人们来到史密森尼国家动物园向大熊猫 “宝宝” 告别，“宝宝”即将动身返回中国。(© The Washington Post via Getty Images)
People came to the Smithsonian's National Zoo to say goodbye to “Baobao” before he left for China.
Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, accompanied "Beibei" on his tour to Chengdu. She took with her a red ball, which "Beibei" likes to hold while sleeping, and gave it to him.
In December 2014, Andrew Ou, former Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, visited Dujiangyan Giant Panda Breeding Research Center and took a photo.
Look back at the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu: Giant Pandas
Since the Chinese government gave two giant pandas - Lingling and Xingxing - to the United States in 1972, giant pandas have become an important symbol of the friendship between the United States and China. These giant pandas are beloved by the U.S. public. In addition, U.S. and Chinese experts have also worked together through giant panda programs to protect the native habitat of the giant panda and promote global conservation efforts. The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu supported cooperation with China on key issues such as wildlife protection, and was committed to protecting the precious pandas from generation to generation, and using pandas as a bridge between the countries to promote sustainable tourism development and cultural exchanges.
Members of the Flying Tigers took a group photo at a military base in Kunming. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
A Chinese soldier guarded a P-40 fighter painted with a shark’s head. (Photo: National Archives)
Look back at the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu: Founding of Flying Tigers
Today we celebrate the Flying Tigers, a resounding name full of honor. It is an honorable name the Chinese people gave to those from the U.S. Air Force who provided support and assistance to China during the Second World War. Today (August 1) in 1941, the Flying Tigers were founded in China. As the Flying Tigers were first established, there were only 43 P-40B fighters in combat and 84 pilots. But such a team made a huge contribution in helping the Chinese people fight against the Japanese army. According to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, during the Second World War, American pilots destroyed more than 4,000 Japanese military aircrafts in China, destroying millions of tons of Japanese military supplies and hundreds of Japanese military vehicles and trucks.
At the same time, they paid a high price. In the Aviation Martyrs Cemetery at the northern foot of Zhongshan Mountain in Nanjing, the names of 3,305 Chinese and foreign aviation martyrs during the war are engraved, including 2,197 Americans, accounting for two-thirds of the victims. Let us remember these Flying Tigers and their contributions to the friendship between the United States and China!