Peng wows nation with chic, charm

Updated: 2014-09-20 08:04

By Bunty Sharma (China Daily)

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Accompanying her husband, President Xi Jinping, on a three-day visit to India, Peng Liyuan has left India's media singing her praises for sartorial elegance, calligraphy and, her forte, singing.

The Telegraph in Kolkata wrote: "Peng led scores of children at New Delhi's Tagore International School in singing Homesick by 8th- century poet Li Bai.

"Peng also showed off her skills in Chinese calligraphy (and) wrote down a maxim by Confucius on a board before explaining in English, 'If you want to learn new things, you have to look at the past and understand it'."

The Indian Express said: "If (US first lady) Michelle Obama danced her way into the hearts of children she met in India during her 2010 visit, Peng, dressed in a simple white top and green skirt, won the admiration of students of Tagore International School with her grace, smile and simplicity."

Hindustan Times wrote: "'She is so pretty', said 16-year-old (student Aradhika) Chakraborty about Peng. The other students too gushed over the visiting first lady, including 11-year-old Prabhjot Singh, (who) has not stopped smiling after getting a peck on the cheek from her. 'Ma'am, I gave three interviews because of the peck', a blushing Singh told his principal. 'So do not wash your cheek', (Principal Madhulika) Sen said in a lighter vein."

The Times of India reported: "(Peng) hummed a song with the children (at the Tagore School) and left a lasting impression on the young minds with glimpses into her life. The teachers, though, were impressed with her attire."

This is what, a news-based website, had to say about Peng's attire: "Earlier in the day, when she landed in Ahmedabad (she) wore a pretty dress, popularized by Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy. The knee-length dress had a flowy scarf stitched to one side. She accessorized her look with a white clutch, cream pearl studs and beige suede heels.

"(Peng) wowed all by her sartorial choices when she arrived in New Delhi and during their visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential residence)."


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