World’s first of­fi­cially com­piled panda pic­to­rial an­nual re­leased in Sichuan

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The world’s first of­fi­cially com­piled pic­to­rial an­nual of gi­ant pan­das in both Chi­nese and English has been pub­lished, China News Agency re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

Fea­tur­ing nearly 500 rare pho­tos, the panda pic­to­rial an­nual was jointly com­piled by the Of­fice Lo­cal Records and the Forestry and Grass­land Ad­min­is­tra­tion of South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince, with the aim of us­ing sim­ple lan­guage and abun­dant pic­tures to demon­strate the process of how pan­das have gone from a state of be­ing en­dan­gered to be­com­ing in­creas­ingly close to hu­mans, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The pic­to­rial an­nual is made up of six chap­ters: panda va­ri­eties, liv­ing, en­vi­ron­ment, re­search, pro­tec­tion and cul­ture. Each chap­ter has four to six in­de­pen­dent but connected sub­ti­tles. In or­der to com­pen­sate for the lim­ited in­for­ma­tion due to the lack of space, each sub­ti­tle comes with sim­ple and pre­cise knowl­edge points and sev­eral pic­tures.

There are a to­tal of 250,000 words in al­most 400 pages in the book. The 500 pic­tures were ob­tained through di­rected searches and open so­lic­i­ta­tion, in­clud­ing those from his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­als, paint­ings cre­ated by in­her­i­tors of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, and the lat­est sci­en­tific re­search con­ducted by Chi­nese sci­en­tists and China’s na­tional na­ture re­serves. All these pic­tures make the book pro­fes­sional while easy to un­der­stand and pre­cise while in­ter­est­ing.

The year 2019 marks the 150th an­niver­sary of the sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery of pan­das. In or­der to pub­li­cize pan­das to the world, the book will be trans­lated into var­i­ous lan­guages and be made avail­able all over the world. The book is priced at 520 yuan ($75), ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal records of­fice.

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