Trump Visits Forbidden City, Tweets About How Much He Loves It

By That's Beijing, November 9, 2017

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Donald Trump landed in Beijing yesterday as part of his three-day visit to China.

The capital was on Code Orange as The Donald and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, were treated to an exclusive tour of the Forbidden City by President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. The gang was all smiles as they posed for photos together.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

We're not gonna say we told you so, but these photos are pretty much identical to what we predicted the Forbidden City part of the tour would look like when the trip was first announced earlier this year. (Minus the sunny blue skies, obviously).

Donald Trump seen in the Forbidden City in this exclusive rendering
Not to brag, but we have amazing Photoshop skills.

Just before the tour started, Xi greeted Donald with a handshake — and it wasn't even all that awkward!

Pretty normal, see? And much better than the last one in Mar-a-Lago:

Trump handshake

After the handshakes, the power couples met for a double date at the Hall of Embodied Treasures.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

During the afternoon tea sesh, Trump showed Xi a video of granddaughter Arabella singing and reciting Chinese poems, leading Xi to say her Mandarin skills "deserved an A+".

The four then strolled around a virtually empty Forbidden City for the afternoon. These super VIPs probably didn't even need to book tickets online like the rest of us!

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Trumps at the Forbidden City

Trumps in China

Trumps in BeijingDonald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Trump in China

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Donald Trump and Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing with Peng Liyuan and Xi Jinping

Trump also reportedly got a history lesson:

Trump at the Forbidden City


And the Forbidden City got all festive for the occasion.

American Flag outside Forbidden City

American Flag outside China's Forbidden City

Later, they watched craftsmen repair relics.

Craftsmen repair relics

PHOTOS: Trump Visits Forbidden City, Tries to Pick Up Gold Vase

PHOTOS: Trump Visits Forbidden City, Tries to Pick Up Gold Vase

That led to this random moment where Trump tried to pick up a solid gold vase:

Trump gold vase

Look at the guilt in his eyes:

Trump holds a gold vase
Melania: "What the... I said put that DOWN! What are you doing?!"

Trump in China
Guilty AF.

Following the excursion, the Trumps enjoyed an evening of Peking Opera, which included performances of children dancers, acrobats doing Monkey King and "A Tipsy Beauty," a tale of imperial consort.

Trump Peking Opera

Trump Peking Opera

Trump Peking Opera

Peking Opera

Trump Peking Opera

Trumps Peking Opera

The Trumps apparently enjoyed today's visit so much that it prompted the Commander in Chief to tweet this:

Trump thanks Xi on Twitter from China

Donald Trump Tweets from China

He also changed his Twitter background photo:

Donald Trump Twitter

Huh. Guess he can tweet from behind the Great Firewall after all!

[Photos via Twitter, Xinhua, China Daily]


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