Portugal's President Jorge Sampaio arrived in Macau yesterday afternoon to formally hand the enclave back to China tomorrow. He flew in from Lisbon aboard a chartered TAP-Air Portugal Airbus and was received by Governor General Vasco Rocha Vieira, Macau Xinhua director Wang Xiren, Bishop Dom Domingos Lam of the Macau Catholic diocese, and local and Chinese dignitaries. Mr Sampaio reviewed a guard of honour before the Portuguese national anthem was played. The President and his entourage, among them former Portuguese president General Ramalho Eanes and former prime minister Anibal Cavaco Silva, were then taken to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. East Timor independence leader Xanana Gusmao was not on board the President's plane as had been expected. 'Mr Gusmao is attending a conference of donor countries in Tokyo, and we expect him to arrive on Saturday,' a Macau government spokesman said at the airport. Mr Sampaio was due to host a dinner party for local and visiting dignitaries at the Macau Government Palace last night. He is scheduled to play golf with the Governor and chief executive-designate Edmund Ho Hau-wah on Coloane Island this morning. Mr Sampaio and President Jiang Zemin will preside over the Sino-Portuguese handover ceremony at midnight tomorrow.