Info: Giant Pandas can grow up to 1.5m long and weigh as much as 150kg. They are excellent climbers, with cubs able to clamber up trees when they are just 6 months old. Giant pandas can also swim and, unlike most other bears, they do not hibernate for months at a time during winter. Giant pandas live mainly in temperate forests high in the mountains of southwest China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo.
When U.S. President Nixon visited China for the first time in 1972, the U.S. government officials especially asked for visiting the Panda House in Beijing Zoo. The first lady showed great love for the cute creatures. At the farewell banquet, then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai surprisingly promised to send a pair of giant pandas to the U.S. as a gift. The "panda diplomacy" later became known to the world.