Xi Jinping was elected General Secretary of the Chinese Communisty Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission at the 18th Party Congress in 2012, replacing Hu Jintao as the top leader of the Communist Party. Xi was elected President in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a veteran leader of the Party. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.
Photos of Xi Jinping eating at a popular Beijing restaurant go viral
China's president demonstrates a common touch by joining diners at a steamed bun eatery in the capital
Fans of China's President Xi Jinping said they were pleasantly surprised after photos of him dining in a popular Beijing steamed bun restaurant went viral.
Pictures, taken and shared by fellow diners, showed a casually-dressed, smiling Xi queuing up at a Qingfeng steamed bun restaurant in the capital. Xi, who appeared to be dining alone, was seen to have placed his own order at the counter, paid for it, and carried his tray before sitting down to enjoy his meal in the room full of people.
Diners, after realising who they were sitting close to, strove for a glimpse of Xi. Many used their phones to record the unusual encounter, which Xi didn't seem to mind.
"Only leaders who care about ordinary guys will do this, and he will win respect and care from his people," wrote one blogger.
"I can't believe my eyes - President Xi lined up, paid his own bill, and fetched his own food," read a message posted on the official Weibo page of the People's Daily.
Others, however, weren't so impressed.
"It's just a show and people should stop reacting like they were slaves" one microblogger wrote .
"Start thanking him when China has fixed the food safety issues," read another comment.
An average meal costs 16 yuan (HK$21) at a Qingfeng steamed bun restaurant, a popular chain store in the Chinese capital, according to restaurant review websties.