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“LingLing” and “XingXing”

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“Linlin”and “Xingxing”, were gifts to the United States from Mao Zedong in commemoration of President Richard Nixon 's ice-breaking trip to China in 1972. The pandas had been captured in the wild in June and December of 1971. They arrived at the National Zoo in Washington, DC , on April 16, 1972, and were formally received several days later, on April 20th, at a ceremony attended by First Lady Pat Nixon . While at the zoo, they attracted millions of visitors each year.

During their time at the National Zoo, the pair had five cubs, but none of them survived past a few days.

Ling-Ling died suddenly from heart failure in December 1992, [ 2 ] at which time she was the longest-lived giant panda in captivity outside China . Hsing-Hsing would go on to pass her record when he was euthanized by zookeepers in November 1999 at the age of 28 due to painful kidney failure . Following Hsing-Hsing's death, the zoo received thousands of letters and cards from people across the country expressing sympathy.

YA’AN Ya'an is a prefecture-level city in the western part of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China, located just below the Tibetan Plateau.The first giant panda was found in Baoxing County of Ya'an; Ya'an is also the origin of Artificial planting tea of the world; Mengding Mountain in Mingshan County, has been keeping seven tea trees, which are believed to be the origins of tea, for more than 1,000 years.

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