FedEx Express Unveils From China with Love Initiative for the FedEx Panda Express
Sichuan province is home to China’s most famous furry representative, the giant panda. Living in Chengdu, I have seen many of our ambassadors come and go. After joining FedEx in 2007, I got to be part of the team when TiaShan and MeiLan came to their motherland from the US. It was an amazing sight to see our panda decaled plane at Chengdu Airport.
Now, we are sending off TianTian and YangGuang to Edinburgh, Scotland via the FedEx Panda Express. I know people in Scotland love pandas, so when FedEx announced “From China With Love,” where children can write messages or draw pictures to commemorate the departure of TianTian and YangGuang to their new home, I contacted my daughter’s school to have her classmates also share their wishes.
My daughter, Shi YuTong, is seven years old and attends Sichuan Normal University Experimental Foreign Language School. Her school has 2,000 students, so we just focused on the art department. Through the art department, we had 1,000 students share their well wishes to TianTian and YangGuang. The students view this opportunity as very important and have put a lot of thought and effort into their art. I am very proud of how imaginative the students are. There are lots of plaids and Scottish flags being sent to Scotland.
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Due to security regulations, the departure and arrival events of the pandas will be closed to the general public, but people can follow the pandas’ journey at blog.fedex.com/panda-express.
FedEx Express has a long history of transporting rare and delicate cargo. In February 2010 FedEx Express transported Tai Shan, a male panda born at the National Zoo in Washington DC, US, and Mei Lan, a male panda born at Zoo Atlanta, Georgia, US, back to China. In 2003, FedEx Express transported two giant pandas from China to the Memphis Zoo, Tennessee, US. In 2000, FedEx Express transported Tai Shan’s parents from China to Washington D.C.’s National Zoo.
Exotic cargo transported by FedEx Express has included polar bears, white tigers, elephants, penguins, mountain lions, gorillas, eagles and even a 13-foot tiger shark used in filming the movie “Jaws.”
Other unusual international cargo transported by FedEx includes a windmill from Denmark, the Ryder Cup and a vintage Jaguar Le Mans car worth over £1 million.