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.
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