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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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