Panda diplomacy as Melania Trump visits bears at Beijing zoo

  • Panda diplomacy as Melania Trump visits bears at Beijing zoo

Panda diplomacy as Melania Trump visits bears at Beijing zoo

First lady Melania Trump looked as chic as ever Friday as she toured China's famed Great Wall at Mutianyu, two hours north of Beijing city center. The flag-waving children who greeted her at the zoo were given stuffed bald eagles.

Earlier Friday, the Slovenian immigrant and former fashion model went to the Beijing zoo to check out a very important panda.

She rode a cable vehicle to a watchtower, signed a guestbook and strolled along a stretch of the wall for about half an hour with a small group of aides and security officers, according to the Associated Press. Wonderful to meet Gu Gu!

The interviewer asked how she felt, one year on from President Trump's election, being First Lady.

In an act of sartorial diplomacy, First Lady Melania Trump stepped out in Beijing, where she is now accompanying President Trump on a tour of Asia, in a black embroidered Gucci gown inspired by elements of a traditional Cheongsam.

Accompanied by Peng, Melania watched a cultural performance, painted pandas and participated in a cooking class at a primary school on Thursday.

In a statement issued at the conclusion of her trip to China, she thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan for their hospitality during the visit.

In China, she wore mostly austere coats and dark gowns from Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, in contrast with her magenta Delpozo outfit and electric-blue heels upon landing in South Korea days before.

"I still think Mama oozes more grace, while also exuding a motherly air!" one Weibo poster said.

As Trump departed, he said on Twitter his wife's next stop would be Alaska, where she would "greet our awesome troops".