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Pandas receive one millionth visit

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The millionth visitor to Taipei Zoo’s panda house, Chou Chie-ting, front right, receives a gift pack at the zoo yesterday while the two runners up, flanked by zoo officials, hold up their prizes in the back row.

PHOTO: CNA

Taipei Zoo’s panda house received its millionth visitor yesterday since its opening less than three months ago.

The visitor, Chou Chie-ting (周婕葶), a four-year-old girl from Taipei County, received a gift pack containing a pair of chopsticks, a cup, a hat, a USB flash drive with panda patterns, a ticket for the film Trail of the Panda and cards with the footprints of Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan on them.

The pandas were offered to Taiwan as a gift in 2005 after a visit to China by then Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰). The animals were rejected by the previous government, but were finally delivered to Taiwan on Dec. 24 last year after the current government decided to accept them.

The pandas have since been housed at Taipei Zoo and were officially put on public display on Jan. 26.

To cope with an influx of visitors, the zoo has set up numbered slip dispensers to control the maximum number of visitors at 14,000 per day.

The method has also enabled the zoo to keep track of how many visitors have been to the panda house.

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