Friday, March 27, 2015   

Michelle Obama savors Tibetan flavors
(03-26 16:45)

US first lady Michelle Obama wrapped up a week-long trip to China by feeding a panda before having a yak-based lunch at a Tibetan restaurant.
(Pictured, Michelle Obama spins Tibetan prayer wheels at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu).
Obama, who is accompanied by her mother and daughters, visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
There, the Obamas viewed a 22-year-old grandmother panda named Lili as well as five young pandas, according to base staff.
Pictures showed the first lady using a long stick to pass apples to some of the black and white bears in a grassy enclosure – next to a sign that warned against feeding them. The reserve houses 80 giant pandas and a colony of red pandas.
Obama and her family had lunch at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu, a choice that “was in accordance with [Obama's] interest in the rights of minorities in China,’’ according to White House staff.
The dishes served at the Zangxiang Teahouse featured a heavy emphasis on yak, including yak butter tea, yak soup, yak meat pies and boiled yak ribs.
Sichuan and other provinces neighboring Tibet are home to a minority of Tibetans, an ethnic group that rights activists say faces religious and cultural repression, underscored by more than 120 self-immolation protests by Tibetans in recent years.
China rejects such criticism and blames the acts on separatist forces led by the Tibetan spiritual leader-in-exile and Nobel peace laureate, the Dalai Lama.
Obama and her family later flew out of Chengdu airport, heading for the US.—AFP





   
Other China breaking news:
Former police chief arrested for murder (03-26 15:10)
Secret Chinese airport brought down to earth by chopper crash (03-26 15:09)
Hornets and Clippers schedule Shenzhen exhibition game (03-25 21:30)
Sri Lankan President Sirisena due to sign key agreements in Beijing (03-25 21:16)
Kenya serves closure notice on Chinese restaurant that denied meals to Africans (03-25 18:20)
China court jails Christian pastor for a year: group (03-25 18:05)
Phuket bus crash kills three Chinese (03-25 15:50)
Australia weighs role in China’s infrastructure bank (03-25 14:43)
Chinese investment the target in New South Wales power politics (03-25 13:09)
Go ahead for Guangdong free trade zone (03-25 12:29)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.