As our kids pointed out to us, you can't exactly visit China and not get to see at least some pandas. We didn't have time to visit the panda sanctuary inland, where pandas are kept in semi wild conditions, but we did have the chance to fit in a visit to Beijing Zoo. As I explain in the book, at Beijing Zoo there are two types of animals: the pandas, and everything else. While the pandas are kept in the lap of luxury, the rest of the zoo could do with updating and the many of the enclosures need enlarging. The zoo is however definitely worth a visit for the pandas and the gardens alone.
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