The reverse designs of Chinese gold pandas are changed each year. The coins commemorate the rare Giant Panda, the national animal of China and the international symbol for the protection of endangered species. Denomination and gold content is also marked on the reverse.
The image on the obverse side of the coin is the famous Temple of Heaven in Beijing, an ancient architectural masterpiece and a major tourist attraction in China. Chinese characters at the top of the outer circle identify THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, and the date of the coin's issuance is at the bottom.