"Happy" pandas arrive in Macao for region's anniversary

15:30, December 19, 2010      

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Panda "Kai Kai" is transferred to a truck at the airport in Macao, south China, Dec. 18, 2010. A pair of giant pandas that were given by the China's central government as a gift to the Macao Special Administrative Region arrived at Macao on Saturday. Departing from Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan province, the chartered plane that carried the panda pair landed in Macao this afternoon, after which the two pandas, "Kai Kai" and "Xin Xin ", were delivered to the panda pavilion at Seac Pai Van Park in Macao's Coloane district. (Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka) Two giant pandas named Kai Kai and Xin Xin -- after "kaixin," the Chinese word for "happy" -- arrived in Macao Saturday to help the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The fluffy pair were given by China's central government as a gift to the SAR. The gift was announced by President Hu Jintao during a visit to Macao on Dec. 19 last year.

The pandas left the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, capital of China's Sichuan province, at around 10 a.m. after a half-hour farewell appearance and their flight took off at 11:40 a.m.

"They had a happy childhood here. We wish them a bright future in Macao," said Yin Hong, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration.

The central government hoped to enhance cooperation in wildlife protection research as giant pandas were a "national treasure," Yin said.

The chartered plane that carried the panda pair landed in Macao Saturday afternoon, after which the two pandas were delivered to the panda pavilion at Seac Pai Van Park in Macao's Coloane district.

The pandas had to be quarantined for at least a month and they needed to get used to the environment in Macao before the panda pavilion could be open to the public, said Yang Zhi, a veterinarian from the Chengdu base.


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