It has been a hectic two weeks for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, meeting the public and the people with the real power to 'elect' him. But just how public were his walkabouts and 'meet the people' tours? The only ones that could be called truly public were a tour of Hong Kong Island and his surprise trip to Amoy Gardens. In Hollywood Road, Central, last Thursday he visited his old haunts. These included police quarters in nearby Aberdeen Street where he grew up and where he stopped by to greet a shopkeeper he had known for years. This was followed by a curtailed trip to the IFC Mall where Mr Tsang had to cancel a lunch at Maxim's because of the crowd of media and onlookers. In the crush, his wife, Salina Tsang Pow Siu-mei, was accidentally hit on the head by a TV camera. But Mr Tsang sneaked back to the restaurant for a chat with staff and customers after the crowds and media had dispersed. His trip to Aberdeen later in the day consisted of a pre-arranged meeting with a fishing family on their boat - a location not exactly suitable for greeting large crowds. One reporter who followed the candidate that day said: 'It was more 'meet the cameras, rather than meet the people'.' Mr Tsang's Sunday afternoon visit to Amoy Gardens three days later was much more low-key. Dodging the media throng and protesters who had been following him on his publicised schedule, he paid a secret visit to the estate that lost 42 people to the Sars outbreak. The next day brought a well-choreographed visit to New Territories community centres to meet a select group of the public. A pool system that only allowed a small number of reporters and photographers to attend meant Mr Tsang would not encounter a media crush this time. He joined women in a cookery class at the Tin Shui Wai Community Centre before moving on to the Yan Oi Tong Jockey Club Community and Sports Centre in Tuen Mun, followed by lunch at a friend's Chiu Chow restaurant in Tsuen Wan. Mr Tsang's other encounters with the public were on two radio phone-ins with RTHK and Commercial Radio. He also gave one press conference - to announce his candidacy - plus interviews with Metro Radio and ATV World. Since a politician clearly needs to talk to those with the power to elect him, entire days have been set aside to meet members of the Election Committee since he launched his campaign on June 2. Described on his own website as 'closed-door meetings', Mr Tsang's appointments were with representatives from the social work, legal, labour, social services, religious, social welfare, commercial, finance and professional sectors. He has also seen Legco members and district-based organisations, plus Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.