Xiang Xiang viewing limit lifted

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo lifted on Tuesday its limit on the daily number of people who can see Xiang Xiang, ahead of the female giant panda cub’s first birthday on June 12.

Visitors to the zoo in Taito Ward can now meet the star animal on a first-come basis without viewing tickets that had been distributed to the first 9,500 visitors per day of the zoo, although they may have to wait in a long line.

With the viewer number ceiling removed, around 15,000 people are expected to see Xiang Xiang each day, the zoo said, adding those who want to view the cub have to get in a line by 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, some 810 people were waiting in a queue at the entrance gate ahead of the zoo’s opening at 9:30 a.m.

“[Xiang Xiang was] sleeping on a tree and looking cute,” said Mayuko Ueda, a 21-year-old university student from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.

The ticket system had allowed each person to see the cub only once a day. “I like the new system because if I repeatedly stand in line I can see [Xiang Xiang] again and again,” Ueda said. She had been waiting from around 6 a.m. for the zoo to open.Speech

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