BEIJING (AP) First lady Michelle Obama is visiting a high school in Beijing at the start of a weeklong visit to China aimed at encouraging person-to-person exchanges.

Obama was joined Friday morning by Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Accompanied by her daughters and mother, Obama practiced writing the Chinese character for "eternal" under the guidance of 16-year-old student Lu Yuhong.

Peng then wrote out a four-character couplet and presented it as a gift to Obama.

The visit marks the first meeting between the two women, whose husbands run the world's first and second largest economies and have sought to build a new relationship based on trust and mutual respect.

Peng will accompany Obama to the former Imperial Palace, to be followed by a private dinner and a performance.