Bei Bei was sent off with several celebratory events last week.
This is the eighth time FedEx’s specially detailed 777F has flown. Chengdu is more than 8,000 miles from Washington, and the 16-hour flight will be made non-stop.
FedEx is donating the transportation, and the only cargo on board will be Bei Bei and his favorite treats: 66 pounds of bamboo, 2 pounds of apples and pears, two bags of leafeater biscuits, 2 pounds of cooked sweet potatoes and lots of water.
China announced a 10,000-square-mile panda preserve to help conserve the panda population.
The zoo’s assistant curator of giant pandas who has cared for Bei Bei since birth and the zoo’s chief veterinarian will also travel on the flight.