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US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-11-08 14:40

Welcome to China Daily's Live report on day one of US President Donald Trump's visit to China. Please click here to follow the full coverage on day two.

17:17 pm

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan accompany US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, to watch a Peking Opera performance at the Palace Museum's Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies (Changyin ge) on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, and US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump pose for a photo with performers after watching a Peking Opera performance at the Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

* The Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies (Changyin ge), built in the Qianlong Period (1736-96) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is the largest opera theater in the Forbidden City. It was renovated and newly opened in September this year. Eventually, dramas from the period will be performed here. Opposite to the Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies is the Hall for Viewing Opera (Yueshi lou) where audiences enjoyed performances.

* Follow US President's footsteps in the Palace Museum

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

A general view of the Palace Museum. [Photo/IC]

16:38 pm

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st left), and US President Donald Trump (2nd right) and his wife Melania Trump (3rd right) watch the repair of some historical relics at the conservation workshop of the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan accompany US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, to watch craftsmen repair relics at Palace Museum.

16:05 pm

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan accompanied visiting US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, on a tour of three main halls at Beijing's Palace Museum on Wednesday afternoon.

* The three main halls including Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihe dian), Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghe dian) and Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohe dian) are all in the outer court of the museum, which is also known as the Forbidden City.

15:35 pm

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet for tea with visiting US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania in Beijing's Palace Museum, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Trump showed Xi and Peng a video of his granddaughter, Arabella, reciting Sanzijing (Three Character Classic) and ancient Chinese poetry. The Chinese president complemented her language skills, saying her performance was "A plus".

Xi said Arabella - the daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner - is already a starlet in China, and that he hopes she will have the chance to visit the country.

Arabella sang in Mandarin and recited a Chinese poem for Xi and Peng when the couple visited the US in April.

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet with visiting US counterpart Donald Trump and his wife Melania for tea at the Hall of Embodied Treasures during Trump's tour of the Palace Museum in central Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet with visiting US counterpart Donald Trump and his wife Melania for tea at the Hall of Embodied Treasures during Trump's tour of the Palace Museum in central Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet for tea with visiting US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania. The informal meeting took place at the Hall of Embodied Treasures during Trump's tour of the Palace Museum.

15:25 pm

US President Donald Trump arrives at the Palace Museum, one of Beijing's most historic sites.

* The Palace Museum, established in The Forbidden City, in the center of Beijing, in 1925, was the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The magnificent architectural complex and the vast holdings of paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, and antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

15:00 pm

14:55 pm

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport on a three-day state visit on Nov 8, 2017. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport on a three-day state visit on Nov 8, 2017. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

State Councilor Yang Jiechi greeted Trump and his wife, Melania, as the couple disembarked Air Force One.

The visitors were given a guard of honor, accompanied by a performance from the People's Liberation Army band, while hundreds of elementary school students were there to welcome Trump.

14:41 pm

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon, kicking off a three-day state visit to China. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

US President Donald Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon, kicking off a three-day state visit to China.

The visit will provide opportunities for President Xi Jinping and Trump to exchange in-depth views on issues that concern both sides and is expected to yield positive results for bilateral ties.

12:05 pm

National flags of China and US fly high before Xi-Trump meeting

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

National flags of China and the US are hung up on the lamp posts in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/China Daily]

US President Donald Trump lands in Beijing, kicking off three-day state visit

National flags of China and the US are hung up on the lamp posts in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/China Daily]

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