20 October 2018
Eat up your carrots -- they're good for your eyes.
Eat up your carrots -- they're good for your eyes.

Globetrotting paper pandas touch down in Hong Kong

It’s panda-monium in Hong Kong with the arrival in the city Monday of French sculptor Paulo Grangeon and 1,600 papier-mâché pandas, one for each living on the planet. 

The pack flew in to Hong Kong International Airport from Thailand for a two-week tour that will take in various scenic spots, including Ma Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Victoria Park and Ocean Park, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

They will then go on show at PMQ in Central until mid-July.

Hong Kong is just one stop on the pandas’ world tour — they’ve already been on show in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Taiwan. 

A few similar exhibitions have been staged on the mainland but Grangeo said they are not associated with his creations. He said that he would like to take the pandas to the mainland if he could find a partner.

Grangeo said the panda project is an environmentally friendly endeavor, with each one handmade from recycled paper. Grangeon has also tailor-made four pandas for Hong Kong, the report said.

Newswire ET Net reported that after the exhibition in the city, the pandas will be available for adoption for between HK$200 (US$25.70) and HK$450. Each comes with a birth certificate made from poopoopaper, paper made from animal poop.

Interested parties can register online starting from June 25 and all proceeds will go to the local office of WWF.

There are also places in panda-making workshops for HK$188 per person, with registration from June 16.

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A well-traveled member of Paulo Grangeon’s panda pack prepares to set paw in Hong Kong. Photos: PMQ Facebook

Hong Kong International Airport welcomes some of the hundreds of paper pandas that will go on show in the city.

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