First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness got a view of a different kind of peace wall as they took in the sights of the Great Wall of China as part of a week-long visit to the country.
The aim of the tour is to “strengthen government to government relations and to further develop trade, investment, cultural and university links”.
The Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship and Foreign Countries brought Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness to the site as part of the cultural exchange.
Mr Robinson said they would also meet key government departments on their visit.
Mr McGuinness added: “We are encouraged with the growing relationship we have with China and we hope we will be able to identify more mutually beneficial areas of work.”
When Chinese politburo member Madam Liu Yandong came to Northern Ireland in April last year she visited the Giant's Causeway and Titanic centre.