The pair of giant pandas bound for Hong Kong as a handover anniversary gift from the central government will go on public view on July 1, Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said yesterday. Mr Zeman made the announcement in Beijing after signing an agreement with the Wolong Nature Reserve Administration to deliver the pandas on April 26. Two other agreements involving reproduction research and rearing the pandas were signed in the presence of Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping and officials from the State Forestry Administration. A ceremony at Hong Kong International Airport will welcome the 18-month-old cubs, which have still to be named, although they are likely to be out of sight due to quarantine restrictions. 'We are still considering the arrangements and hope that we won't disappoint the public,' Dr Ho said, adding he hoped the cubs' names would be revealed at the ceremony. The pandas will complete a 30-day quarantine period on the mainland before they are transported with a police escort from Wolong to Chengdu and then flown to Hong Kong on a chartered flight next week. They will be taken to Ocean Park by truck and accompanied by two handlers from Wolong to help ensure a smooth transition. The pandas will spend another month in quarantine in Hong Kong and much of June acclimatising to their new environment. A preview would be arranged for VIPs on June 30, Mr Zeman said. He added that from April 26 a webcam would allow people to monitor the pandas via the park's website. Zhang Hemin , director of Wolong Nature Reserve Administration, said Ocean Park employees had been at the reserve learning how to take care of the pandas. 'We are also cultivating the pandas' relationship by letting them live with each other, so that they will better adapt to their life in Hong Kong,' he said.