President Xi Jinping on Thursday praised Macau for its good education policies and asked schools to continue spreading Chinese culture, according to a local official.
The president visited a secondary school in Taipa on day two of his visit to the gambling hub, and was quoted by the school as saying that he was pleased with the education system in the former Portuguese colony.
The director of the Macau Education and Youth Bureau, Lou Pak-sang, said Xi asked the school officials to teach pupils about the 5,000 years of Chinese history, saying this will help to keep the people and the country united.
The president also inspected some of the educational material and complimented the Putonghua skills of the students.
Some of the pupils had written to Xi in May and the president said he was to glad to meet them all personally during the visit.
One of the students who met and shook hands with the president said he had imagined Xi as a very serious person, but was surprised to discover that he was a "kind man". He felt a warmth spread across him when the president shook his hand, the student gushed.
The president was expected to meet local families as well as top government officials before attending a welcome banquet in the evening. He will also preside over the inauguration of the fifth Macau government, which will be headed by Ho Iat-seng, before returning to Beijing on Friday.
The Macau administration has imposed tight security measures for the president's visit and several reporters from Hong Kong, including one from RTHK, were barred from entering the SAR to cover this week's events, despite obtaining permission beforehand.