When in that game did you ever NEED to kill a Pandarean?
It doesn't matter if you need to. It matters that you can. The reason you can't kill the children in Stormwind city is because German law prohibits any depictions of violence toward children, animated or otherwise. You don't ever NEED to take your horde character into Stormwind and AE the field trip group, but before it was patched, you could.
Anyway - I wonder if it's the population being bothered by the panda issue or the commi government. I also wonder whether they made a fuss about this in India too, I mean - you're able to kill cows ingame, and Taurens are cows... there must have been some objection there, but it's a free government.
Cows being sacred is associated with a particular religion in the country that not everyone there worships. Many, yes, but not all. The issue with pandas is that they are endangered and highly symbolic of the country. China doesn't want to see them die due to bamboo deforestation.
Again, do you have a link of any kind to back this up Az (or anybody else)?
I'm horrible at finding credible sources on the internet. I do remember reading an interview with one of the Blizz artists who initially designed the Pandaren as he expressed his (post-mortem) surprise at China not liking the Japanese influence on a panda.
However, to answer your question directly, no, I do not have a link to back it up.
Well these places are in one expansion:
The Green Lands - 88 to 91
The Dying Paradise - 91 to 94
The Emerald Nightmare - 94 to 97
The Eye of Ysera - 97 to 100
Deephome - 88 to 91
Skywall - 91 to 94
The Abyssal Maw - 94 to 97
The Firelands - 97 to 100
Since it's like this, i think one will be for horde and one for alliance, or they have a backup of the place :S
I'm pretty sure those will be available to both, and just two distinct regions to enter. The first four zones are part of the Emerald Dream. I don't know exactly where the other four are. But there's no reason to believe that they're faction specific...plus that would be a pretty crappy expansion if you could only visit half of the xpac zones.