Pandas skilled in the use of metre-long chopsticks and a tiger-versus-fox tale were among the Chinese fables which Hong Kong International School pupils incorporated into their explanations for the handover. About 200 primary students from Grades Three, Four and Five staged Red Star Over Hong Kong at the school's Repulse Bay site. The school's annual revue focused on the meaning of the June 30 return to Chinese sovereignty. Dance, song and instrumental music from Chinese and Western traditions featured in the production. The show opened with questions about the ramifications of the handover and an overview of historical events which, through the Opium Wars, led to Hong Kong becoming a British territory. Through the use of fables in the book, A Chinese Zoo, the revue addressed handover-related concerns and emphasised the importance of understanding and co-operation. Computer-generated images from A Chinese Zoo were projected on to the stage backdrop. One child told the story of pandas who ate with metre-long chopsticks. Pandas in purgatory were frustrated because they could not feed themselves. But their comrades in heaven with chopstick skills were content as they could feed each other. The tiger-and-fox story was used as a metaphor for Hong Kong and its complex relationship with the mainland. A big tiger wanted to eat the fox, but believed the fox was the king of the forest when it saw animals scattering out of its way. The tiger, though, did not realise that it was from him, and not the fox, that the animals were fleeing. The child narrator said: 'If you think of Hong Kong as being the fox, the moral of this story is small creatures must live by their wits; suggesting that the large size of China may be of benefit to Hong Kong.' Grade Five students Cathryn Chu Chian-yee and Jackie Wong, both aged 11, thought the fables were complicated. 'I hadn't heard of them before and I didn't quite get their meaning,' Jackie said. 'They are different to Western folk tales and less straightforward to comprehend.' But Chian-yee said the pandas and chopsticks fable helped explain Hong Kong's future. 'If some people don't help each other, they will have a much more difficult time,' she said. If Hong Kong and China don't co-operate, both will have a difficult time.' The school's music teacher Lauralynn Smith said the main issues related to co-operation. 'It is nothing to fear, though we have to have a cautious eye,' she said of the handover. 'After all, it isn't the end of the world.' The final narrative in Red Star Over Hong Kong declared that students had learned there were more cultural similarities than differences between the West and China. Ms Smith wrote the musical revue; Thomas Goetz Smith directed.