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Chinese hotel ‘pandas’ to its customers (PHOTOS)

Wednesday 27 Feb 2013 3:23 p.m.

An employee dress in a panda costume in one of the hotel's rooms (Reuters)

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By 3 News online staff

A new hotel in China has taken the idea of pandering to its customers to new heights – opening a panda-themed retreat in Sichuan province.

Local media say the hotel, near Mount Emei, is the first of its kind in the world.

Photos show rooms littered with panda soft toys, panda artwork, and even costumed employees.

“I hope that all of these pandas will help people to return to nature, and find simple and true happiness,” the hotel’s manager told China News.

Room rates range from US$48 to $80 per night.

Sichuan is a popular tourist destination because of its panda breeding sanctuaries. The province is home to more than 30 percent of the endangered breed.

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