Wu Bangguo on charm offensive among the locals before protesters heat up his welcome at banquet National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo entered the Christmas spirit during his first day in Hong Kong by giving a computer to a family and 1,000 books to a youth college near Sham Shui Po. But he was also greeted by protesters demanding more, including help for the release of jailed Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong, family reunions for right-of-abode seekers and a quicker pace for democratic reform. Mr Wu arrived at noon and had lunch with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Saying he wanted to 'experience the changes of Hong Kong', he met about 100 students studying at the Vocational Training Centre's Youth College campus in So Uk. With Mr Tsang acting as his interpreter, Mr Wu visited four classes at the college and looked at how students created animation, danced and learned haircutting and makeup skills. Then he donated about 1,000 books and CDs - mainly on Chinese history and culture - to the school's library. The college's headmaster, Raymond Pang Chin-tung, said Mr Wu was friendly to the students - even though their Putonghua was not very fluent. 'He chatted with some of our students and encouraged one who has been learning how to cut hair, saying that if he went on learning with diligence, he would become a master in the profession,' Mr Pang said. Mr Wu then visited a family of four living on So Uk Estate and gave a computer as a gift to the two children and a Fujian-style tea set to the family. 'Mr Wu wants to understand more about the livelihood and economic situations in Hong Kong, such as how we live in such a crowded environment,' said Wu Kin-wing, a dim sum master. The family told Mr Wu they were prospering and making money from the booming stock market. But the reception was less harmonious at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, where Mr Wu attended a banquet last night. Hundreds of protesters - from democrats, Falun Gong practitioners and families of abode seekers - shouted outside the venue. A brief scuffle with police - who vastly outnumbered the protesters - broke out at about 5pm when activists including legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung tried to charge through the barriers. At the banquet, Mr Leung continued his protest and shouted slogans such as 'reverse the verdict of June 4' and 'return political power to the people' when Mr Tsang was due to deliver his speech. Within seconds he was whisked away from the 450 dinner guests by a group of security staff. Today, Mr Wu is expected to have breakfast with tycoon Li Ka-shing before heading to the Asia World Expo to preview the ITU Telecom World 2006. He will meet officials at the central government's liaison office in the afternoon and officiate at the exhibition's opening ceremony. Mr Wu will have dinner at Government House with Mr Tsang and his family, along with Liao Hui , director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Office, and Chen Zuoer , Mr Liao's deputy. Ching's wife, journalist Mary Lau Man-yee, promised to hand Mr Wu her family's petition calling for a review of his case. She was told that she would not be able to meet Mr Wu personally. Lau said the government had also promised to hand their petition to other mainland authorities. Ching's supporters have asked for him to be given medical parole or be allowed to serve his sentence in Guangzhou.