This photo taken on July 9, 2017 shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. (Roy Liu / China Daily)
QINGDAO - China's Liaoning aircraft carrier formation has returned to a military port in Qingdao in east China on Sunday.
The formation returned after completing maneuvering exercises and a visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) being stationed in HKSAR.
More than 5,000 Hong Kong people boarded the aircraft carrier and three escorting warships.
During their stay in Hong Kong, from July 7 through July 11, members from the fleet held a deck reception and visited an elderly care center to interact with Hong Kong residents.
Navy sailors from the visiting Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, together with 40 soldiers from the People's Liberation Army, visited an elderly care home in Kowloon. (Photo provide to China Daily)
The naval formation, which first set out from Qingdao on June 25, has also carried out trans-regional training at sea to strengthen coordination among the vessels and improve the skills of crew and pilots in different regions.