China’s first lady Peng Liyuan yesterday morning paid a visit to New Delhi’s Tagore International School, where she gave a short Chinese lesson, taught some calligraphy and doled out kisses generously.
Teacher Peng wrote “wen gu zhi xin” (温故知新) on a piece of paper and explained to the children that the characters meant “review” “past” “understand” and “new” individually. The whole meaning is to “gain new insights through restudying old material,” which was a famous quote from Chinese philosopher Confucius.
Peng shows off her calligraphy.
When two female students attempted to draw the characters as Peng did, she stood aside and guided them.
“You should do it this way. Move your hand but keep your wrist still, and hold your brush straight,” Peng said. “I remember my father taught me calligraphy when I was five.”
Peng posed for some photos and shook hands with the teachers before departing.
“Teaching is very respectable occupation. I am also a teacher,” Peng said.
A chubby boy (Xinhua’s wording) who impressed Peng with his Chinese skills even earned himself a kiss on the cheek from the first lady.
Students gaze on in envy as chubby boy receives kiss
Peng and President Xi Jinping arrived in India on Wednesday following a visit to Maldives and Sri Lanka.
“I believe that as soon as you step on the land of China, you will fall in love with it!” she told them.