State Councillor Liu Yandong completed her 24-hour whirlwind tour of Hong Kong last night with what seemed to be an outstretched hand to help the city board the mainland's economic express train. At the cocktail reception for the 2009 Boao Youth Forum, Liu said the central government had always supported, and done what was best for both special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau. She urged Hong Kong to grasp the opportunities arising from the nation's economic development under the 12th five-year plan. 'The coming 12th five-year plan will study the positioning of Hong Kong and Macau in the nation's reform and modernisation. I hope you will seize the opportunity and ride the express train of development,' she said. Liu's remarks follow revelations that Hong Kong officials have been busy talking to their mainland counterparts about how the city can play a bigger role in the country's economic development under the 12th five-year plan, which is due to start in 2011. In 2006, for the first time since the handover, Hong Kong was briefly mentioned in a five-year plan. Yesterday morning, Liu had breakfast with former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, before touring the University of Hong Kong. She visited 92-year old Jao Tsung-I, one of the most revered living Chinese humanities scholars. Liu said Premier Wen Jiabao had personally requested that she pay Jao a visit and send his regards. During the afternoon, she also found time to meet various tycoons, while in the evening she made herself available for an official photo with more than 130 representatives of various pro-Beijing youth groups.