The chief executive gets off to a relaxed start in Britain - a country that holds fond memories for him and his wife Probably grateful to leave behind the raging controversies centred on the Equal Opportunities Commission, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa found the perfect way to relax during the start of his five-day European tour - an early morning stroll in London's Hyde Park. As Mr Tung will be busy from today attending a series of official functions, he made the most of his opportunity yesterday to enjoy the city, capital of the nation that has romantic memories for him and his wife, Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping. Sporting a grey overcoat, the 66-year-old braved the dawn chill for his walk following his arrival at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, which overlooks London's landmark park. 'It is great to take a stroll outside, the weather was fine and it was not raining. It is good for your health,' Mr Tung said. Although he left Hong Kong on a Saturday midnight flight, neither Mr Tung's mood nor his physical condition seemed adversely affected by the 12-hour journey. According to those present in the first-class cabin where Mr Tung sat behind his wife, who took her usual travelling place in the first seat in the front row, the chief executive worked late into the night, poring over documents. After their plane touched down at Heathrow, Mr Tung was asked if they had a pleasant journey. He responded with a relaxed smile. Mrs Tung gave thumbs up sign, saying: 'I had a very nice sleep.' She then joked: 'But I imagine you have slept even better as you look so energetic.' Mr Tung and his wife met and fell in love while studying in Britain in the 1960s. The last time he visited was three years ago. Special arrangements were made yesterday for the couple to enjoy some free time before engaging in official functions today and tomorrow. 'Yes, we are going to look around,' Mr Tung said. Mrs Tung took time to visit the hairdresser in the morning before the couple visited friends and attended a private lunch. Mr Tung is due to meet businessmen and Hong Kong residents in Britain today before attending a performance by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra at the Natural History Museum tonight. He will visit Mayor of London Ken Livingstone tomorrow after meeting Prime Minister Tony Blair in the morning, where it is understood issues such as the political, social and economic development in Hong Kong will be discussed. He leaves for France on Wednesday morning before leaving for Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon.