‘Panda’ adds light touch to se­cu­rity

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG YING in Hangzhou wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The long line at the se­cu­rity check be­fore ad­mis­sion to Hangzhou’s West Lake has taken on an amus­ing air, as po­lice of­fi­cers and vol­un­teers dressed as car­toon pan­das pro­vide as­sis­tance and pose for pho­tos.

In the run-up to the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit, Hangzhou, the host city in Zhe­jiang province, has stepped up se­cu­rity checks. At the se­cu­rity check sta­tion at Qi­wang and Xueshi roads, one of 21 such se­cu­rity sta­tions sur­round­ing West Lake, 8-year-old twin broth­ers Shen Xin and Shen Li and 7-year-old twin sis­ters Zhu Yuxi and Zhu Yuyan took pho­tos with Huhu, the 1.9-me­ter-tall panda po­lice­man char­ac­ter.

The twins made the trip to West Lake to mark the end of their sum­mer va­ca­tion.

In­side the panda out­fit, the tem­per­a­ture was about 45 C. But Shen Yi­jie, a ju­nior at Zhe­jiang Po­lice Col­lege, said he didn’t mind wear­ing the cos­tume be­cause it helped him bond with the tourists.

More than 1,000 tourists have taken pho­tos with the panda char­ac­ters each day since three of them be­gan work­ing on Au­gust 20, said Xu Jiong, an official with the Hangzhou Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau.

The panda po­lice­man char­ac­ter was de­signed by Zhong Xiao­qing, a city vol­un­teer. Zhong, who runs an art stu­dio, got her in­spi­ra­tion in May when she lost her car key and went to a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion to seek help.

Touched by the ef­fi­ciency of the lo­cal po­lice, who helped her find the key, Zhong de­cided to draw a comic about the scene. In June, she also de­signed a car­toon im­age for the Hangzhou po­lice.

“I wanted to do some­thing unique to ex­press my thanks. As a de­signer, I de­cided to draw,” she said.

Zhong said that in the Kung Fu Panda movie se­ries, the gi­ant panda is smart, kind­hearted and brave, which she said also cap­tures the spirit of Hangzhou’s po­lice of­fi­cers.

Zhong has de­signed sev­eral dif­fer­ent panda Huhu char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing a traf­fic of­fi­cer and fire­fighter.

“In the fu­ture, vis­i­tors might be able to see our panda po­lice­men in ma­jor scenic spots of West Lake,” said Xu Jiong.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Shen Yi­jie, a ju­nior at Zhe­jiang Po­lice Col­lege, wears a car­toon panda cos­tume while pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to tourists lined up at the se­cu­rity check for ad­mis­sion to Hangzhou’s West Lake. The city has beefed up se­cu­rity ahead of the G20 sum­mit.

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