Monday, 11 August 2014

Picture of the Day: Fake Pandas

How do these pandas in Shanghai...
Last year it was the Rubber Duck that captivated Hong Kong last summer and then China had to do one (or many) better by creating its own versions. The one in Beijing for instance had to be bigger than the one in Hong Kong...

And then this year it's the pandas. There were 1,600 pandas that invaded the city last month, a project presented by WWF to bring to attention there are only 1,600 pandas left in the wild.

... compare to these ones that visited Hong Kong recently?
Now that the cute black and white creatures have left (presumably on the Cathay Pacific flight that they arrived on), Shanghai has decided to copy Hong Kong again.

One thousand toy pandas with various facial expressions were placed the steps of the Shanghai World Financial Centre for a promotional event.

While they attracted onlookers with cameras, these pandas are hardly as cute as those created by French artist Paulo Grangeon.

Just another sad commentary of how the mainland strives to be cool, and yet it can only think of copying what's already been done before...


  1. To be fair, the original exhibit was pretty ill-conceived too. All it succeeded in doing was making it look like there are loads of them left, not that they're as rare as they are.

    1. HI Anonymous... we'll have to see if people care enough to donate and such... but I'm sure the number of 1,600 will stick in people's heads for a while...

  2. actually we should hold the CCP responsible for the smaller population of pandas in China. Especially true for the PRC Chinese destroying the habitat of the pandas.

    1. Hi nulle -- which is why the Chinese government has its panda conservation centre in Sichuan... but it hasn't been very successful in breeding pandas in captivity...

    2. It's easy but overly simplistic to play the "Blame China" game, nulle. Throwing in 'CCP' and 'PRC China' doesn't help your argument, it just make it look like you're playing political favorites. "China" would have sufficed.

      Look at habitat loss in the Americas, Europe, and everywhere else too, really. It's a global problem. And can we really point fingers at China when we've offshored all our production and pollution there just to make our products cheaper and our profits and CEO pay higher?

      Let's not oversimplify. There's plenty of blame to go around: This is everybody's fault, not China's alone.