BEIJING - The pandas in Beijing's zoo have been working overtime to allow a flood of holiday visitors a glimpse of the country's favourite animal, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

A file photo of a panda munching on bamboo shoots at the Beijing zoo June...

The pandas, together with the zoo's less famous attractions, are on display an extra half hour to accommodate the 100,000 visitors expected each day of the week-long national holiday.

Four times as many zoo workers are on duty to take care of the animals and visitors as temperatures soared over 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Some animals had a worse holiday than the pandas, however.

The city's most famous roast duck restaurant sold nearly 20,000 of the birds over the first three days of the holiday, Xinhua reported.