Chinese President Xi Jinging landed at Chennai airport this afternoon. He received a warm welcome. He drove straight to a private hotel in Guindy and from there he would he would go straight to Mamamallupuram to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was welcomed with a variety cultural programmes including Bharathanatyam. He was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam among others.
The entire stretch from airport to Mamallapuram was given a fresh look. Stages were set up in several locations on which various dances were performed. The whole stretch was brought under tight security blanket with close to 15,000 cops deployed on duty. All the monuments in Mamallapuram to be visited by Xi and Modi were spruced up while colourful gates have been erected along the routes from Chennai to the coastal town.