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Cherie's Trip to China

Cherie's Trip to China

Cherie holding a baby panda

Cherie's Trip to China

Paying her respects at the site of Ying Xiu

Cherie's Trip to China

Presented with hand-made shoes by Sheme

Cherie went to see the post-earthquake reconstruction site of Ying Xiu, where she met families affected by the disaster.

Earlier this month, Cherie visited China where she went to both Beijing and to Chengdu. Her visit began with a lunch in Beijing, hosted by CPAFFC. She then visited the Forbidden City.

The next day she flew to Chengdu and paid a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a world renowned ecological conservation base which occupies an area of 100 hectares, dedicated to conserving native Chinese endangered species; the giant panda as well as the red panda.

Cherie then visited the Dujiang Yan Irrigation System, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Dujiang Yan is an irrigation infra-structure built in 256 BC. It is located in the Min River. It is still in use today to irrigate over 5,300 square kilometres of land in the region.

Next, Cherie went to see the post-earthquake reconstruction site of Ying Xiu, the town at the epicentre of the quake, where she met families affected by the disaster. She paid her respects at the village's memorial, which was once the site of the Ying Xiu Middle School. Nearly every building in Ying Xiu was destroyed and according to official figures, only 3,800 of the 16,000 residents survived.

Later that afternoon, Cherie paid a visit to Shoe City in Chengdu where she was presented with a pair of hand-made shoes by Sheme.

Finally, she gave a speech at Enterprise Lecture Hall, titled "A Better World for Women, A Better World for Everyone":

"This, as I keep saying, is not just good for women. It is good for everyone.

We need to rid our world of prejudice and discrimination which prevents people, whether because of their gender, race or background, making the full contribution to our societies."