Leung Chai-yan, the daughter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has checked in on Facebook saying that she is in London. Chai-yan was previously said to be hospitalised.

She said on Wednesday morning that she had arrived at Heathrow Airport: “Back in London!!! Sooo happy ! My second favourite city/ home in the world!”

Photo: Facebook.

Earlier this month, reports emerged that she had been hospitalised had been under the care of psychiatrists since October.

Leung Chun-ying and his wife were seen visiting the Prince of Wales Hospital days before Leung announced he would not seek a second term on December 9. He said he wished to spare his family the “unbearable pressure” of running for ­re-election.

In this picture taken on March 14, 2015, Leung Chai-yan, 23, daughter of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying poses on the red carpet during the 2015 amfAR Hong Kong gala at Shaw Studios in Hong Kong. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.

In an interview, pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king said last week that Chai-yan was “very ill” and that “it is a fact that Chai-yan and her mum do not have a good relationship.”

Despite refusing to say whether Chai-yan has been discharged from the hospital, Leung’s wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee said on Monday that Chai-yan was “in good health.”

Leung Chun-ying. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

She criticised Lee’s words as only speculative: “I had a meal with Lee a week before she said that – I told her at the time, Chai-yan was in good health.”

“I don’t understand why she would say that. I am disappointed by the assertive comments made on the basis of one-sided information,” she said.

Lee later said she was glad to know Chai-yan was in good health and wished her a speedy recovery.

Chai-yan has been active on social media including on Facebook and Instagram.

In June 2014, Chai-yan posted photos suggesting an attempt to self-harm. Leung Chun-ying later said his daughter needed a quiet environment and urged the public to give her and his family space. In March last year, Chai-yan claimed on Facebook that she was slapped and kicked by her mother – who she said was a “deranged woman” – and said she would leave home forever.

Leung responded, saying that Chai-yan had been visiting doctors when she was in the UK owing to emotional issues.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.