Lonely Planet Writer

From bouncy castles to hot air balloons: images from around the world

China sends South Korea an unusual gift in the form of a giant panda, whilst the world gets ready for Mother’s Day this week by stocking up on flowers in this week’s images from around the world:

A giant panda sent to South Korea as a gift from China
A giant panda sent to South Korea as a gift from China Image by AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

A South Korean handler feeds a panda named Le Bao, a three-year-old male, during a welcoming ceremony for a pair of giant pandas from China’’s Sichuan province at a cargo terminal of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Thursday 3 March. A pair of giant pandas arrived in South Korea following an agenda about panda research cooperation in a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in 2014.

Jill Biden visits a space simulation room
Jill Biden visits a space simulation room Image by James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle via AP

Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden walks inside a mockup of the International Space Station during a tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Biden traveled to join NASA to welcome home Scott Kelly as he and a Russian cosmonaut have landed in Kazakhstan after a year in space.

Phoenix hot air balloon
Phoenix hot air balloon Image by AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

A hot air balloon is silhouetted against the evening sky as the sun sets north of Phoenix, Arizona.

Covent Garden flower market ahead of Mother's Day
Covent Garden flower market ahead of Mother’s Day Image by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A man browses at New Covent Garden Flower Market, which is the UK’s largest wholesale flower market, in Nine Elms, London, ahead of Mothering Sunday this weekend, otherwise known as Mother’s Day.

Candy Crush bouncy castle
Candy Crush bouncy castle Image by Frantzesco Kangaris/PA Wire

Alesha Dixon unveils a jelly-themed, adults-only bouncy castle, which has been created to celebrate the launch of Candy Crush Jelly Saga, opens to the public today on London‘s Southbank on Wednesday 2 March. The multi-sensory bouncy castle brings to life elements of the jelly-themed game and will be open to the public for free. The castle, which appears to be made from cubes of lime and raspberry jelly, will emit raspberry jelly-scented fragrance from its walls and make noises from the game when jumpers bounce on certain candy squares. It will also replicate the game’s new competitive element and introduce visitors to Candy Crush Jelly Saga’s latest character, the Jelly Queen.

A baby giant ant eater
A baby giant ant eater Image by AP Photo/Petr David Josek

A baby of giant anteater is presented at its enclosure at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic. The baby was born on 20 January 2016. For Prague Zoo it is the first baby anteater born in its breeding history.

Dragonflies can fly for many miles scientsis have discovered
Dragonflies can fly for many miles scientsis have discovered Image by AP Photo/Petr David Josek

The dragonfly Pantala flavescens, which is has been found to be capable of making extraordinary intercontinental journeys by catching air currents, scientists believe. Pantala flavescens, which measures barely an inch and a half, has been found in locations as far apart as Texas, eastern Canada, Japan, Korea, India and South America.