The Liberals' visit to the Communist Central Party School today should give the lawmakers a glimpse into how Beijing instils loyalty and discipline in its cadres. But Liberals' chairman James Tien Pei-chun said the 43-strong delegation might not learn much from the one-hour visit. 'We will only be there for a tour and you cannot simply learn much in one hour. I guess we will be shown around the place and hear about its culture.' It is not clear what Beijing hoped to achieve by scheduling the visit, which the Liberals had not requested because of the short, two-day duration of their visit. Nor is it clear whether the party's opposition to the government's proposed goods and services tax had anything to do with the arrangement. Mr Tien said the atmosphere on the first day was better than in 2003, when they visited just after the national security legislation issue. At a closed-door meeting in the morning with Chen Zuoer, deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Mr Tien went to the washroom at the last minute, forcing Mr Chen to wait. 'I ate and drank a lot during breakfast, that's why,' Mr Tien said. Beforehand, Mr Tien, who arrived 10 minutes early, went for a stroll in the park outside the meeting hall in the Diaoyu State Guesthouse, taking group photographs with his colleagues. After a welcoming speech, Mr Chen interrupted Mr Tien's comment about traffic conditions in the capital by saying, 'I hope you have a smooth journey in Beijing.' Silence descended and Mr Tien and Mr Chen sat expressionless before journalists were ushered out of the meeting room. Liberal Party leaders will meet Vice-president Zeng Qinghong today and they return to Hong Kong this evening. But a participant insisted the atmosphere at the meeting with Mr Chen was good. The party will decide whether to convey the same message to Mr Zeng.