The Pandas Arrive in Taiwan 3

They’re here…



For those who think that they’re “just animals” and that it’s a completely apolitical gift on the part of the People’s Republic of China…well, just look at their names: “Tuan Tuan” and “Yuan Yuan”. In Chinese “Tuan yuan” means reunion.


Pandas sent to Taiwan

Pandas sent to Taiwan

Anyway, they’ll be quarantined for about a month and are due to make their public debut just before Chinese New Year in late January. The Taipei Zoo in Mucha, where the pandas will be housed, expects a first day turnout of 100,000+ people. I wonder how many will be protesting this “goodwill gift” outside?

Hmm…maybe Taiwan can give a Taiwansese bear back as a gift? It could be named “Free Democracy”. 😆

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

  • Tom

    I remember hearing about Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan on the news…forget what it was talking about though…it seemed like something different than this.

  • teohjitkhiam

    Well, Brian. At least now the folks running PRC can claim that relationship with Taiwan now is in black and white, right?

  • Brian

    @teohjitkhiam: Taiwan bears are black & white, too 😉