Pandamania

For my inaugural post, I am going to dedicated it to the recent hysteria that has been caused by the 1,600 pandas on HK soil. I think it’s safe to say that these cuties have caused quite a stir in the territory and their presence has brought a lot of attention.

After touring France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Taiwan, the pandas finally made it to Hong Kong! This world tour was launched in 2008 by the WWF with the help of French artist Paulo Grangeon who made the pandas in order to raise awareness for the conservation of this endangered species. 1,600 represents the number of pandas left in the wild, and they have been made in 6 different shapes and sizes from recycled materials.

They landed safely at HK International Airport on 9 June and were already subjected to many photo shoots even before they left the plane. They toured around Hong Kong, stopping at various locations for only a couple of hours at a time, before moving on quickly. These locations included Sha Tin Racecourse, Mongkok Sai yeung Choi Street, Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Clock Tower and Star Ferry amongst others. Their tour concluded at a temporary resting place, PMQ in Central, where they will remain until Thursday 17 July. I was very lucky to be able to “catch” them whilst they were undergoing their public photoshoot under the sun near the clocktower at Tsim Sha Tsui.

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At PMQ, as well as being able to take photos of the bears in the main square, there is also an opportunity to hug and take selfies with the paper maches too! The queue is not short, but personally I think it is totally worth it. Small groups will be allocated to 3 small bears for one minute, and as long as you don’t abuse the paper mache bears, you are allowed to take as many pictures in as many poses as the minute will allow.

Today is the last day to see their cute pandas and I strongly recommend you to go if you haven’t been already! Don’t miss out, even for a quick glimpse and photo with them!

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