In 2003, the Chinese giant pandas “Chuang Chuang” and “Lin Hui” settled in the Chiang Mai Zoo for a renting period of 10 years. Thanks to the cooperation of experts from Thailand and China, the panda couple gave birth to a female baby panda through artificial insemination in 2009.
As the first panda born in Thailand, the little one got all the attention. In order to give it a name, the Thai government held a million-baht national campaign of naming that year, with 22 million people participating among all the 63 million people nationwide. Finally, the Thai government chose the name “Lin Bing”, inspired by its mother’s name “Lin Hui” and merged with the homophonic sound of Chiang Mai Riverfront.
Since then, the family of three giant pandas has become the hottest star in Thailand’s animal world. When “Lin Bing” turned one month old, a hundred days old, one year and two years old, the Thai government always carefully organized a series of celebrations. In November 2009, the panda TV channel named “Lin Bing Reality Show” was officially launched. It broadcasted the daily life of the three members of the “Lin Bing” family in 24 hours in real time.
According to the agreement, “Lin Bing” should have returned to China when he turned 4 years old. The Thai side has therefore repeatedly asked China for permission to Keep Lin Bing. In the end, the two sides reached an agreement, stating that “Lin Bing” would return to China in October this year to find a mate, and try to return to Thailand with his mate within one year. At that time, “Chuang Chuang” and “Lin Hui” will bid farewell to Thailand. The new panda couple will have spent their 15th year in Thailand.