Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan

The giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwest Sichuan province from his birthplace of Washington, where he spent the first four years of his life

BEIJING -- The giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwest Sichuan province from his birthplace of Washington, where he spent the first four years of his life.

State broadcaster CCTV says Bei Bei reached the Ya’an Bifengxia Base of China’s Giant Panda Conversation and Research Center early Thursday.

Bei Bei was a beloved figure at Washington’s National Zoo, where he was conceived through artificial insemination and born to pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in 2015.

Under the terms of the zoo’s agreement with the Chinese government, any panda born there must be sent to China after they turn 4 to prepare for China’s breeding program.