He may have received unequivocal support from various ministries and commissions during his four-day visit to Beijing, but Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was looking just a little bit nervous when the climax of the trip - meeting state leaders - finally came around yesterday. Despite a friendly start by Wen Jiabao , who approached reporters to wish them Happy New Year then shook the chief executive's hand warmly for about 15 seconds, Mr Tsang looked tense as he took his seat next to the premier at Zhongnanhai. The Hong Kong leader kept glancing down at his prepared script even though he wasn't speaking as Mr Wen heaped praise on the city's economic achievement. He only stole a look at him when the forecast of 6.5 per cent economic growth was mentioned. It was in marked contrast to Mr Tsang's confident demeanour a couple of days earlier when he boasted that the city's economy was the best in 20 years. Then came the exhortation by Mr Wen to remain cool-headed in the face of a hot economy. This seemed to have acted as a wake-up call for the preoccupied chief executive. Mr Tsang suddenly became more attentive and looked the premier in the eye for the first time. He seemed a lot less tense during his meeting with President Hu Jintao and kept eye contact with him throughout. In an unusually relaxed atmosphere for such occasions, journalists were allowed to move in closer after the ritual handshake pictures. Before speaking to Mr Tsang, the president adjusted the microphone as if to check whether the sound system was all right before proclaiming that he 'fully recognised' the chief executive and the Hong Kong government's works. This prompted a 'thank you' from Mr Tsang, his only words during the five-minute photo call. Despite a busy day, the chief executive showed no sign of exhaustion when reviewing the achievements made during the trip at a press briefing last night. Asked how he felt, he declared: 'My feelings are just like yours - I've worked quite happily.'