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Meet the Hong Kong man who spent HK$400,000 to pop the big question, and she said ... ?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 August, 2015, 5:05am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 August, 2015, 2:42pm

It had all the makings of a Hollywood action thriller: a six-figure budget, a dramatic helicopter ride, sky-high action from the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong and a 10-minute window to make the deal of a lifetime.

But this mission impossible was no blockbuster movie, but a Hong Kong man spending close to HK$400,000 to propose to his girlfriend.

"I'm so surprised, I didn't expect that it would happen today because before, I always chased him to propose but he just said 'maybe November or December" so this was totally beyond my expectations," a teary Stephanie Cheung, 30, said yesterday, just minutes after saying yes to the big question.

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For Victor Tang, 37, it was the perfect end to months of secretly planning the elaborate proposal to Cheung, who also works for Hutchison Global Communications.

First, he went shopping for a 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring that cost more than HK$200,000. Then he booked the couple into a HK$26,000 corner suite at the Ritz-Carlton more than 100 floors up in the ICC in West Kowloon, with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.

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This was followed by the HK$150,000 helicopter flight, which went past the hotel room at precisely the right time pulling a massive banner - 15 metres tall and 30 metres long, or the size of a basketball court - with the words: "I love you! Stephanie BB, will you marry me?"

And to top it all off, he spent another HK$15,000 for a video crew to capture the event.

"She doesn't like typical proposals," Tang said of his girlfriend of just over one year, so he ruled out the idea of going down on one knee in a fancy restaurant.

"She's shy so she wanted something more private but something dramatic, exciting, not traditional."

Yesterday afternoon, after months of planning, the helicopter flying the red banner, which weighed almost 100kg, took off from Lantau.

The round trip takes about 50 minutes so Tang's one-hour booking left him with just 10 minutes to make sure Stephanie was looking out over Victoria Harbour as the helicopter flew past.

"Some people will say it's crazy to do this, but she didn't ask for a big house or a high-class car and she doesn't always buy shoes or dresses or asks to go to fancy restaurants," Tang said. "But she wanted a memorable wedding proposal.

"I never imagined I would do something like this. I'm not a rich guy but I control my budget."

Gavin Neale, whose company HeliAds arranged the event, said as far as he knew, Tang's proposal by helicopter was a world first. Many people had used a plane to pop the question, which worked out much cheaper but was not possible in Hong Kong due to air safety rules.