For one week, Mrs. Obama, daughters Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, and the First lady’s mother, Marian Robinson, traveled to China for a week of friendly cultural excursion, shopping lol, and some speeches about the importance of study abroad, education, and free press.
FLOTUS’s trip to Asia came at the invitation of Peng Liyuan FLOTPROC (First Lady of the Peoples Republic of China), I do admit I made FLOTPROC up haha, but I figured she deserves a fancy title as well.
Mrs. Obama and family primarily went to Asia, since she had missed the opportunity to meet Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping when they came to the United States, and it was also their first time in China.
Over the course of the week, Mrs. Obama and the State Department, CNN, etc all outlets basically, invited students to tune in, and to follow her journey day by day, in the form of podcasts, pictures, videos, etc. since her primary goal was about study abroad and education, I do personally believe she did a great job not to put politics on the table.
Beijing~ (March 20-23rd)
The First Lady of the United States arrived in Beijing March 20th, jet lag ensured I remember that feeling, and on the 21st commenced hangout session with First Lady of China. The 21st they attended Beijing Normal University which prepares students to attend Universities overseas. They then proceeded to visit the Forbidden City
where the massive crowds, like I was before when an ambassador came to visit China…what a memory!, were pushed and crowded to the Eastern side of the city grounds, leaving 70% to be occupied! But, I’m sure they had fun. The next day in Beijing and the following day as well they engaged in activities such as: She gave a speech at the Stanford Center in Peking University to an audience of American students, why couldn’t I be there 😦 !
The speech was geared to the importance of study abroad and the stake the US and China have towards each other’s success (really). She then met with some students virtually and engaged in a few more tours such as the Summer Palace and the US Embassy in Beijing.
Their tour in Beijing finished with a visit to the Great Wall of China!
Next they went to:
Xi’an~ (March 24th)
In Xi’an FLOTUS and family visited the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, and the Xi’an city wall, I’ve never even been to see that city wall, I heard you can even ride a bike on the wall too!
Chengdu~ (March 25-26)
Their stay in Xi’an was limited to a day, I’m sure they were exhausted by now, but in Chengdu, FLOTUS visits No. 7 High School where she gave another speech on the importance of education in her own life and the lives of students in both the United States and China. Then she met with staff and the family of the United States Consulate in Chengdu, I haven’t been to Chengdu yet either, I have a lot of traveling to do lol.
The last day, which is today, the entourage will visit the Chengdu Panda Base, which holds about 50 pandas, both full-grown and infants,
China is working hard to restore their population through breeding, conservation, and research, I wish them success.
After this, the family will depart Chengdu and comeback to the United States.
Mrs. Obama and family, I whole heartily hoped you had a great and amazing time! China is different when you aren’t on a political mission, and you get to see just a tiny bit of what they have to offer. I thank you for the speeches and lectures you gave, since it honored and humbled us students who made that stride to Study Abroad, I am also pleased that you took your family as well, since in the future, and being a little selfish so it fits my blogs theme, African Americans are for sure, going to be well perceived by Chinese people, since they not only met you, but your mother and daughters. I hope that your visit bore fruits, and that you make it home safe. Hope the food was too your liking and that you and the family can re-adjust to the time difference, jet lag is rough! So, get back safe, and continue to update us! Finally, take me with you next time, in one week you had a better time than I had in 2 semesters!
Sincerely Daniel Cooper~
The Lincoln University, Senior, Class of 2015