The Mayor showed off one of London's "Boris bikes" in Beijing, joking about the cycle hire scheme being "communist".
Boris Johnson has previously joked about his desire to be the "lead singer of an international rock group", and today he got a chance to show off his skill on the drums.
He played alongside businessman Lord Sassoon, as he toured the Great British Brands festival at China's largest shopping mall.
The Mayor is in Beijing on a mission to drum up trade for London.
Chinese students are attracted to London because of its weather, its French restaurants, and its "beautiful communist bicycles", Boris Johnson joked as he kicked off a visit to China.
Fresh from a 9-hour overnight flight, the London Mayor began the six-day trade mission being mobbed by crowds in Beijing's trendy 798 art district before a speech where he launched the first official Chinese language website promoting London.
At the lively pop-up event in a former factory, now converted to gallery space, Mr Johnson joked about the "communist" Barclays Cycle Hire scheme and claimed London's "polychromatic" diverse nature meant foreign students picked studying in the capital over going to the United States.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun today signed a special Memorandum of Understanding between the two cities to exchange key information on science, technology and environmental issues, helping to drive improvements.
Shared areas of interest will include greener electric bus fleets, measures to tackle air quality and energy efficiency programmes. The unprecedented agreement underlines the already close working relationship the two leading global cities have enjoyed since signing a partnership agreement in 2006.
New figures show London's thriving green economy has bucked national trends and continued to grow over the last five years with over 9,200 green businesses employing over 163,500 people.
Boris Johnson today launched www.london.cn,the official Chinese-language website for London, in the first public event of his trade mission to China.
The site will be the definitive resource for prospective tourists and students, giving accurate and trustworthy advice and information to 600 million Chinese-speaking internet users, in a year when London is set to break records again for Chinese visitors.
The Mayor landed in Beijing just hours earlier. As well as Beijing, his six day trip will see him visiting Shanghai and Hon gKong. The Mayor wants to forge closer ties with China, now the world’s second largest economy, worth an estimated $8.2 trillion.
The Mayor of London has returned to China - this time on a trade visit, rather than to make jokes about "whiff- whaff" coming home.
Instead he has said he is determined to turn the capital's docklands into a Chinese business district, creating 20,000 jobs and strengthening UK ties with one of the world's largest economies.
The women returned home last month, and claim they're still having to take antidepressants to cope.
Consular staff, both in London and China, assisted the detainees and their families in the UK, to the best of their abilities.
Speaking to The Sun (£) Esther Jubril-Badmos said:
We were taken to the station, strip-searched, interrogated and thrown into a torture chamber.
They threatened to strap us in a metal seat. It looked like an electric chair.
Mary Aderonke Idowu claims she spent weeks:
Chained to a wheelchair and injected with a cocktail of drugs.
Two women jailed in China after getting into a row over a fake pair of Gucci flip-flops claim they were "drugged and tortured" by officials.
Clothing importer, Esther Jubril-Badmos from Enfield was visiting a supplier in Ghangzhou with and Mary Idowu who lives in Hackney. Esther claims a fight broke out after she refused to buy the shoes, because she thought they were fake.