Giant Panda, Chengdu MG_3521

Fact check: Gifts of giant pandas to American and Japanese zoos formed an important part of the diplomacy of the People’s Republic of China in the 1970s, as it marked some of the first cultural exchanges between the PRC and the West. This practice has been termed “panda diplomacy”.  By 1984, however, pandas were no longer given as gifts. Instead, the PRC began to offer pandas to other nations only on 10-year loans, under terms including a fee of up to US$1,000,000 per year and a provision that any cubs born during the loan are the property of the PRC.

This panda might be four years old and forage solo in his enclosure.

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Giant Pandas, Chengdu MG_3367

And this is what these gentle creatures do most of the time: sit, relax and eat among other things, their favorite pastime.  The research center has dedicated different sites for the Pandas based on their size and age.  Here, we are looking at a three years old Panda, if my memory serves me well.

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A good yawning before napping.

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Another one…

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Now time to eat… en route.

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Giant Panda Bears, Chengdu MG_3288

One cannot visit Chengdu and miss the opportunity to witness this Research Base which serves as a sanctuary for these beautiful animals.  It is the only one of its kind in the world.  Giant Pandas are naturally solitary animals and live mostly in Bamboo forests in the high mountains.  The first two on the tree are considered juvenile Pandas of less than a year.

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Juvenile Panda climbing a tree.

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A more mature Panda.

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Chengdu Cityscapes, China

Early flight from Xian to the city of Chengdu, known primarily for three distinct facts:its spicy Sichuan cuisine, and according to our female guide, spicy girls and the famous Panda Bears, its most relaxed local celebrities.

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Over 15 millions inhabitants live in this municipality from latest census.  Chengdu is the fifth-most populous agglomeration in China,heavily populated and is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centers in Western China.  Some of China’s most important literature and fine arts comes from Chengdu.

 

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