US First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday visited a high school in Beijing at the start of a week-long visit to China aimed at encouraging person-to-person exchanges.

Ms. Obama was joined by Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Accompanied by her daughters and mother, Ms. Obama practiced writing the Chinese character for “eternal” under the guidance of 16-year-old student Lu Yuhong.

Ms. Peng then wrote out a four-character couplet and presented it as a gift to Ms. Obama.

Ms. Peng will accompany Ms. Obama to the former Imperial Palace, to be followed by a private dinner and a performance.

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