HEADLINE Xiang Xiang debuts at Tokyo Zoo

HEADLINE

Xiang Xiang debuts at Tokyo Zoo

People's Daily app

20:51, December 19, 2017

2772b6e4d217e2e19debd74283d6b0609f1aef1e.jpg

The panda cub's name Xiang Xiang is derived from the Chinese character for "fragrance." (Photo: AFP)

Panda cub Xiang Xiang made her public debut on Monday morning 190 days after her birth at Japan’s Ueno Zoo.

At 9:45 am local time, Xiang Xiang was seen climbing a stump before meeting her Japanese fans. It’s the first time Japanese visitors have been able to see a panda in a zoo since 1988 when male panda You You met the public.

1.JPG

Xiang Xiang was born in Japan on June 12. The cub has grown from 147 grams at birth to more than 12 kilograms.

China hopes Xiang Xiang will continue to promote peace and friendship with Japan and the two peoples, said Wang Wan, counselor at the friendly exchange office of the Chinese Embassy in Japan.

When Kang Kang and Lan Lan arrived at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo early in October 1972 to commemorate the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, they immediately caused a sensation.

8.JPG

Since her birth, Xiang Xiang has repeatedly earned Japanese media headlines. She was formally named Xiang Xiang on September 25 through the participation of more than 320,000 people.

To enable more people to see Xiang Xiang, Ueno Zoo from Monday will broadcast in real time.

Xiang Xiang has brought great economic benefits, about 26.7 billion yen (1.57 billion yuan) to Tokyo annually, according to statistics from Kansu University Honorary Professor Miyamoto Shohor.

Ueno Station, the nearest metro station to Ueno Zoo, is panda-themed with a variety of posters, food and beverages.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue