Peng Liyuan (born November 20, 1962) is a renowned Chinese contemporary folk singer and performing artist. She is the wife of current Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and as such referred to as the "Chinese First Lady" by the media. As of 2014, she is listed as the 57th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Peng is the Dean of the People's Liberation Army Art Academy. She gained popularity as a soprano singer from her regular appearances on the annual CCTV New Year's Gala, a widely viewed mainland Chinese television program that airs during the Chinese New Year. She has won many honors in singing competitions nationwide. Her most famous singles include People from Our Village Zhumulangma and In the Field of Hope. Peng is a civilian member of China's People's Liberation Army and holds the civilian rank equivalent to major general. She was the first in China to obtain a Master's degree in traditional ethnic music when the degree was established in the 1980s.
Peng Liyuan is a native of Yuncheng County, Shandong province. She joined the People's Liberation Army in 1980 when she was 18 and began as an ordinary soldier, but with her vocal talent later performed during frontline tours to boost troop morale during the Sino-Vietnamese border conflicts. Peng first performed nationally and came to fame during the earliest rendition of the CCTV New Year's Gala in 1982, when she performed On the Plains of Hope...
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