The First Lady's Trip to China

Beijing, Xi'an, and Chengdu

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. And she's inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.

During her trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture — emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

Video of the Trip

March 26, 2014

Raw Video: Behind the Scenes at Chengdu Panda Base with Fist Lady Michelle Obama

Go behind the scenes with the First Lady at Chengdu Panda Base in Chengdu, China, on the last day of her official visit to China.

March 25, 2014

Michelle Obama: The iReport interview

The First Lady sits down and answers your questions from Beijing. Watch it on CNN.COM.


March 23, 2014

On Board: Travels with the First Lady in China, Day Three

Go on board with the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as she answers your questions from the road in China.

March 22, 2014

The First Lady on the Importance of Studying Abroad

Hear from the First Lady Michelle Obama visiting Peking University and speaking with Chinese students and American students studying abroad in China.

March 22, 2014

Exercise in China?

First Lady Michelle Obama Answers Your Questions From China. In this video she answers "How do the people of China stay in shape? What type of exercises do they do?"

March 21, 2014

On Board: Travels with the First Lady in China, Day One

Hear from the First Lady Michelle Obama as she recaps day one of her trip to China and previews her upcoming address on study abroad and connecting students across continents.

March 19, 2014

The Rhodes Ahead: The First Lady's Trip to China

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady's Chief of Staff Tina Tchen preview First Lady Michelle Obama's official visit to China.

View the most recent photos in the First Lady's latest travel journal.



Trip Schedule

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

    Beijing, China

  • First Lady Michelle Obama joins First Lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend Universities abroad.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Forbidden City with First Lady Peng Liyuan.
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  • First Lady Michelle Obama meets with First Lady Peng Liyuan and joins First Lady Peng Liyuan for dinner and a performance.

SATURDAY

    Beijing, China

  • First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to students at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Speaking to an audience of American students studying abroad at Peking University and Chinese students who have studied abroad in the United States, Mrs. Obama will discuss the importance of study abroad and other cultural exchanges as well as the stake our two countries have in one another’s success.
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  • First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a virtual discussion with American youth. During the conversation, Mrs. Obama will highlight the role of technology in enabling students in the United States to connect and collaborate with students around the world.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Summer Palace.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama meets with staff and families of the United States Embassy in Beijing.

SUNDAY

    Beijing, China

  • First Lady Michelle Obama hosts an education roundtable.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Great Wall of China.
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MONDAY

TUESDAY

    Chengdu, China

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits Chengdu No. 7 High School. During remarks to students, Mrs. Obama will highlight the importance of education in her own life and in the lives of students in both the United States and China.
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  • First Lady Michelle Obama meets with staff and families of the United States Consulate in Chengdu.

WEDNESDAY

    Chengdu, China

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Chengdu Panda Base. The Chengdu Panda Base is currently home to approximately 50 pandas, ranging in age from infancy to full-grown adults. Chinese scientists spend their days working to increase the panda population through research, conservation, and breeding.
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  • First Lady Michelle Obama departs Chengdu.
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