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Melania Trump flies solo to visit Great Wall of China

10 November 2017

First lady Melania Trump had a great panda adventure at the Beijing Zoo, her final solo event in the city of Beijing.

On Friday, Melania had an opportunity to feed Gu Gu, the facility's celebrity panda, and learn about his nutrition and training.

While US President Donald Trump jetted off to a summit in Vietnam after his state visit to China, his wife stayed behind to see the Beijing Zoo's favourite tenants before heading to the Great Wall later in the day.

"The panda star in the zoo is Gu Gu".

Blessed with cute looks and a robust memory, Gu Gu is the zoo's goodwill ambassador and is often introduced to VIPs, director Li Xiaoguang told reporters. "Wonderful to meet Gu Gu!"

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 first lady smiled, and Gu Gu chowed down on bamboo shoots and leaves as the children sang. Asked if she discussed her nascent platform - helping children live better lives - with her Asian counterparts, Trump said it was one of the topics they shared. She then presented the students with gifts of plush bald eagle toys.

"They were in the United States before and we have a great relationship with all three of them", she said.

The First Lady rode in a cable auto to a watchtower to visit the section of the Great Wall of China, which is two hours north of Beijing city centre.

Melania Trump flies solo to visit Great Wall of China