No challenge will be too big for Hong Kong in the face of tough economic times, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will reaffirm in his Lunar New Year message. With a recession in full swing, Mr Tsang hopes to use his Lunar New Year greeting to instil confidence. 'Hongkongers are no strangers to adversity,' he will say, according to an advance copy issued by the government. 'We're used to thriving on challenges. I believe that if we pull together as a community, no challenge will be too big for Hong Kong.' In his Christmas message, the chief executive told Hongkongers to stay confident about the future and that the government would be decisive in facing the challenges ahead. The chief executive's new year message will be broadcast on television, radio and on the government's website at noon today and will be repeated tomorrow, Lunar New Year's Day. The message will be in a one-minute video that also shows Mr Tsang and his wife shopping and checking how retailers are faring. 'Amid the current global financial turmoil, people may rein in their spending,' Mr Tsang says. 'I am glad to see the retail market is better than expected and happy to see people going home with bags full of goodies.' The video shows the couple visiting a centre for the elderly where they hand out scarves to celebrate the festive season. The couple also distribute items they bought at the annual Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo last month, when Mr Tsang spent more than HK$10,000 on noodles, biscuits, a microwave oven and two electric stoves for distribution to homes for the elderly and charities.