The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Saturday, August 09, 2008 by Mr PenyuBiru ·

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and
inspiration, Fuwa will serve as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic
Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace -- and good wishes from
China -- to children all over the world.

Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form
an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of
four of China's most popular animals -- the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan
Antelope, the Swallow -- and the Olympic Flame.

Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name -- a traditional way of
expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is
the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and
Nini is the Swallow.

When you put their names together -- Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni -- they say
"Welcome to Beijing," offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of
Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.

Fuwa also embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of
people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and
their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature -- the sea, forest,
fire, earth and sky -- all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the
deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation.

Spreading Traditional Chinese Good Wishes Wherever They Go

In the ancient culture of China, there is a grand tradition of spreading
good wishes through signs and symbols. Each of Fuwa symbolizes a different
blessing -- and will honor this tradition by carrying their good wishes to the
children of the world. Prosperity, happiness, passion, health and good luck
will be spread to every continent as Fuwa carry their invitation to Beijing
2008 to every part of the globe.

At the heart of their mission -- and through all of their work -- Fuwa will
seek to unite the world in peace and friendship through the Olympic spirit.
Dedicated to helping Beijing 2008 spread its theme of One World, One Dream to
every continent, Fuwa reflect the deep desire of the Chinese people to reach
out to the world in friendship through the Games -- and to invite every man,
woman and child to take part in the great celebration of human solidarity that
China will host in the light of the flame in 2008.

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

In China's traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are
symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of
prosperity. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another
measure of a good year and a good life.

The ornamental lines of the water-wave designs are taken from well-known
Chinese paintings of the past. Among Fuwa, Beibei is known to be gentle and
pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring.

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Jingjing makes children smile -- and that's why he brings the blessing of
happiness wherever he goes. You can see his joy in the charming naivety of his
dancing pose and the lovely wave of his black and white fur. As a national
treasure and a protected species, pandas are adored by people everywhere. The
lotus designs in Jingjing's headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain
paintings of the Song Dynasty (A.D.960-1234), symbolize the lush forest and
the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Jingjing was chosen to
represent our desire to protect nature's gifts -- and to preserve the beauty
of nature for all generations. Jingjing is charmingly naïve and optimistic. He
is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

In the intimate circle of Fuwa, Huanhuan is the big brother. He is a child
of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport -- and passion
is the blessing he bestows. Huanhuan stands in the center of Fuwa as the core
embodiment of the Olympic spirit. And while he inspires all with the passion
to run faster, jump higher and be stronger, he is also open and inviting.
Wherever the light of Huanhuan shines, the inviting warmth of Beijing 2008 --
and the wishful blessings of the Chinese people -- can be felt. The fiery
designs of his head ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang murals -- with
just a touch of China's traditional lucky designs. Huanhuan is outgoing and
enthusiastic. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great
stretches of land as he races across the earth. A symbol of the vastness of
China's landscape, the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength
of body that comes from harmony with nature. Yingying's flying pose captures
the essence of a species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first
animals put under protection in China. The selection of the Tibetan Antelope
reflects Beijing's commitment to a Green Olympics. His head ornament
incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang
cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track
and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the
yellow Olympic ring.

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Every spring and summer, the children of Beijing have flown beautiful kites
on the currents of wind that blow through the capital. Among the kite designs,
the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular. Nini's
figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings
symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she
flies. Swallow is also pronounced "yan" in Chinese, and Yanjing is what
Beijing was called as an ancient capital city. Among Fuwa, Nini is as innocent
and joyful as a swallow. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green
Olympic ring.


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