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Chinese State Councilor attends giant panda presentation ceremony in HK
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10:54, July 01, 2007

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Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan attended a giant panda presentation ceremony held here Saturday afternoon, and presented a pair of pandas to Hong Kong onbehalf of the Chinese central government.

The central government gave the pair of giant pandas "Le Le" and "Ying Ying" to Hong Kong as a gift to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Tang said that giant pandas are "national treasure" of China representing good luck. The central government has presented two pairs of giant pandas to Hong Kong, showing its care and blessing for Hong Kong as well as the affection between the people of Hong Kong and the mainland.

In 1999, the central government presented the first pair of pandas "An An" and "Jia Jia" to Hong Kong. In April this year, thesecond pair "Le Le" and "Ying Ying" arrived in Hong Kong. Both pairs are living at Hong Kong Ocean Park.

Tang said he hoped that "Le Le" and "Ying Ying" will bring happiness and good luck to Hong Kong.

After the ceremony, Tang viewed the new habitat of the giant pandas at Hong Kong Ocean Park.

Source: Xinhua

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