Today, James Stack (a Chef from Australia) and I asked the Shanghai group to join us on a day trip to the Beijing Zoo. It was a very nice day for a visit to the zoo - not too hot, not too crowded (for Chinese standards), and most of the animals were out and about. It seemed as though half of the zoo were birds; very few apes, cats, etc. However, the highlight of the day was the Giant Panda House. It was magnificent.