Campaign naming Taiwan-bound pandas ends
Updated: 2006-01-22 16:28
"Tuan Tuan" and "Yuan Yuan" have been voted the
most popular names as the campaign to name of the pair of pandas selected as
gifts for Taiwan wrapped up Saturday night.
Two pandas play at the China
Giant Panda Research Centre in Wolong, Southwest China's Sichuan Province
in this undated photo. The pair has been chosen as a goodwill gift to the
Taiwan compatriots, the State Forestry Administration said Friday.
The names, along with
thousands of others, were suggested by the general public, including residents
of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and overseas Chinese.
Six media operators have co-sponsored the voting with an official unveiling
of the final choice later this month.
Indicating reunion after a long separation, the word tuan yuan means
harmonious gathering in Chinese.
The name selection campaign was launched earlier this month as the
mainland announced the two giant pandas for Taiwan compatriots.
Taiwan authorities have not yet said they will accept the pandas. Two pandas
were first offered as gifts when Taiwan's opposition leader Lien Chan visited
China last year.