China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, will attend a flag-raising ceremony and a public welcoming reception at the Hong Kong Stadium during his six-day visit in the city starting this Friday. Government officials said Colonel Yang would be accompanied by a team of 30 top space scientists and engineers, and activities will range from seminars on China's space programmes to sightseeing activities in the city. Representatives from government departments and non-government organisations yesterday met at the Central Government Offices to map out details of the arrangements, with the Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping chairing the meeting. While a government spokesman said details of the arrangements would be announced early this week, it is understood that Colonel Yang will meet Mr Tung at Government House on Friday. He will attend a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai before participating in the opening ceremony of a four-day exhibition at the Science Museum on Saturday. Exhibits will include the re-entry capsule of Colonel Yang's Shenzhou V spacecraft and its parachute, his space suit and meals created for space travellers. In the afternoon, Colonel Yang will attend a welcoming reception at the Hong Kong Stadium, which has a capacity of 40,000. The team will also give a public seminar to about 1,000 participants at City Hall on November 3. The government said it had yet to decide the ticketing arrangements for the seminars and exhibitions. Government officials confirmed yesterday that Colonel Yang would stay in Hong Kong until November 5 - two days more than announced by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa on Friday. A government spokesman explained the government only included Colonel Yang's public appearances in the previous announcement.