Giant panda, Xiang Xiang, celebrated her fifth birthday on June 12. Xiang Xiang was born in 2017 at Tokyo’s Uneo Zoological Gardens to parents Ri Ri and Shin Shin, who were loaned to Japan in 2011 and gained wide popularity in the country. According to estimates by Japanese experts, Xiang Xiang has contributed at least 2.7 billion yuan (about $400 million) to Japan’s economy, equivalent to 1.3 times the construction cost of Tokyo Skytree. Xiang Xiang is expected to return to China before the end of this year, the deadline her arrival has been postponed four times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. #giantpanda
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China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.
Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the country’s five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is Japan’s capital and largest city.
Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.
Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), the OECD, and the G7. Japan is a leader in the automotive and electronics industries.
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens.