New Year’s Greetings from the 2020 Panda Cubs from the Chengdu Panda Base

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (hereinafter referred to as the Panda Base) and the Xue Xi Qiang Guo, a platform for civic education held a New Year greeting event with all the giant panda cubs born in 2020 at the Moonlight Nursery House to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival. Concurrently, the Giant Panda Channel constructed by the Xue Xi Qiang Guo and the Panda Base was officially launched, bringing a comprehensive and multi-dimensional giant panda cultural experience to people all over the country. On the same day, the two organizations officially awarded Li Ziqi, a short video creator, the title Panda Sister to join the effort to spread the excellent panda culture from China.

Checking out the most adorable “dumplings” on the Minor New Year’s Day: Blessings from the 2020 panda cubs at the Moonlight Nursery House

The panda cubs participating in the New Year’s Greetings event all reside in the Moonlight Nursery House of the Panda Base. In addition to Run Yue, Ai Jiu, He Hua, and He Ye who have already been introduced, younger cubs, including Jin Xi, Jin Shuang, Fu Shuang, and the pigeon pair Qiang Qiang and Guo Guo adopted by the Xue Xi Qiang Guo also made appearances. The event immediately came to a climax when the panda cubs arrived and attracted everyone’s attention.

According to Panda Base staff, the idea of ​holding the New Year’s Greetings event comes from the tradition of making and eating sweet dumplings in southern China during the Spring Festival. Associating the black-and-white coat and round body of giant pandas with sesame dumplings, they planned to bring the most adorable “dumplings” to people across the country on the Minor New Year’s Day, wishing everyone a happy new year and all the best.

In the past year, the Panda Base has achieved laudable results in breeding. As indicated by statistics, a total of 14 panda cubs have been bred in 2020, and all of them are healthy. 3 cubs born in March 2020 set the record for earliest births at the Panda Base, while Ai Jiu, born in June and weighing 219g, became the heaviest newborn cub ever recorded at the Panda Base.

Xue Xi Qiang Guo Giant Panda Channel was successfully launched, making the Panda Base the first Xue Xi Qiang Guo Popular Science Base in China.

Apart from the adorable New Year’s greetings, to tell the stories of the giant panda and spread the giant panda culture, the Giant Panda Channel, created by the Xue Xi Qiang Guo and the Panda Base, was also officially launched today. By setting up six themes, i.e., Panda Headlines, Pandas Live, Panda Views, the Panda School, Panda Home, and Panda Park, the Channel gathers information, funny pictures, popular science, personage, and cultural activities related to giant pandas.

On the same day, the Xue Xi Qiang Guo adopted the pigeon pair Chong Yang and Zhu Yu of the Panda Base, who are now called Qiang Qiang and Guo Guo, to promote panda culture and traditional Chinese culture across the country as the ambassadors of Xue Xi Qiang Guo. The Panda Base issued a Certificate of Adoption to the Xue Xi Qiang Guo. The Platform awarded the Panda Base the title Xue Xi Qiang Guo Popular Science Base in China and officially unveiled the plate. The two organizations will fully integrate the popular science education resources of the Panda Base, and delve, refine, and disseminate popular science, including giant panda knowledge.

On the same day, the short video creator Li Ziqi took part in the event as an invited guest and received the Panda Sister certificate issued by the Xue Xi Qiang Guo and the Panda Base. In addition, accompanied by experts from the Panda Base, she participated in making panda enrichment items and presented keepers a bowl of streaming handmade dumplings, offering New Year’s blessings to giant pandas and keepers in her own way.

At present, the Panda Base still thoroughly disinfects the facilities multiple times a day and has implemented various epidemic prevention measures to ensure the safety and health of both the animals and personnel. On this basis, the Panda Base will not be closed during the Spring Festival, and the pandas are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.


Observing panda feces and panda bread

Presenting dumplings to the keepers

Watching promotional videos

Unveiling the plate

Unveiling the plate

Visiting Qiang Qiang and Guo Guo

Visiting Qiang Qiang and Guo Guo

Wang Yuanyuan, Head of the Sichuan Office of the Xue Xi Qiang Guo

Wu Yongsheng, Secretary and Director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Awarding the title Panda Sister

A keeper showing Li Ziqi around the Panda Kitchen

Making enrichment items

Making enrichment items

Group photo