Native sons-in-law The Lien-Soong mainland tours are turning out to be real family affairs. Lien Chan declared himself a 'son-in-law of Nanjing ' when he made the city his first stop because his wife, Fang Yu, stayed in the city for a while before moving to Taiwan. Hunan native James Soong Chu-yu's wife was born in Xian , the capital of Shaanxi , and the first stop of his mainland visit. And it just so happens Mr Lien was born there too. Before setting off, Mr Soong proclaimed himself a 'Shaanxi son-in-law' and boasted of his ability to speak a little Shaanxi dialect - which he demonstrated enthusiastically upon arrival at Xianyang Airport. Fashion first Fang Yu charmed the masses with her stylish attire while on tour with husband Lien Chan, once seen in three suits in one day. While Ms Fang preferred western fashion, James Soong's wife, Viola Chan Wan-shui, has opted for an east-west fusion. Taiwanese cable network TVBS reported that on her daughter's advice, Ms Chan ordered about 20 modified qi pao. The cross-over styling will be complemented by pearl necklaces. Noted for her eloquence, Ms Chan has taken a higher profile than Ms Fang. All in the family Also visiting the mainland for the first time in five decades will be Mr Soong's mother, Hu Tiao-jung, sisters, brothers and son. While Mr Soong was accompanied by his wife in Xian yesterday, the rest of the family flew to Hunan province and will pay their respects to their ancestors alongside Mr Soong on Monday in their hometown in Xiangtan county. To make the tomb-sweeping ceremony easier for the Soongs, the villagers laid a cement road between the family's tombs and made a sedan-chair for 87-year-old Ms Hu. Handwriting homework In his pre-tour press conference on Tuesday, Mr Soong showed off a calligraphy scroll that he said was a gift for the director of the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office, Chen Yunlin . Bearing in mind that he would have to pen some calligraphy on tour, as did Mr Lien, Mr Soong said he had been practising. Some mainlanders faulted Mr Lien's handwriting as ugly after he penned a scroll at the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing .