An Invitation to Witness the Return of the Hero; thousands of fans participate in assembling the Taiji-themed jigsaw puzzleCHENGDU, China, Jan. 21, 2016 — (PRNewswire) — Chengdu International Finance Square (Chengdu IFS), in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, rolled out a surprise event for the local populace: Po, the cute Dragon Warrior in the Kung Fu Panda animated martial arts film, finally returned to his hometown of Chengdu. On January 20, 2016, the Chengdu IFS × Kung Fu Panda 3 themed event officially kicked off at Chengdu IFS. Along with Hollywood star Kate Hudson and famous director and animation master Xu Chengyi, Po and Mei Mei from Kung Fu Panda made an appearance in Antiquity Plaza at Chengdu IFS. They astonished the whole city by completing the Taiji-themed jigsaw puzzle with thousands of their fans.
The event, the result of cross-community cooperation between Chengdu IFS and Oriental DreamWorks, the copyright owner of Kung Fu Panda 3, will be held from January 20th to February 29th. Chengdu IFS will launch a series of "An Invitation to Witness the Return of the Hero" Kung Fu Panda-themed events, including the reproduction of four classic movie scenes (Panda Valley & Happiness Gate, Kung Fu Academy, the goose father's noodle shop and Po & Mei Mei's romantic garden), four themed events (An Invitation to Witness the Return of the Hero launch ceremony, the God of Wealth's blessings, the lion dance in celebration of Chinese New Year and dating in the romantic garden), the adopted Dragon Warrior's interactions with his parents (Kung Fu class, children's lion dance class, parent-child cooking class and the STAR DIAMOND building block competition) and the Caring for Veterans charity project.
Thousands of fans complete the Taiji-themed jigsaw puzzle together - Po and Mei Mei make appearance along with Hollywood superstar Kate Hudson and director Xu Chengyi
During the launch ceremony held on the 20th of January, Dragon Warrior Po and his friend Mei Mei returned home and fans from around the world welcomed the cute and adorable figures' arrival with excited screams and shrieks. The return of the hero to his hometown also attracted well-known public figures. As invited guests of the launching ceremony, Hollywood hottie Kate Hudson and renowned director and cartoon master Xu Chengyi took part in the on-site launch ceremony, creating memorable moments at the event.
Po, Mei Mei, Kate Hudson, Xu Chengyi and Wang Fei, inheritor of Qingcheng-style Wushu and thousands of fans together produced a marvel when thousands of people completed the Taiji-themed jigsaw puzzle, the most exciting part of the event. Kung Fu Panda fans that attended the event said that it is an unforgettable and meaningful experience for them when they took part in the jigsaw puzzle event.
Reproduction of four classic movie scenes; free of charge shooting with pandas
The IFS × Kung Fu Panda 3-themed event in Chengdu also included a reproduction of four classic movie scenes (Panda Valley & Happiness Gate, Kung Fu Academy, the goose father's noodle shop and Po & Mei Mei's romantic garden). The event is open to the public free of charge.
Panda Valley at Antiquity Square will be a reproduction of Po's hometown. The numerous resident pandas enjoy a happy life in Panda Valley. Po also found his father here. Visitors get access to a cute and fantastic world populated by pandas. In addition, Po & Mei Mei's Romantic Garden on the 7th floor of the shopping mall will provide WeChat camera service for visitors, who are entitled to free photo shoots between the 20th of January and the 29th of February, 2016.
Po's Kung Fu class | The first Kung Fu Panda-branded Kung Fu Academy; a Kung Fu certification will be awarded
The Kung Fu dream is in everyone's heart. If you are dreaming of becoming a Kung Fu hero like Po, you should attend the Kung Fu Academy. During the event, Chengdu IFS will launch the first Kung Fu Panda-branded Kung Fu Academy, inviting Wing Chun Kung Fu masters to teach skills of the Furious Five. Children participating the event will be awarded a Kung Fu certification by Kung Fu Academy. The event will also hold parent-child activities every weekend, including parent-child cooking classes, children's lion dance classes and STAR DIAMOND building block competitions.
Caring for Veterans charity project | The charity event raising funds for China's World War II veterans
Descendants should never forget stories of heroes. China's war veterans, the pillar and pride of the Chinese nation, have made great contributions to creating and maintaining today's life in peacetime. Chengdu IFS calls on every person to take a moment and think about these dedicated veterans, ensuring that these honored war heroes who have served and protected China and their families are properly cared for and venerated in their senior years. At the opening ceremony held on January 20th, Chengdu IFS rolled out the Taiji-themed jigsaw puzzle event, during which a giant jigsaw puzzle was jointly completed by thousands of attendees. On behalf of every person who participated in the event, Chengdu IFS will make a donation to the Caring for Veterans charity project of Shenzhen Longyue Charity Foundation, including monetary support and gift packages as well as volunteer-provided visiting services for financially disadvantaged veterans, in addition to providing transportation to veterans who live alone so that they can get about without worrying about the cost or be transferred to a nursing home.
Upcoming Chengdu IFS x Kung Fu Panda 3 themed events
1. Launching ceremony for An Invitation to Witness the Return of the Hero
When: 3:30 pm-4:00 pm, January 20
Where: Chengdu IFS L1 Antiquity Plaza
2. God of Wealth's Blessings
When: February 5 - February 7
Where: Chengdu IFS
3. Lion Dance Performance in celebration of Chinese New Year
When: 1 pm-4 pm, February 19
Where: Chengdu IFS
4. Dating in the Romantic Garden
When: February 13 - February 14
Where: Chengdu IFS L7 Hanging Garden
About Chengdu International Finance Square
The over-760,000-square-meter Chengdu International Finance Square (Chengdu IFS) is located in Chengdu's core commercial area along Chunxi Road, at the intersection of two of the city's busiest thoroughfares, Hongxing and Dacisi Roads. The shopping center within the complex houses nearly 300 shops, representing a concentration of nearly 90 renowned brands under one roof, a first for the city of Chengdu. As the most cosmopolitan shopping destination in the whole of western China, one where a shopper can complete all of their shopping needs under one roof, Chengdu IFS provides the residents of the city with a space where they can experience an international and diversified lifestyle by bringing together world-class fashion, jewelry, watch and clock boutiques as well as shops selling popular apparel, children's clothing and other name brand products. The center is also home to a Lane Crawford outlet, the ICE&JOY skating rink, a Great supermarket, a UA IMAX theater as well as a diversified range of restaurants and a food court. As the city's new and fashionable urban landmark, Chengdu IFS takes pride in being able to share this innovative space that was designed with the concept of "Innovate something fabulous and share it with the public" in mind and inject new and exciting energy into the already vibrant city that is Chengdu.
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