President Xi Jinping presented the Queen Elizabeth II two music albums of his wife and famous singer Peng Liyuan after a private lunch at Buckingham Palace given by the Queen in honor of Xi's visit to the UK.
Outgoing BBC economics editor Robert Peston described President Xi Jinping, who arrived for a four day state visit in the UK on Monday, as a tough, charismatic head of state who is probably the most important Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping.
UK visitor visas for Chinese tourists will be valid for two years - four times the usual six-month limit for a standard visitor visa - from January, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.
Prince Charles and Prince William gave President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan a warm welcome on Tuesday, continuing the tradition of close relationships they have developed with China in recent years.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping will conclude his state visit to Britain on Friday, with a tour to the city of Manchester, local officials said that the city looks forward to the Chinese leader's arrival.
China and Britain have made many first achievements in their relations, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday in his first public speech during his state visit, which Queen Elizabeth has called "a defining moment".
Chinese influence in Britain is notable from the late 17th century onwards as wealthy Britons and a growing middle class provided a demand for Chinese goods such as porcelain and commodities such as tea.