The world is going crazy for pandas — French artist Paulo Grangeon’s papier-mâché pandas, that is. The 1,600 black-and-white paper cuties have been circuiting the globe on his Pandas on Tour exhibit, making their latest stop in Hong Kong. Grangeon sets them up in landmarks around each city (let’s just hope it doesn’t rain!). His mission is to bring awareness to the need to protect endangered species.
We’ve got some animal eye-candy for you here, with shots from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Berlin, and Paris. And if you just can’t get enough, you can watch my fellow Yahoo Travel editor Jo Piazza cuddling a baby panda, here.
Artist Paulo Grangeon’s pandas, chilling out on the beach under Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge. (Photo: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Where are your passports? In the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport. (Photo: Vincent Yu/AP Photo)
Ommmm. At the Tian Tan Buddha, on Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. (Photo: Kin Cheung/AP Photo)
Next stop: Taipei, Taiwan. In front of the Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall. (Photo: Chiang Ying-ying/AP Photo)
Hi, mom! Nine-month old Johanna in front of the main station in Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Gero Breloer/AP Photo)
Petit pandas near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. (Photo: Franck Prevel/Getty Images)
Au revoir! (Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)