Melania Trump visits the Great Wall of China during Asia tour

First Lady Melania Trump admired China from a rare position on Friday as she walked an empty section of the Great Wall along the outskirts of Beijing during a personal tour.

Wearing a long tan skirt, black jacket and ballet flats, the 47-year-old former model took a cable car up to her destination, where she was greeted at the wall by an official with the Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Service Co.

Mrs. Trump signed a guest book at the wall and accepted a scroll as a gift during the private tour.

She then climbed a flight of stairs and spent 30 minutes walking the Mutianyu section of the long wall – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

As she returned to her cable car, Mrs. Trump paused to look out over the expanse.

‘This is beautiful. This is amazing,’ she said according to a US official standing with her on the platform.

China frequently takes visiting heads of state and their spouses to the wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site now believed to be 13,000 miles in length, although President Donald Trump did not visit during his trip to the country.

Former first lady Michelle Obama brought daughters Sasha and Malia to the same section of the wall in 2014.

Mrs Trump’s trip to the Great Wall followed a visit to the Beijing Zoo, where she interacted with a panda named Gu Gu behind the scenes before greeting a group of about 20 young school children.

The children, who held Chinese and American flags, were waiting for her outside of the zoo’s Panda House.

As they stood in the cold November weather, a male panda named ‘Meng’er’ was released into the pen behind them. His name translates to cute #2, an official said.

As they stood in the cold November weather, a male panda named ‘Meng’er’ was released into the pen behind them. His name translates to cute #2, an official said.

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