Like many of us coming to China for the first time, 3-year-old Bao Bao is having difficulties adapting to the strange languages and food of her ancestral homeland after growing up in the States.
Last week, as per agreement with the Chinese government, the world’s most adorable sex tourist was uprooted from her home at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and placed on a direct flight to China where she was then transported to the Dujiangyan Panda Base near Chengdu for a one-month quarantine.
At the panda center, instead of being served American biscuits for breakfast, Bao Bao is now given Chinese steamed corn bread, which she haughtily spits out. Fortunately though, the bamboo still tastes the same.
And at the same time, the staff at the center talk to her in the strange Sichuan dialect, rather than the English she has become accustomed to. The only thing that she can understand is her name, being deaf to any other command.
Still, Bao Bao’s keepers are confident that the panda will adapt quickly to her new life in the Middle Kingdom. Two Atlanta-born pandas faced the same challenges last year in dealing with the dark side of panda diplomacy.
[Images via Xinhua]
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