Melania Trump visits panda exhibit, serenaded by school children at Beijing Zoo

The couple were met by flag-waving schoolchildren at Beijing Airport

The couple were met by flag-waving schoolchildren at Beijing Airport

Trump will not join her husband in Vietnam and will head back to the United States for a stop in Alaska, according to a tweet by the U.S. president. Waving American and Chinese flags, the youngsters sang in front of the panda exhibit, home to one of the attraction's most notable residents, Gu Gu, a male panda.

She passed out stuffed toy eagles from the the children and posed for pictures with them.

First lady Melania Trump poses for a photograph after she presented stuffed toy eagles, from the USA, to children at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing on November 10, 2017.

Melania also enjoyed another famous part of Chinese culture, visiting the Beijing Zoo to check out the pandas.

Afterward, the President will deliver a speech to the National Assembly and the President and First Lady will then travel to the Seoul National Cemetery to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony. Fewer than 2,000 giant pandas live in the wild in China.

The first lady is slated to visit the Great Wall later Friday before departing for Alaska, where she will do an event with US troops, before returning to Washington. Several other first ladies have visited the giant pandas in Bejing, engaging in what is fondly dubbed "panda diplomacy", including Nancy Reagan and Michelle Obama.

The US leader was in Vietnam for an Asia-Pacific summit and he will then head to the Philippines on November 12 for the final leg of his five-nation tour of Asia.

The Trumps visited Japan and South Korea before landing in China.

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