November 12, 2007

Weekend Snapshot #10: Forbidden Panda

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Forbidden Panda

I missed WS #9 because I was in Beijing so I thought it would be a good idea to enter a picture taken that weekend for WS #10 to keep to the theme of my current posts.

This photo is of a stuffed Panda which a tour guide was using to lead his group inside The Forbidden City. I thought it was really cute and a nice change from the usual ordinary flag or umbrella other guides were using.

The adorable and sadly endangered Giant Panda is a popular symbol in China, to which it is native. There are less than 1,000 in the wild today and about 60 in zoos around the world.

Check out the other entries this week here.

18 comments:

Sandy Carlson said...

This is a great photo and a wonderful reminder of the precarious future of the giant panda. Thanks for sharing.

mousey said...

wonderful shot. very unique one for promoting to care for wild life.

joey said...

That panda is so cute! Great shot on many levels...

Dhanggit said...

wow soo cutey this panda....i checked weekend snapshot i will definitely join you there :-)

Deb said...

Nice shot of the panda! What's it like in Beijing at this time of the year? My trip there in July was so hot and crowded, we gave up when we saw the long queues for tickets into the Forbidden City. Sigh...maybe next trip...

jennyr said...

adorable indeed! that's quite unique WS!

♥Shabem-®♥ said...

Very nice symbol. I love panda.
Cute shot!

Liza said...

Great shot, thanks for sharing. I was in China a few years ago, too bad didn't get to visit Beijing. Happy Tuesday!

SabineM said...

THat is a funny picture!
I was in Beijing June 2006 for the first time! I LOVED IT! Soo many beautiful places to see

christine said...

Thank you Sandy and Mousey. :) Humans are slowly destroying the planet and now we're feeling Mother Nature's wrath. We all need to start doing our share to appease her and nurse the planet back to health.

Thanks Joey! Cute like you! :)

Dhanggit, I'm happy to hear that! The more than manier! hehe. :)

Hi Deb! Beijing now is beautiful, the temperature has dropped to anywhere between 2-7 deg C depending on time of day, and the leaves are turning. We were lucky our tours were pre-arranged and paid for so there was no queueing needed. But I know what you mean, I've sworn off travelling around Asia anywhere between March to July. The heat is unbearable! I hope you have a better time on your next trip. :)

christine said...

Jennyr and Shabem thank you! :) I'm coming round to check yours out after this.

Thank you, Liza. Which part of China did you go to? I'm interested in other places now such as Xian, and will be visitin Xiamen at the end of the year. :)

Sabine, you're so right. We missed out on so many places because there wasn't enough time and we didn't want to cut anything short. Beijing is pretty amazing! :)

Carver said...

I like the idea of the panda leading the tour. Great idea and a good shot.

Joshua said...

Oh, I love Pandas! It's just so sad to think that they are getting lesser and lesser each year. Thanks for this and thank you for the warm welcome in WS! I love your blog. I hope you don't mind that I've added you to my blogroll. Good day!

Gellianne said...

Hi! What happened to the Panda? will she/ he just be there? So cute? I want to hug her!

christine said...

Thank you Carver, nice of you to drop by too. :)

Joshua, I'll be honored that you do, thanks! :) I'll be coming around to yours again that's for sure.

Hi Gelli! Did you mean this particular panda? Well hopefully she'll continue to lead visitors around her hometown for many years to come. :)

Kelly Mahoney said...

Aww, cute photo. People stand in line for hours at the National Zoo here to see the pandas.

christine said...

Thanks Kelly! Pandas are so incredibly amazing, they're worth lining up for. :)

veron said...

A panda symbolizes luck in chinese , I think. My grandmother gave me a gold panda bracelet as her legacy to me....I cherish it a lot!