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Michelle Obama gets tips on China visit from schoolchildren

Published on Mar 5, 2014 11:15 AM

When United States First Lady Michelle Obama visited students at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School and asked them what she should expect for her upcoming visit to China, she was both surprised and impressed by the practical advice she received.

One 11-year-old told her to watch out for pickpockets, another informed her that queuing was not part of the Chinese culture, others warned her to drink only bottled water, while yet another told her to "be prepared for people staring at you, because you are the president's wife".

To which Mrs Obama -- who is making a rare solo diplomatic trip to China later this month -- replied: "It's all good practical advice. It's a big city... I got to watch myself, I got to be a smart traveller."

Mrs Obama visited the school in preparation for her trip to China, where she will focus on the "power and importance of education", according to the White House blog. She is calling for students to follow her journey in China through social media, and also participate by telling her what they are most interested to learn about China.

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