The "City Beyond the Last Horizon," the mysterious
civilization known as Panda-La is perhaps the grandest legend
known to explorers. An ancient city somewhere in the mountains
of the far east, magnificent Panda-La was supposedly filled
with wonders beyond imagining giant pagodas that reached
up to the sky, gold and silver treasures rivaling those of
the world's richest empires, and much more.
City Beyond the Last Horizon.
Though the story of Panda-La had existed for untold centuries,
no one could prove whether or not the city really existed.
Many explorers tried desperately to locate the legendary civilization,
but could never reach it. As they explained, Panda-La would
be right in front of them, a glimpse just over the next mist-shrouded
hill but after a mad rush to reach the spot, the explorers
would find nothing. Countless searches for the elusive city
all ended the same. If it ever did exist, Panda-La truly was
"beyond the last horizon," always too far away to
The one person with the best chance of finding Panda-La was
Baloo, who had a similar encounter with the lost city several
years ago. Determined to prove himself as worthy of public
praise as celebrated explorer Monty Mangrove, Baloo left Kit,
Rebecca, and his other companions behind in a quest to find
the City Beyond the Last Horizon. Days passed before a violent
sandstorm stranded the Sea Duck in a desolate mountainous
region; but here, Baloo finally discovered what he'd travelled
the globe to find the city of Panda-La.
Nestled in a fertile valley on a huge rock perched high atop
a mountain peak, Panda-La indeed had all the splendor of the
legends. Giant pagodas filled the mountaintop countryside,
and the Pandas themselves were friendly and prosperous, just
as the legends claimed. Warmly greeted by the city's leader
Wun-Lo, Baloo was quickly accepted into the Panda-La culture
and shown all the wonders of the city, including Wun-Lo's
palace and his massive treasure room.
Left: Baloo is shown the splendor of Panda-La by its leader,
Eager to please their "honored guest," Wun-Lo and
his people offered Baloo every courtesy imaginable. But despite
their generosity, the Pandas acted somehow cautious and reserved,
as if they were harboring some secret. When Baloo returned
to Cape Suzette, that dark secret was revealed. Transformed
into a monstrous airborne armada, the entire city of Panda-La
had followed Baloo home, with the sole intention of conquering
The Pandas of Panda-La proved themselves an exceptionally
duplicitous people, pleasant on the outside but treacherous
and warlike underneath. In their floating cities, the Pandas
had been able to conquer ancient cities (at least those foolish
enough to send ambassadors to them) by means of powerful weapons.
Not all Pandas were ruthless as those of Panda-La these
lived to conquer, and where they conquered, they lived.
This peculiar trend also explained the aforementioned elusiveness
of the city. With inflatable balloons stored in each building,
the entire city could move to a different location in a matter
Armed with cannons and special heat-seeking missiles designed
to chase aircraft, the Pandas laid waste to Cape Suzette's
cliff guns and defense squadron. Most of Cape Suzette evacuated
before Baloo, vowing to make up for his terrible mistake,
flew off on a virtual suicide mission to destroy the flying
city. Aided by his friends, Baloo heroically managed to wipe
out the entire Panda-La fleet sending the City Beyond
the Last Horizon to its final resting place, beneath the waves
of Cape Suzette's harbor.