Guangzhou Zoo to celebrate 60th birthday

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Photo by Yan Guosheng  

Guangzhou Zoo will mark its 60th birthday on the first day of 2018 with hundreds of precious old photos and a documentary presented to the public. Behind these images are Guangzhouers’ collective memories of the zoo.

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Photo by Li Xiangxin 

On January 1, 1958, the renovated Guangzhou Zoo was officially opened to the public, making it the second largest zoo in China at that time. Reports said that the zoo attracted more than 50,000 visitors on the day of its opening. After that, it almost became a must-visit place for children in the city.  

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Photo by Yang Jia 

To relive those memories, the zoo launched a project this June to solicit old photos and items from the public. For the past six months, the zoo has collected more than 1,250 pictures and 250 objects related to the zoo. After meticulous selection, some will be exhibited at the Science & Technology Hall of Guangzhou Zoo from January 1 for the next half year.

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Photo by Huang Dejia 

To celebrate the 60th birthday, a VR (virtual reality) version of the zoo will make its debut on January 1, which will allow visitors to conduct amazing interactions with various “animals” in a virtual world.   

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In addition, the zoo has prepared gifts for residents of Guangzhou. Next year, it will issue 10,000 free tickets to the public, 3,000 of which will be handed out through its WeChat account before and after New Year’s Day. Follow the WeChat account “广州动物园” (Guangzhou Zoo) and participate in relevant activities, you will have the chance to win a free ticket to visit the zoo.

Source: Life of Guangzhou

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