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Opening scene of the kung-fu spectacle “Shi Cha Hai,” produced by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports. More than 10 national and world martial arts champions perform in the all star cast.

The story of “Shi Cha Hai” follows two young Westerners who journey to Beijing after watching the film “Kung Fu Panda,” hoping to become the panda’s apprentice.

Scientists donned panda suits again yesterday for the historic transfer of giant panda Cao Cao and her cub Cao Gen to the outer ring of China’s Wolong Nature Reserve. Cao Gen became the first panda cub born in a semi-natural environment to be released into the semi-wild.

(Listen for Cao Gen’s bark when the basket cover is lifted at the end of the clip.)

Researchers decided to move the pandas after reports that Cao Gen had been exhibiting wild instincts, snarling at humans during his physical examinations. In the wild, these instincts help pandas defend themselves against threats from predators such as leopards.

Acting on a suggestion by panda expert Hu Jinchu, the Wolong reserve’s directors recently announced that the bears’ keepers will periodically dress up in leopard costumes and roar at the pandas to further encourage their survival instincts.

Cao Cao and Cao Gen’s new environment is situated at an elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level and measures 40,000 square meters. Fences around the area are specially-designed to ensure the pandas’ safety from other animals and to prevent them from escaping.

California dreamin’, on such a winter’s day.

A researcher dressed in a panda costume puts a panda cub into a box before its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in China’s Sichuan province.

The 4-month old cub, the first in the center to be trained for reintroduction into the wild, is monitored by hidden cameras.

Researchers performing the examination wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub’s environment is devoid of apparent human influence.

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2010 Egyptian advert for Panda Cheese

Researchers in China plan to send pregnant pandas bred in captivity into the semi-wilderness in an effort to introduce their cubs to a natural environment.

Zhang Hemin, head of the Wolong panda reserve in China’s province of Sichuan, told the Telegraph that one or two pregnant pandas would be released into a semiwild area by the end of the year.

“The pandas will give birth in this semiwild environment and teach their cubs how to forage for food and survive in the wild,” said Zhang.

The transitional period will last about two years, and the panda cubs will then be released into wild mountain forests outside the enclosed zone. Six pregnant pandas have been shortlisted for the task, and one or two of them will soon be chosen based on their health, temperament and survival skills.

Zhang said that veterinarians and other workers who enter the initial enclosed zone will have to meld into the environment to help keep it as wild an experience for the pandas as possible.

Zoo workers and vets who enter the zone will disguise themselves as pandas by donning a black-and-white fur coat and crawling on the ground.”

Back in the 1960’s, a small firm in Hong Kong – the Great Wall Plastics Factory – created a dirt-cheap 120 camera called the “Diana.” Crafted entirely of plastic, each camera cost about a dollar. As a mainstream product, the Diana was pretty much a failure – and was discontinued in the 1970’s. But like any superstar cut down in their prime, the Diana’s posthumous appeal skyrocketed. As a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi photographers, it was a rousing success. They loved its soft & dreamy images, super-saturated colors, unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots are raw & gritty, with a character all their own. In short order, the Diana rose to prominence as one of the most treasured and sought-after cult analog cameras from the late 70’s onward.

Ever look at a majestic classic car and wish that you could walk down to the dealership and pick up such a beauty brand new? That pretty much summed up the feelings of the analog photographers at Lomography when they came across the Diana. Who could resist the charms of its plastic body? How could one not absolutely love its lo-fi masterpiece photos? Something so beautiful, so classic, and so crucial to the world of analog photography shouldn’t have suffered such an early demise. And since they had the means, the knowledge, and the opportunity to rebuild the Diana from the ground up (with a few extras tossed in) – the Lomography Diana+ was born in 2007. The Diana’s original charms (radiant color-dripping lens, soft-focus surprises, all-plastic body, dead-simple shutter) were expertly duplicated to provide the authentic look n’ feel of the original. On top of that, new Pinhole & Endless Panorama features were added into the mix – paving the way for an entirely new class of Diana images and techniques.

To hold, point, and shoot a Diana camera implies a conscious decision to relinquish control. To concentrate your creative powers on capturing the moment and telling a story—rather than fiddling with a bunch of knobs and levers. A blurry-soft and dreamy-toned Diana image is more an interpretation of reality than a correct representation of it. In a way, it’s more accurate to compare the Diana to an oily vintage typewriter than to a megapixel machine of today. With each click of the shutter, a moment is captured in a unique and fairly unpredictable way—and a small narrative begins to reveal itself. As the viewer, you’re invited to read into it and interpret it in your own way.

Lomography’s Diana+ and Diana F+ cameras are faithful reproductions of the 1960s classic Diana, with new features added. Now, to commemorate the first stop of the Diana World Tour in Hong Kong, Lomography presents this exclusive limited edition clone of the Diana F+ camera – the Diana F+ Hong Meow.

“Hong Meow“ is the phonetic translation of “Panda“ in Cantonese – Hong Kong’s spoken language. As in neighboring mainland China, the Giant Panda is one of Hong Kong’s most beloved symbols. This collectible was designed by Lomography Asia to provide the same dreamy images that have brought international renown to the Diana camera.

Available online for $89.90 from

Panda pyramid

You have two choices—labor camp or the Panda Squad.