Recently, “Panda Embraces the World” - a historical and cultural exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the giant panda's introduction to the world was officially opened in France's National Museum of Natural History. The event is cosponsored by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base for short) and the French National Museum of National History, and supported by the Chengdu Company of OBEO, the Panda Channel of CCTV.com and other organizations.
The exhibition is divided into five major parts: “Pandas and History - the 150th Anniversary Exhibition of the Giant Panda's Introduction to the World”; “Pandas and Conservation - Panda Conservation Achievements Exhibition”; “Pandas and Art - Contemporary Giant Panda Art Exhibition and Traditional Giant Panda Art Exhibition”; “Pandas and Love - Interactive Exhibition on Panda Science Popularization” and “Sino-French Agricultural Science and Technology Park Publicity Exhibition”. Through curtains, display boards, artworks, cultural and creative products, live broadcast, VR experience among others, the exhibition fully shares with the audience the historical stories, conservation achievements, international cooperation, popular science knowledge, cultural connotation and artistic charm of the giant panda. Besides, it effectively shows China's giant panda conservation achievements to the world, promotes the building of “Sanxingdui, Jiuzhaigou and Giant Panda” cultural tourism brand in Sichuan, and strengthens the friendship between the Chinese and French people.
2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the giant panda's introduction to the world and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France. Accordingly, the Chengdu Panda Base also launched the New Year special exhibition of “Looking back to 1869 - Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Giant Panda's Introduction to the World” earlier this year.
Chengdu Panda Base's global giant panda art tour has been successful in Macao (China), Yongin (Korea), Hong Kong (China), Beijing (China), Tokyo (Japan), Chengdu (China), Berlin (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), etc.
International cooperation between China and France on giant pandas:
On January 15, 2012, “Yuan Zi” and “Huan Huan” - two giant pandas from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - arrived in France by a special plane, marking the beginning of a 10-year international cooperative research program on giant pandas.
On August 4, 2017, “Huan Huan” gave birth for the first time.
On December 4, 2017, Bridget, the First Lady of France, named the cub of “Huan Huan” (a sojourner giant panda living in France) “Yuan Meng” and acted as its “godmother”.