A Pu, a cartoon image of a young male panda who loves playing table tennis, has become the official global representative of China's giant pandas.
The image of A Pu won the China Giant Panda Global Image Design Competition, selected from more than 2,023 works recruited globally from 22 countries, the competition's organizers announced last Wednesday.
"We gave A Pu the identity of a young male panda who will soon be a freshman in college and loves playing table tennis," according to the lead designer of the team created A Pu.
A Pu wears a red T-shirt on which an image of his favorite food -- bamboo shoot -- can be seen.
The eyes of A Pu are heart-shaped, suggesting sentiments of love and caring.
The image of A Pu will be widely promoted as the official icon of China's giant pandas through cooperation with entertainment and sports companies and will be a bridge connecting China with the rest of the world, the organizers said.