We could not be in China without visiting the Giant Pandas so took ourselves off to the Beijing Zoo. Pandas sleep about 16 hours a day so we timed our visit for the morning when we heard they were most likely to be active.
The first Panda we saw was sitting up munching on a feast of bamboo leaves. He looked like he was at a resort, lounging against a rock and enjoying himself. When he finished eating he walked over to a platform for a snooze and had a cute wiggle as he walked. Pandas are pigeon toed so I guess that accounts for their unusual gait.
We wandered past a few other panda enclosures but they were chilling out and mostly sleeping. Then we were lucky enough to watch two 18 month old male panda twins playing together.
They bear hugged each other, chased each other, nipped at each other, rolled through the dirt together, climbed up a platform and slid off it. We stood there mesmerised for about 20 minutes until they exhausted themselves and lay down for a nap.
Here are a few random facts I have now discovered about Pandas. Continue reading