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The giant panda

Chinese characters

Chinese characters
The Chinese language is very different to ours. Chinese words are not made up of letters. They are written as a set of characters - these represent different syllables. As you can see, the words for 'panda' and 'bamboo' are each made up of two characters.
The giant panda is an important symbol in China. Scientists are working to learn more about the pandas' natural habitat. There are also many breeding programmes set up around China to help the panda increase its numbers.

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