Calendar of Events in 1998
July
1
In a speech marking the first anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty, Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa calls on Hong Kong citizens to 'summon unprecedented courage' in building a brighter future for the HKSAR. The 5 500 guests at the Hong Kong Coliseum include President Jiang Zemin and Vice-Premier Qian Qichen.
  President Jiang Zemin opens the world's newest airport - Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok - then takes off on his return to Beijing, a few hours before US President Clinton lands on a brief visit to Hong Kong.
3   The Chief Secretary for Administration and the Financial Secretary have talks with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her brief visit to Hong Kong.
4   The government launches a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the potential problems associated with computers and other electronic equipment in the year 2000.
6   Cathay Pacific aircraft flight CX 251 leaves Hong Kong International Airport, Kai Tak at 00.02 am, the last passenger flight from the airport before its closure. It is bound for London's Heathrow airport. The last incoming passenger aircraft is a Dragonair flight, KA841, arriving from Chongqing, which lands at 11.38 pm on the 5th. Aircraft movements continue with 29 planes flying to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok before Kai Tak's lights are turned off after almost 70 years. Technical problems at the new airport affect passenger traffic for several days and a major cargo computer failure forces Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited to reopen its Kai Tak facilities until the end of August.
7   The government announces the establishment of the Provisional Hong Kong Science Park Company Limited to undertake planning and development work of the Science Park project at Tai Po.
10   Height restrictions imposed on buildings to ensure the safety of aircraft using Kai Tak Airport are lifted following the removal of the airport operation to the new aerodrome at Chek Lap Kok.
11   The Bank for International Settlements opens its Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific in Hong Kong. It is the bank's first overseas office and it will serve as a regional centre for Asia. The bank, founded in 1930, is an international financial organisation with a membership of 45 shareholding central banks.
20   Conditions are removed from people from Taiwan passing through Hong Kong en route to or from the mainland using Mainland Travel Permits.
  The Chief Executive hosts a dinner at Government House in honour of the visiting Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The Duke has just visited Beijing and Xian and is the first member of the British royal family to visit the Hong Kong SAR since its establishment on July 1, 1997.