A towering new landmark which will provide a gateway for visitors to the territory was opened yesterday in spectacular style. The Lantau Link, comprising the Tsing Ma suspension bridge and the cable-stayed Kap Shui Mun Bridge, was opened by former British prime minister Lady Thatcher. But Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa turned down an invitation to attend the ceremony, saying he had better things to do. Fireworks and lasers lit up the night sky in the most extensive pyrotechnic display ever seen in Hong Kong, to celebrate the opening of the $7.1 billion suspension bridge and the $1.6 billion cable-stayed bridge. With the sunset providing a brilliant backdrop, Lady Thatcher declared open what she said was an 'impressive and inspiring entrance' to Hong Kong. 'Standing here, at Hong Kong's gateway to the world, it is a visible sign of what Hong Kong represents - a rare and fruitful combination of diverse talents and cultures,' she said. The Lantau Link is intended to carry passengers by train and car from the new Chek Lap Kok airport, which is due to open next year, to the heart of Hong Kong. The ceremony began with a flotilla of police and other government launches beneath the giant span of the Tsing Ma Bridge, before helicopters from the Government Flying Service and the Royal Air Force staged a flypast over the huge concrete towers. More than 1,000 guests watched as Lady Thatcher, together with Governor Chris Patten and Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, switched on the lights across the two bridges. Lady Thatcher and the Governor were then driven across the bridge at the head of a motorcade carrying senior officials and foreign guests. Fireworks and lasers then lit up the sky in a grand finale which included a cascade of fire pouring from the length of the Tsing Ma Bridge as part of a 20-minute, $5 million display. Mr Tung said he had not attended the ceremony because he felt his time was better spent by visiting officials in Guangdong.