mrs Chan would meet senior officials during her three-day stay in Anhui. But she emphasised that Mrs Chan would not make another surprise visit to Beijing. The Chief Secretary had made it clear that her next official visit to Beijing would be publicised, the spokesman said. Mrs Chan visited Beijing in early July, meeting Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs, including Vice-Premier Qian Qichen. The visit was seen as an attempt to break the frosty relationship between the Hong Kong and Chinese governments, which was provoked by Governor Chris Patten's political reform package to extend the election franchise. The television series on General Fang has been produced by Anhui Television to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the victory over Japan. The growing popularity of Mrs Chan in China was illustrated by a recent Guangdong television report on her prominent position in the local political arena. But Preliminary Working Committee member Xu Simin said this weekend's visit should not be seen as a sign that China was blessing her as a candidate for the post of Special Administrative Region chief executive. 'It will be too early to jump to the conclusion that she is the chief executive-designate in China's mind. Anhui is her homeland and she has visited it before,' he said. But Mr Xu was certain that her mainland connections would enhance dialogue between Mrs Chan and the Chinese authorities. The Hong Kong Government spokesman said Mrs Chan's schedule had yet to be finalised by the Chinese side. However, it has been confirmed she will visit a technical school named after her grandfather and also visit her ancestors' tomb. Mrs Chan last visited Anhui in 1993 after she was appointed local Chief Secretary. Meanwhile, she is to visit the United States early next month to receive an honorary doctorate from Tufts University. According to the president of the university, she is being honoured for her distinguished achievements and dedication in the public service.