The Panda is popular. I just Googled the Giant Panda and there were 269,071 hits and that was just for Blogs. The first post was “Pandas are Precious“. The second Blog was from the Smithsonian and was about Mei Xiang, a Giant Panda, who wasn’t pregnant.
When we took my sister and her youngest daughter to China in 2008, my forty-year-old niece wanted to see the Pandas and have a picture taken of one sitting on her lap.
The Giant Panda, because it is so cute with its black and white coloring, is considered by many of the bear’s fans as docile, but it has been known to attack humans. It probably isn’t a good idea to have a Giant Panda sit on your lap. An adult male may weigh 330 pounds and a female 275 pounds. That pudgy bear is cute, but it is still a wild animal.
In fact, China’s Giant Pandas are considered a living treasure. Although the dragon has historically served as China’s national emblem, recently the Giant Panda has also served as an emblem for the country. The Chengdu Research Base is working hard to breed the Pandas so the species survives.
The Budget Traveler is a good site to find out about places to see the Giant Panda in China.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the lusty love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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