Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan charms Mexico with her fondness for local soap operas

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 June, 2013, 11:36am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China's First Lady has delighted Mexico by appearing at a children's hospital and a production site for the country's popular television dramas - of which she is reportedly an ardent fan.

Mexican media has already called her "China's Michelle Obama" and the "mother and general of all of China" prior to her appearances on Wednesday.

They reported extensively on all the details of her visit to the television studios of Televisa San Ángel in Mexico City, a major production site for telenovelas broadcast throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Peng had admitted her fondness for the drama-prone television series to her Mexican counterpart Angélica Rivera during their first meeting in China in April.

Prior to becoming Mexico's first lady, Rivera used to be a well-known telenovela actress at San Ángel.

The first ladies observed the filming of a scene of La Tempestad, a romantic drama about human trafficking, and met the cast of another soap opera, De que te quiero, te quiero.

Prior to her tour of the film studios, Peng visited a children's hospital, where China has donated one million yuan for equipment.

Her visit to Televisa was not without controversy. The world's biggest Spanish-language broadcaster supported the election campaign of Rivera's husband, Enrique Peña Nieto, the Guardian reported last year.

Xi and Peng have since travelled to Yucatán for a day of sightseeing at the remains of the Mayan city, Chichen Itzá.