China panda pair leave for German zoo

 

 

 

 

People send off giant pandas “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing” at the Chengdu Research

Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province,

on June 23, 2017.   Photo by Xue Yubin

 

Giant pandas “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing” are transferred into a chartered flight at an airport

in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on June 24, 2017,  to leave for Berlin

Zoo in Germany.   Photo – Xinhua

 

 

 

 

CHENGDU  |   2017-06-24 16:19:32

China panda pair

leave for German zoo

 

By Fang Ning, Yang Di and Liu Wei

 

 

Photos taken on May 3, 2017 show giant panda “Meng Meng” at the Chengdu

Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, capital of southwest

China’s Sichuan Province.   Photos – Xinhua

 

Photos taken on May 3, 2017 show giant panda “Jiao Qing” at the Chengdu

Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, capital of southwest

China’s Sichuan Province.   Photos – Xinhua

 

 

Giant pandas Meng Meng and Jiao Qing took a Lufthansa cargo flight from their home in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, for a 12-hour flight to Berlin on Saturday morning of June 24.

The plane took off at 9:35 a.m., taking the pandas and 1,000 kilograms of bamboo, apple and a large number of biscuits.

They were accompanied with two keepers from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and a senior vet from Berlin Zoo.

The keepers said that apples and Wotou, a Chinese steamed bread, are the pandas’ favorite food, which can help them relieve their tension and irritability during the long journey.

Their plane will make a stop-over for refueling in Novosibirsk, Russia before arriving in Berlin Saturday afternoon local time.

Four-year-old female panda Meng Meng and seven-year-old male panda Jiao Qing were in good health before the flight. Meng Meng is not yet adult panda. She is expected to be mated with Jiao Qing, after she turns six years old.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany. The pandas were sent as envoys of China-Germany friendship. They will live in Berlin Zoo for the next 15 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plane carrying pandas “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing” from China arrives at an airport

of Berlin, capital of Germany, on June 24, 2017.   Photo by Shan Yuqi

 

Crew members of the plane carrying pandas “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing” from China

wave national flags of China and Germany after arriving at an airport of Berlin, capital

of Germany, on June 24, 2017.   Photo by Shan Yuqi

 

Chinese ambassador to Germany Shi Mingde (3rd from left) and Mayor of Berlin Michael

Mueller (3rd from right) pose for photos during a welcoming ceremony for pandas

“Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing” from China at an airport of Berlin, capital of Germany,

on June 24, 2017. A pair of pandas have arrived here Saturday, making German public

able to visit the animal species again at home after five years.   Photo by Shan Yuqi

 

 

 

 

BERLIN  |  2017-06-25 18:51:58

China panda pair

arrive in Berlin,

with promise to stardom

 

By Zhang Yuan and Zhang Yirong

 

 

The arrival of a China panda pair in Berlin on Saturday has become a hot topic in the German capital and across the Western European country as TV presenters and local residents rejoiced at the idea of seeing the cuddly bear near home rather than taking a long trip abroad.

The male panda Jiao Qing, born in 2010, and the female one Meng Meng, born in 2013, came from the panda breeding and research base in Chengdu, southwest China.

The panda couple will stay in Berlin Zoo, the oldest one in Germany, for 15 years.

 

 

GRAND WELCOME

 

After a long trip by air accompanied by both Chinese and German vets, Jiao Qing and Meng Meng were greeted by Chinese Ambassador to Germany Shi Mingde and Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller.

“This year marks the 45 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Germany. I wish that the pandas as the ‘ambassador of friendship’ would be adored by German people,” Shi said while greeting the pandas at the airport.

“We are delighted that Berlin has gained another fantastic attraction with these bears,” Mueller said.

Newly constructed “Panda Garden” in the zoo, covering nearly 5,500 square meters and costing nearly 10 million euros (11.2 million U.S. dollars), will be the two pandas’ new home.

The panda pair were taken from the airport to the zoo with police protection so they did not have to stop at any red lights. They will take a few days to recover from the air trip and be unveiled to the public on July 6, according to Berlin Zoo.

Regarded as part of a national treasure in China, the panda couple has been applauded by local media as a symbol of “solid partnership with mutual trust, mutual benefit.”

Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem told Xinhua earlier in an interview that the zoo has done everything in its capacity to make the panda pair feel at home.

 

 

STAR ATTRACTION, FURRY ENVOY

 

It was not the first time that Chinese pandas travelled to Germany. Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt received two pandas, Bao Bao and Tian Tian, as state gifts in 1980 during his visit to China. The pair was welcomed by crowds in Berlin and the zoo even brought fresh bamboo from France to feed them.

The two pandas witnessed the robust development of bilateral relations. China has surpassed the United States to become the largest trade partner of Germany, and also the biggest investor for three consecutive years.

The charm of pandas also enlightened many vital moments in promoting friendship with other countries in China’s history.

As early as 685 AD, authorities of China’s Tang dynasty once sent pandas abroad to promote relations. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Chinese leaders sent a panda named Ping Ping to the former Soviet Union in 1957, showing close ties.

In 1972 when China-U.S. relations started to warm up, the Chinese government gave the United States two pandas, Xing Xing and Ling Ling, as gifts during former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s ice-breaking visit to Beijing.

Over 40 pandas are now living overseas, conveying a message of peace and friendship from China to the whole world, and bridging the culture gap between the east and west.

Wherever they go, the pandas never fail to touch people’s hearts, regardless nationality and age, and have become special envoys of China carrying blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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