With a three-hour delay, the Lufthansa plane with 200 passengers and two panda bears from Beijing lands in Frankfurt on 5.11.1980. The two pandas Bao Bao and Tjen Tjen are already 21 hours on the go and they still have not reached the final destination: the Berlin Zoo.

Bao Bao translated “The Sweetie” is 23 months old, Tjen Tjen “The Impeccable” is one month younger. Pandas are rarities. They are not commercially available and leave China solely as a state gift. That is also the case for Bao Bao and Tjen Tjen. They are a gift of the Chinese government to Chancellor Willy Brandt and become the mascot of the West Berliners.

Video details:
Period: 1980
Resolution: SD
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Original sound: yes
Colour: yes
Source: rbb – from “Berliner Abendschau”, SFB, 05.11.1980