Indian movie star Aamir Khan enjoys moments with pandas in southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Photo/CGTN)
It's not every day that we see a giant panda and a man having more commonalities than differences. Legions of adoring fans? Check. A cute face? Check. Regarded as country's brand ambassador? Check.
On Thursday, Aamir Khan, one of India's biggest movie stars, came face to face with giant pandas in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Khan, best known in China as one of the three idiots in the film, Three Idiots, is now on the promotional trip of his new film, Dangal, at the invitation of the General Office of Sichuan Provincial Government and the Information Office of Chengdu Municipal Government.
"Coolest" meets "cutest"
Khan, who has long been a big fan of giant pandas, first visited Dujiangyan, China Conservation & Research Center for Giant Pandas in Chengdu, the provincial capital and also hometown of giant pandas.
Under the guidance of a keeper of pandas, the 52-year-old Bollywood star learned how to feed pandas as well as about local conservation.
Learning Tai Chi
One of the most important events on Khan's itinerary in Sichuan was watching a performance of Tai Chi on Mount Qingcheng, held to be sacred for Taoists.
To learn more about the ancient art, he held in-depth exchanges with the master of the Qingcheng school on Tai Chi's essence and differences among other schools.
Aamir Khan meets with Qingcheng Tachi master. (Photo/CGTN)
Silk Road connection
After the tour, Khan enjoyed Sichuan cuisine, known for its spicy flavor, at a banquet.
During the banquet, Khan also got a chance to enjoy the performance of tea art and Sichuan embroidery with the accompaniment of melodious Chinese music.
He learned how to "embroider" his name.
Sichuan is one of the most important cradles of the Chinese silk culture. Sichuan embroidery was listed as one of China's intangible cultural heritages in 2006.
Starred more than 40 films, Khan has received numerous awards and created miracles at the box office. Dangal is scheduled to be released in China in early May.
One of Khan's Sichuan trip organizers, a cultural exchange project called "I'm in China," has invited foreigners to visit different places in China and experience local culture and customs. Sichuan is this project's first stop. "I'm in China" is an innovative effort to introduce China to foreigners. Apart from movie stars like Khan, all expats living in China are welcome to join the project and they can register through the organizer's official WeChat account.