1,600 Pandas Descend Upon Hong Kong

  • Pandas will descend upon Hong Kong to highlight conservation and mark the opening PMQ mall.

    Pandas will descend upon Hong Kong to highlight conservation and mark the opening PMQ mall.

  • French artist Paulo Grangeon created the pandas from recycled material.

    French artist Paulo Grangeon created the pandas from recycled material.

  • Special pandas will be created for the visit to Hong Kong.

    Special pandas will be created for the visit to Hong Kong.

  • A Hong Kong-themed panda.

    A Hong Kong-themed panda.

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Visitors and residents of Hong Kong may come across an unusual sight this June: 1,600 papier-mâché pandas will be scattered across 10 landmarks in the city in an effort to promote conservation and sustainability. Originally created by French artist Paulo Grangeon for conservation organization WWF in 2008, these 30-centimeter-tall creatures represent the remaining 1,600 pandas in the world. Dubbed the 1,600 Pandas World Tour, the installation will grace Hong Kong International Airport, the giant Tian Tan Buddha, Tsing Ma Bridge, Shatin Racecourse, the Hong Kong Coliseum, the Clock Tower at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Victoria Park, and Ocean Park beside living pandas. Previous stops for the pandas have included France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Taiwan. Made entirely from recycled materials, the pandas will mark the opening of socially-conscious retail emporium PMQ during its June opening month. Grangeon will create a special set of the black-and-white creatures for the Hong Kong stop of the tour.

For more information, visit PMQ.

 

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