While the Hong Kong tourist industry is reeling under the impact of the bird flu scare and Asian economic slump, four young people have been working hard to promote the SAR. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups organised an exchange tour in which the delegates were sent to Japan to escort 200 teenagers to Hong Kong. After a week-long tour of Japan, university student Leung Mei-see, Form Five student Xie Yi, social worker Cecilia Ng Kam-kuen and library assistant Patrick Lam Ho-wah accompanied the 200 Japanese teenagers on the 30th Shizuoka Youth Goodwill Cruise. On board luxury cruise liner Shin Sakura Maru, the four SAR delegates held three Hong Kong Nights to introduce the visitors to their home's various delights. 'During the four days on the cruise, I was like a pop star. Many Japanese came to take pictures with me,' Ms Leung, a first-year social work student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said. Ms Leung said she was happy their Hong Kong Nights had received such a good response from the Japanese delegates. 'I told many of them to try the Pearl Sago milkshake, and many of them did . . . some of them even sent me gifts for my good recommendation,' she said. Xie Yi, 17, a Form Five student at Heung To Middle School, said: 'Many of them [Japanese delegates] asked some thorny questions, like 'How does Hong Kong feel about Japanese occupation during World War II?' or 'Are Hong Kong people deprived of freedoms after the handover?'.' Xie Yi - the only one of the local delegates to speak Japanese - said some Japanese delegates were very familiar with Canto-pop divas. 'Some of them have come to Hong Kong before. Many of them know Kelly Chan and Faye Wong. Some even know Faye Wong was previously called Wong Ching-man. They like to buy her CDs,' he said. According to Xie Yi, most of the Japanese delegates regard Hong Kong as a 'shopping paradise'. 'When we introduce a shop, they are very eager to know where it is,' he said. 'They always ask where they can find cheap goods and where most of the shops are located.' When the ship arrived in the SAR, members of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups acted as guides for the visitors.