1927: Wu Zuoren studies in the department of fine arts at Shanghai Art University where his ability is recognized by Xu Beihong. Later, he transfers to the department of fine arts at Nanguo Academy of Arts.
1928: Wu Zuoren follows Xu Beihong to study at the National Central University (renamed Nanjing University in 1949).
1930 - 1935: Wu Zuoren travels abroad to study in Europe. He returns to China in 1935.
Wu Zuoren's Giant Panda postage stamps, first issue, 1963
1963: Wu Zuoren sets out to change the face of China when presented with the opportunity to design a three postage stamps for the People's Republic of China. Known for his ink paintings of yaks and camels in western China Wu Zuoren's Giant Panda stamps first issued in 1963 establish the giant panda as the emblem of the new China. A second series of six Giant Panda stamps by Wu Zouren was issued in 1973, and a more elaborate Giant Panda edition based on his ink paintings produced in 1985.