Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan is a popular Chinese folk music and opera singer and the wife of Chinese president, Xi Jinping. A native of Yuncheng County, Shandong, Peng was a finalist at the First National TV Chinese Vocal Contest and is best known for works including People from Our Village and On the Plains of Hope.

First lady fashion: the rise and rise of Peng Liyuan's favourite designer

First lady fashion: the rise and rise of Peng Liyuan's favourite designer

The Exception brand grew steadily but flew under the media radar until its very public exposure by first lady Peng Liyuan.

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015, 4:24pm

Video tribute to first couple shows shift in Xi Jinping image push

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.

A rare video depicting the relationship between President Xi Jinping and his celebrity wife, Peng Liyuan, has attracted 150 million views in the nearly three weeks since it was posted online.

7 Dec 2014 - 7:00am 12 comments

Peng makes splash in fashion-savvy Seoul

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan inspect an honor guard upon their arrival at Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea. Photo: Xinhua

What to wear when visiting the country widely seen as Asia's fashion trendsetter? For China's first lady, the answer was a number of outfits.

4 Jul 2014 - 5:50pm

How first lady Peng Liyuan is boosting business for China's bespoke tailors

How first lady Peng Liyuan is boosting business for China's bespoke tailors

Wealthy mainlanders are seeking out a growing number of bespoke tailors in China, thanks to the 'first lady effect' – Peng Liyuan appearing elegant and confident in mainland-designed tailored dresses.

27 May 2014 - 9:05am 3 comments

'Nubia', not iPhone, is Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan’s latest choice of smart phone

Peng Liyuan, wife of the president of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, takes pictures next to Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn in Berlin, Germany on Saturday. Photo: AP

Ever since Peng Liyuan dazzled the public on her first official appearance as China’s first lady a year ago, the former military singer's every movement, speech and choice of apparel has been closely watched by fans as well as analysts.

And the latest social media craze about Peng among China’s online community is, “what cellphone is she using?”

31 Mar 2014 - 5:35pm 9 comments

Peng Liyuan named Unesco ambassador for women's education

French President Francois Hollande greets President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan at the Elysee Palace. Photo: Reuters

The appointment will raise her profile on the international stage and renew focus on an issue the country has grappled with.

28 Mar 2014 - 9:47am 4 comments

Fashion contest the focus of 'first lady diplomacy' during Michelle Obama's China visit

Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia watch touches a prayer wheel outside a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu. Photo: Reuters

The visit to China by Michelle Obama has thrust "first lady diplomacy" and questions about gender to the forefront of the nation's attention.

Obama yesterday wrapped up a week-long trip to China by feeding a panda before having a yak-based lunch at a Tibetan restaurant.

27 Mar 2014 - 4:55am 1 comment

Tourism, school stops dominate Michelle Obama's China itinerary

Michelle Obama

Sensitive political issues will be far from US first lady Michelle Obama's agenda on her visit to China this week. Officials say she will focus on cultural exchange and relationship building when she meets her Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan, for the first time.

19 Mar 2014 - 3:24am 4 comments

First ladies Peng Liyuan and Michelle Obama can show way forward

Peng Liyuan (left) and Michelle Obama. Photos: AP, EPA

The new era of relations between China and the US promised when Xi Jinping and Barack Obama met in California last June has yet to materialise. Ties have cooled over tensions arising from rivalry, cyber issues, military operations, alliances and territorial disputes.

18 Mar 2014 - 6:18am 2 comments

Michelle Obama's visit to China a chance for some gentle diplomacy

Peng Liyuan (left) and Michelle Obama. Photos: AFP

US first lady Michelle Obama's visit to China - where she will meet her counterpart Peng Liyuan - later this month may help smooth strains between the two countries.

5 Mar 2014 - 2:00am 5 comments

Letter to first lady Peng Liyuan urges support for gay rights

Gay rights activists in Hunan province during a demonstration. Photo: Reuters

A group of parents of gay and lesbian children has delivered a letter to China’s first lady Peng Liyuan, calling for legislation against gay discrimination and for increased tolerance of homosexuality.

21 Nov 2013 - 5:18am

China's first lady Peng Liyuan makes Vanity Fair's best dressed list

Peng Liyuan smiles after arriving at the government airport Vnukovo II, outside Moscow in March. Photo: AP

Seventy years after China’s Madame Chiang Kai-shek made it to the "best dressed women in wartime" list in 1943, it is now first lady Peng Liyuan's turn.

1 Aug 2013 - 2:15pm 2 comments

China's first lady fever betrays its backward politics

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. Photo: EPA

In the year when the Gang of Four was toppled, a young teacher in my hometown shot to fame playing Jiang Qing on stage. His performance was simple: he slapped on some make-up, wore a big, loose colourful dress, walked coyly on stage and then laughed wildly for 10 minutes. The show was hugely popular.

18 Jun 2013 - 2:05am

China's first lady briefly steps out of the limelight

China's first lady Peng Liyuan waves as she leaves. Photo: AP

Photogenic first lady Peng Liyuan played steel drums in Trinidad, strolled hand-in-hand with a coffee farmer's daughter in Costa Rica and snapped pictures with her iPhone in the shadow of the Mayan ruins in Mexico.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:47am 4 comments

Peng a lady left waiting as Michelle stays at home

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. Photo: AFP

When the presidents of China and the United States had their first encounter in the sprawling grounds of the Sunnylands diplomatic retreat in California, first lady Peng Liyuan had to make her own plans because Michelle Obama was with her daughters in Washington.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am