(Yicai Global) Jan. 3 -- China is pressing ahead with the establishment of a national park for giant pandas -- its national mascot -- with the responsible government agency offering a CNY100,000 (USD15,000) award in a contest for the image logo for the panda park, China News Service reported.
The contest, which runs from Jan. 2 to May 31 springs from a joint decision by the agencies leading the giant panda national park pilot program in China’s three western provinces of Sichuan, Sha’anxi and Gansu which have giant panda habitat, the office of the department spearheading the pilot program in Sichuan province wrote.
The contest is open to entrants from both China and abroad, chinaplus.cri.cn reported today.Works submitted must be original and never published, per the document. They must integrate and highlight the features of the giant panda national park, suggest its ownership by the whole country, sharing by the whole people and inheritance from generation to generation and reflect the Chinese and English names of the giant panda national park as far as possible.
The purpose of soliciting the giant panda national park’s logo is to “raise the awareness of preserving the wild giant panda and its habitat ... and boost the profile, reputation and influence of the giant panda national park,” the document recites. The Chinese government unveiled a plan in April to establish a national giant panda park in the creature’s habitat in the three provinces, directing the park be studied and officially established before 2020.