Melania Trump visits 'ordinary primary school' in downtown Beijing

US First Lady Melania Trump (2nd left) and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (left) are shown an artwork in a calligraphy class during a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on Nov 9, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - United States First Lady Melania Trump spent time with Beijing primary school pupils on Thursday (Nov 9) while President Donald Trump met Chinese leaders for bilateral talks at the Great Hall of the People.

Accompanied by China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, Mrs Trump watched a cultural performance, painted pandas and took part in a cooking class at Banchang elementary school.

The 47-year-old former model also observed various arts and crafts classes, including one on fashion, where she helped a pupil embellish a traditional cheongsam.

According to state-run newspaper China Daily, the school in the Dongcheng district in downtown Beijing is "an ordinary primary school" with 29 classes and more than 1,000 pupils.

Mrs Trump started the second day of her Beijing visit at the welcome ceremony in the morning at the Great Hall of the People with Mr Trump.

Despite the temperatures dipping below 10 deg C, Mrs Trump donned a flowing Dolce & Gabbana half-sleeve gown without an overcoat. She stood out on the red carpet in her black floor-length dress, which featured elaborate brocade white and pink flowers.

Madame Peng, on the other hand, was warmly dressed in a black coat over a knee-length brown cheongsam, with only its high collar and hemline peeking out from under the coat.

Mrs Trump is accompanying Mr Trump on a three-day state visit to China, which ends today. She will visit the Beijing zoo to interact with giant pandas and tour the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China before returning to the United States.

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