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Pandas Returned to China and Pandas Abroad

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In ancient China, during the Tang Dynasty (618–907), pandas used to be given as precious national gifts.

From the 1950s, the government of China gave out pandas as gifts to the nations which kept a friendly relationship with China or those that China intended to develop a good relationship with.

However, from 1982, when the number of pandas decreased due to changes in the environment, the government began to rent pandas to other countries instead of giving them as presents.

Pandas Return from Overseas — Lin Bing, Tai Shan…

Lin Bing — Queen of Twins

Lin Bing was born in Thailand in 2009. She is so famous in Thailand that everyone knows her name, no matter how old or young they are.

As all pandas are considered to belong to China, she was sent to China in 2013. Only two years after arriving there, she gave birth to a pair of twins. Recently, she gave birth to another little pair of panda twins, which cheered the hearts of every panda fan.

Now, Lin Bing lives in the Panda Research Center at Wolong National Nature Reserve.

Tai Shan — Prince from Washington D.C.

Tai Shan was born in Washington D.C., the capital of the USA, in 2005. He is the first panda cub to have been born in the National Zoo to have survived for longer than a few days. Therefore, after he came into the world, he was spoiled by the American people.

Although the date that Tai Shan should have returned to China had been delayed twice, the American people had to say goodbye to him in 2010.

Last year, Tai Shan finally met his soul mate – Wen Yu – and may have the chance to become a "dad” this year. Tai Shan now lives in Dujiangyan Panda Base.

Meilun and Meihuan — Panda Twin Stars

Meilun and Meihuan are twin sisters who were born in Atlanta in 2013. They are the first panda twins to have survived in the USA.

Meilun and Meihuan were returned to China in November 2016. What makes them famous in China is the interesting fact that they can’t get used to a Chinese panda diet, but are addicted to American cookies, and were unable to understand the Sichuan dialect but could understand English orders in the early period after they arrived.

Now, they are accustomed to the diet served to them at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Bao Bao — the Most Popular "TV Host" Ever

Bao Bao was born in Washington D.C. in 2013. In the same way as her older brother, Tai Shan, Bao Bao has been loved by the American people since she came into the world.

In every American zoo that has kept pandas, there is a "panda channel" broadcasting the daily lives of the pandas for 24 hours each day. Bao Bao’s channel was the most popular one with over 10 million people watching her daily life through the Internet.

Bao Bao went to China in February 2017 and now lives in Dujiangyan Panda Base with her brother.

9 Places to See Giant Pandas — Besides China

As previously mentioned, the Chinese government last gave pandas as gifts in the 1950s and now rents pandas to other countries. There are about 52 pandas still living abroad. Where can you meet these pandas? Here we have listed 9 places for your reference:

  • The USA: the National Zoo (Washington D.C.), the San Diego Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, the Memphis Zoo
  • Canada: the Toronto Zoo
  • The UK: Edinburgh Zoo
  • Australia: Adelaide Zoo
  • Singapore: Singapore Zoo
  • Spain: Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

See Pandas with China Highlights

If you are interested in seeing giant pandas in China, check out our most popular panda itineraries below for inspiration:

Alternatively, if you have your own unique requirements or interests, you can also contact us to tailor-make a tour for you.

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