500 giant pandas are taking over the atrium at Aberdeen Centre mall (PHOTOS)

Jun 27 2018, 7:03 pm

Metro Vancouver’s shopping malls seem to have one consistent experiential theme this year: the mass display of giant panda bear art exhibits.

As it turns out, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond has also turned its main atrium into a so-called ‘Pandaland.’ The site features a massive exhibition of pandas, including a family of giant origami pandas ranging from 3 ft to 10 ft tall, and 500 fuzzy plush versions of the black and white bears.

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Photos posted onto Instagram show the atrium converted into a panda ‘habitat’, with turf, large boulders, and fake bamboo plants taking over the area next to the water fountain.

Pandaland is scheduled to run for more than two months from Saturday, June 30 to Monday, September 3, but panda lovers can already take a sneak peek before the Canada Day long weekend as the exhibit is already largely set up.

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Aberdeen Centre’s exhibition should not be confused for the upcoming month-long 1600+ Pandas World Tour exhibition at Metropolis at Metrotown, which features 888 hand-crafted papier-mâché giant pandas by French artist Paulo Grangeon. This exhibition benefiting the World Wildlife Fund has been showcased in over 100 locations around the world, and the upcoming exhibition at Metrotown will be its first appearance in North America.

Pandaland 2018 at Aberdeen Centre

Where: Central Atrium at Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

When: Saturday, June 30 to Monday, September 3, 2018

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