In the evening, Mr Lee met Singaporeans in Guangdong in a reception at the InterContinental Guangzhou Exhibition Center.
Received with cheers from a crowd of around 150 Singaporeans, Mr Lee spoke briefly on emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and about dealing with further global and local challenges.
During his meetings with individual Singaporeans, Mr Lee also had a “good discussion” with them about their experiences living in China, the Prime Minister’s press secretary told the media.
During an interview with Chinese broadcaster China Central Television ahead of the trip, Mr Lee had described relations between Singapore and China as “very good”.
For his remaining five days, Mr Lee is slated to meet with more Chinese officials, including China’s new premier Li Qiang, and speak at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan.
His visit, which ends on Apr 1, will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing.