From a visit to UNESCO heritage sites at Mamallapuram to one-on-one discussions by the scenic beachside of Tamil Nadu's Kovalam beach, 2nd India-China informal summit was nothing short of eventful. Here are the highlights.
The prime minister said that last year's informal summit in Wuhan, China "instilled a new momentum and trust in our relations and today's 'Chennai connect' is the start of a new era in India-China relations".
"The first informal summit between India and China last year in Wuhan led to fresh stability in our relations and gave a fresh momentum," he said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that on Friday he engaged in candid conversations "like friends" with PM Modi. We held "heart to heart discussions on bilateral relations," Xi said.
"We are really overwhelmed by your hospitality. My colleagues and I have felt that very strongly. This will be a memorable experience for us," President Xi said.
The first day of the informal summit saw, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping spending five hours of "quality time".
PM Modi showed Chinese President thousands of years old UNESCO world heritage sites of Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna's butterball, Panch Rathas and Shore Temple which was followed by a cultural extravaganza that lasted for two hours.