President Xi Jinping left Moscow on Wednesday, after a summit with Vladimir Putin that the two leaders hailed as a "new era" in their relationship.
The president's plane left Moscow's Vnukovo airport after being seen off by a guard of honour who played the two countries’ national anthems, the RIA Novosti news agency said.
High-ranking Russian government officials, including Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, attended the send-off.
He was accompanied by other officials, including director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, and Foreign Minister Qin Gang.
Xi and Putin had hailed a "new era" in their relationship during the visit and discussed Beijing's proposals to end the Ukraine conflict. (Xinhua/Reuters)