Pro-Beijing groups took to Hong Kong's streets yesterday to hail Yang Liwei and announced plans to invite the national hero to Hong Kong. Participants held posters of Lieutenant-Colonel Yang, and they waved Hong Kong and national flags to celebrate China's first manned space mission. One group of middle-aged women were dressed in head to toe in red and pink, the traditional Chinese colours of happiness. The parade was organised by 10 groups, led by the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong. Four sturdy men carried a model spaceship, and the crowd chanted slogans as they made their way to Southorn Playground in Wan Chai. Tsang Kam-yuk, 63, said: 'The first thing I did on Wednesday morning was look for news about our national hero Yang Liwei. And when I heard that he was back with us safe and sound, tears filled my eyes.' DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing said about 5,000 people participated in the parade, but it was hardly overcrowded at Charter Garden in Central where the event started. 'We are planning to invite Mr Yang to visit Hong Kong, and we have already received more than 10,000 signatures [in support of a visit],' he said. 'We will also collect letters from the public and send them on to Beijing.' People who want to write to Colonel Yang inviting him to Hong Kong can contact the DAB's district offices. The party is also working with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to seek central government permission to exhibit the Shenzhou V spacecraft in Hong Kong.