The city is gearing up for the final countdown to Hong Kong's handover at midnight tonight and some residents have planned to dress up to the nines for the historic occasion. Spectacular lighting has been set up around the central Shennan Road area. And colourful balloons, banners, and flags line the streets. Outside the Lowu immigration tower, a huge sculpture featuring two interlocking arches has been erected. Adjacent to it is a miniature of Hong Kong's Central district under a rainbow bridge. The shape of the artwork, entitled Linkage, is said to symbolise the interdependence of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Parks and public squares were flooded with visitors from around the country, who had flocked to Shenzhen to get a 'closer' look at the Special Administrative Region. Clerk Liu Siwu, who flew to Shenzhen from Nanjing for a holiday, said: 'It is an historic day. All Chinese worldwide should be happy about it. Hong Kong is eventually ruled by the Chinese.' His wife Chan Yonghu said she wished she could go to Hong Kong to witness the handover. 'But I think I shall dress up to attend the Honghu Park fireworks display here.' A security guard at Lowu railway station, Mr Wang Zhiquan, 27, said he would be on duty from 8 am tomorrow . Mr Wang said: 'Although I cannot celebrate reunification that day, I think I shall meet the first batch of visitors crossing the Lowu border.' But taxi driver Mr Chen Luo, 34, was not altogether happy. He said: 'The Government restricts the number of visitors from other provinces to Shenzhen during the handover period. 'Normally, the queue is very long at the taxi rank. But now you have to be thankful if you see two or three in the queue. 'Many of the drivers suffer losses in business. I hope the restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.' Last-minute preparations were made in Shenzhen yesterday for today's farewell ceremony to the PLA troops who will be stationed in Hong Kong. The ceremony is to be held on the PLA's drill ground in Tongle district, according to Xinhua (the New China News Agency). Four sides of the arena were hung with banners bearing slogans such as: 'Retain the PLA's unique characteristics. Keep Hong Kong prosperous and stable.' A first group of 509 soldiers will cross the border through Huanggang tonight. Tomorrow morning at dawn the main contingent will cross into Hong Kong through Shataukok, Man Kam To and Huanggang.