“Beautiful China, more than China” Global Panda Fans’ Tour Around Sichuan Today!
On the morning of Dec. 15th, the departure ceremony of “Beautiful China, more than China” Global Panda Fans’ Tour Around Sichuan was grandly held in Kuanzhai Xiangzi (China Lane). Fans of panda from all over the world started their journey in Sichuan from here.
The news of recruiting fan of “2016 Beautiful China, more than pandas” once released and has instantly received a large number of registrations from all over the globe. After rounds of selections, 25 fans of panda from the US, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, the UK, Hong Kong (China) and Taiwan region have been chosen and attended the ceremony today.
Veronica Cardona, the fan representative from the States, shared her story about panda. She told the story about her accident four years ago that tragicallyput her on a wheelchair for the rest of her life.However, the look of a giant panda walks her of the shadow, regaining vitality and happiness. This trip to the hometown of giant panda is the most important journey to her after the accident and the turning point of her life. She wants to visit giant pandas that helped her to “live again”and she extends her gratitude to those who contribute effort to the protection and reproduction of giant pandas.
Next, the representative of fans and the representative from Chengdu Culture & Tourism Group exchanged their gifts, extending good wishes to each other.
Finally, the team leader of fans received the flag of “Beautiful China, more than China” Global Panda Fans’ Tour Around Sichuan from the representative of the host, which marked the official launch of the campaign!
As this is the first time for most panda fans coming to Chengdu, for the sake of a better understanding and deepened experience to a Sichuan-featured culture, the departure ceremony included a special touring activity for fans from all over the world. They gave a go to make Chinese knots, paper-cutting, San Da Pao (Three Sticky Rice balls), and sugar drawing. Under the instruction of professional masters, fans have tried different skills and had a great fun!
In the next incoming Sichuan activities, panda fans will enjoy an unforgettable journey. They will visit Sichuan Cuisine Museum to learn and taste the famous Sichuan dishes and watch tea ceremony performance and Sichuan opera. They will go to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and learn about the habits of a giant panda. They will also see the live streaming room of Panda.tv which turns giant pandas into online celebrities. Fans will see many adorable pandas from live streaming and experience the work as a director. Have a bite of Wotou, the favorite snack of panda and enjoy the treat of the national treasure. Learn a few Tai-chi moves in Mount Qingcheng as well as the culture of Taoism. Appreciate the magnificence of the world biggest stone-carved Buddha sculpture in Leshan. Go to the Mount Emei Scenic Area and witness the five features of Emei: the magnificence, the beauty, the uniqueness, the treacherousness and the tranquility. Finally, panda fans will share their stories during the trip and post them on their webpages so that more people will get to know Sichuan and fall in love with it, too.