PLA soldiers remain a curiosity and have become a new tourist attraction. On sunny weekends the footbridge from Hutchison House across Connaught Road Central is packed with onlookers spying on the swimming pool at the Prince of Wales Barracks to get a glimpse of the soldiers off-duty. It is the ultra-formal attitude of the troops that most interests people. Apart from the synchronised waving from some trucks as the SAR Garrison entered Hong Kong at dawn on July 1, barely anyone has seen the troops bat an eyelid, much less move a muscle. People crowded around to have their photographs taken with the men guarding the Prince of Wales Barracks on the first day after the change of sovereignty but despite the jostling the soldiers remained stock-still, staring straight ahead. At Stanley Fort the soldiers have been more relaxed and have posed for pictures before snapping back to attention when an official car drove in. The military sites are generally guarded by two servicemen, at least one of them armed. The naval division is in charge at the Stonecutters Island Base and the Air Force provides security at the Sek Kong Station but elsewhere the guards wear the new green uniform of the Army. Last week an elderly woman walking past Gun Club Hill Barracks in Tsim Sha Tsui said she barely believed the motionless guards were human. 'Look - they do not move, it's like they're made of wood,' she said. At Gun Club Hill, the only national or SAR flags are next door at the Kowloon Bowling Green Club, though the five stars of China do fly at Stonecutters, Prince of Wales Barracks, Sek Kong and Osborn Barracks. So far all the British names of the sites have remained, and at Cassino Lines in the New Territories there is even a sign pointing to the British Officers' Mess.