Beaches in Hong Kong can get pretty crowded! For the latest leg of their year-long world tour, 1,600 papier-mache pandas created by French artist Paulo Grangeon are invading Hong Kong in June, causing a near meltdown on social media. Grangeon created the panda project in 2008 in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature to raise awareness of the endangered creatures. The sculptures represent the estimated 1,600 pandas that remain in the wild.
Pandas stop traffic —
We'd prefer this scene over Mongkok's usual traffic any day.
Pandas flood the airport —
The artist displays some of his pandas at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, June 9.
Pandas in Taiwan —
In March, the pandas visit the main gate at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. Grangeon also created 200 endangered Formosan black bears to join the pandas for the Taipei leg of the tour.
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Pandas go to the theater —
Pandas surround a paper green tree frog at the National Theater in Taipei in February.
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Pandas at the palace —
A tiger model joins the pandas in front of the Presidential Palace in Taipei in February.
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Pandas in Germany —
The panda sculptures appear to frolic in a marketplace in Bremen, Germany, in August 2013.
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Pandas at the party —
The pandas fill a square near Lake Geneva in September 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund. A panda appears on the conservation organization's logo.
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Pandas in Paris —
The papier-mâché pandas gather en masse near the Eiffel Tower in Paris in October 2008.