Chinese and French students collaborate on panda-themed painting
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Student representatives of China and France on Sunday shared a huge painting they collaborated on named The Soaring Panda during a ceremony commemorating the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France.


French students are drawing The Soaring Panda. (Photos: People's Daily app)

The ceremony also marked the release of the film Cerf-volant du bout du monde.

As 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the scientific discovery of giant pandas, invitations were sent to designers and artists from all over the world to participate in "China's Giant Panda International Design Competition.”

The Soaring Panda, a huge painting produced by Chinese and French students on a 10-meter-long canvas, was made of recycled plastic using over 60 bottles. This was to promote the competition as a creative event based on cultural integration, and to serve as an in-depth exploration of the harmonious coexistence of men and nature in the arts.


The pandas featured in The Soaring Panda will be included in the catalogue of all designs entered into the competition. Moreover, the top 3 winners win a tour to visit the pandas' habitat.

After the event, The Soaring Panda will be brought to Weifang, the capital of Chinese kites in east China's Shandong Province. It will be transformed into a giant kite by the local inheritors of the handicraft. The kite will embody the friendship between China and France while upholding the creativity and environmental dreams of the younger generation.  The Soaring Panda will officially fly at the Weifang International Kite Festival.


The movie,  Cerf-volant du bout du monde,  will let more people know about the situation facing giant pandas.

It is hoped these activities help draw international ambassadors who design images of Chinese pandas to the world, promoting bilateral and multilateral ties.

(Compiled by Han Xiaomeng)