Panda Pair Leaves China for Luxurious Dutch Home (PHOTOS)

© Photo : Li ChuanyouAn early photo of one-year-old Wu Wen at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province
An early photo of one-year-old Wu Wen at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province - Sputnik International
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The capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, Chengdu, sent two giant pandas to the Netherlands on Tuesday as part of China's "panda diplomacy."

A statement sent by the Giant Panda Conservation Center (GPCC) to the Global Times on Tuesday said the pandas, Xingya and Wuwen, a male-female pair, will be 4 years old by August. They will be received by Ouwehands Dierenpark, a zoo in Rhenen, Utrecht.

© Photo : Li ChuanyouAn early photo of one-year-old Wu Wen at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province
An early photo of one-year-old Wu Wen at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province - Sputnik International
An early photo of one-year-old Wu Wen at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province

This is the first time that pandas will be sent to the Netherlands.

The statement said the pandas are provided with 40 kilogram of bamboo, 5 kilograms of bamboo shoots, 1.4 kilograms of concentrated feed, 500 grams of carrots and 100 grams of apples a day.

© Photo : Li ChuanyouTwo-year-old Xing Ya at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province
Two-year-old Xing Ya at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province - Sputnik International
Two-year-old Xing Ya at home in Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Called "Pandasia," their new home covers about 9,000 square meters at a cost of 7 million euros (about $ 7 million), considered the most luxurious panda garden.

The GPCC said the pandas will be accompanied by seasoned breeders and veterinarians, who will work together with Dutch experts until the pandas adapt to life in their new home in Ouwehands Dierenpark.

The US-born giant panda Baobao made its official debut on Friday after a one-month quarantine period at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Southwest China's Sichuan Province - Sputnik International
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Zhang Zhizhong, GPCC Party chief, said during the send-off ceremony that "this event will spread pandas around the world, and begins a new chapter of international cooperation on giant panda research."

The latest pandas came from the GPCC's Shenshuping Base in the Wolong National Nature Reserve, Wenchuan county, the first time it has done so since being rebuilt following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, and an important footprint in building the "Belt and Road Panda Garden," the statement said.

The GPCC is cooperating with 13 zoos in 11 countries, including the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Belgium and the Netherlands.

This article appeared originally in the Global Times.

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