China's five-star symbol could be adorning major government buildings just minutes after the handover. Twenty-five of the red emblems are already in government storage depots and the Architectural Services Department is preparing to send workers out around midnight on June 30. Tung Chee-hwa is to decide which buildings will display the 'symbol of respect and patriotism for the citizens of China', as official guides describe it. The emblems cost between $1,200 and $2,950 each. 'Suppliers were restricted to accredited factories in China,' said Acting Director of the Supplies Department, Leung Kam-hung. Mr Tung has yet to decide which buildings will get the five-star emblem instead of, or as well as, the Bauhinia - the emblem of the Special Administrative Region of which 280 are in storage. A government spokesman said the number of five-star symbols ordered was decided by analysing the Chinese constitution, which said the emblem had to be displayed at ports, airports, courts and some other major buildings. Mr Tung's spokesman said: 'A decision on the places where the national emblem must be displayed has yet to be made. Nevertheless a decision will be made and announced by the end of June.' Plans state that the grand Hong Kong Armorial Bearings at the entrance to Central Government Offices, on Lower Albert Road, will not be removed until midnight. 'This is regarded as a sign of sovereignty,' a government source said. Preparatory Committee member Professor Lau Siu-kai said it was a good idea for people to learn the meaning of the symbol, but admitted he was a bit hazy himself. 'I don't know too much,' he said. Legislator and Preparatory Committee member David Chu Yu-lin said: 'I'm not sure what the five stars mean. Maybe you should ask Xinhua.'