One the city's best-known bachelors, celebrity eye doctor Dennis Lam Shun-chiu, is to marry a mainland woman he fell in love with during a poverty-relief trip to Tibet last year. Announcing news certain to break the hearts of many young women in Hong Kong, Professor Lam said the big day was fixed for March 26 and the banquet would be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. But he did not reveal the identity of the woman whose 'inner beauty' swept him off his feet. 'She is not a public figure, and she has asked me to keep a low profile,' he said. His friends described her as gorgeous. But he said: 'It is not about her appearance, it is about her heart. She is an understanding and friendly person with a very kind heart.' They first met three years ago when she entered TVB's Miss Chinese International beauty pageant, of which he was a judge. His mainland-born and -raised fiancee did not win and went overseas to study for a master's degree. After finishing her studies she came to work in Hong Kong and has been doing aid work on the mainland since then. Professor Lam, 46, is a success role model. After obtaining his medical degree in 1984, he joined Chinese University in 1990 as a lecturer in ophthalmology. In 1994, he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong and in 1995, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. In 1998, he became chairman of Chinese University's department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. Now he is also the director of the Chinese University/Shantou University Joint Shantou International Eye Centre. For the past 10 years he has been doing voluntary work on the mainland. In 1997, Professor Lam helped set up a programme called Lifeline Express, giving free cataract surgery to mainlanders. 'In July, we went for a Lifeline Express trip to Tibet and Qinghai and we had a chance to get to know each other better,' he said. In an interview with the Post in January last year, he said he was still waiting for his dream girl. 'Shared happiness is double happiness and shared sorrow is half sorrow,' he said. 'I always want to have someone to share with.'