Two pandas to fly to France

Updated: 2012-01-10 16:49

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CHENGDU -- French people will soon be able to meet two new giant pandas in ZooParc de Beauval, central France.

The pair, Yuanzai and Huanhuan from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding will fly to France on Jan 15, said Zhang Zhihe, director to the base at a news conference on Tuesday.

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The pandas will also take the non-stop Boeing 777 of FedEx, as Yangguang and Tiantian did in December to Edinburgh, said Deng Kai, an employee at the express company.

This is the second time that China sent pandas to France.

In 2000, after living 27 years in the Paris Zoo, Yanyan died after Lili died of cancer only one year after arrival in France.

The new pair will live in ZooParc de Beauval, said David Algranti, a French Pambassador (panda ambassador) who spent one month at the Chengdu panda base helping take care of pandas with other five volunteers in September 2010.

"I think pandas will have a happy time there," he said. The zoo has built a modern panda park installed with advanced equipments.

The pair will stay in France for 10 years. On January 27, they will attend a ceremony celebrating the 48th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and France. The two countries will cooperate in fields including panda breeding and raising the public's awareness.