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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni- WELCOME TO BEIJING!


With just 26 days left for the Beijing Olympics to begin, I am so excited to write about the mascots for Olympics. Instead of the usual 5 rings it is quite nice to have the FUWA from china. The Olympic rings are very sensational and the colors mean so much. Similarly the mascots for this Olympics also carry a sweet and friendly message as well as a message for peace. The mascots embody the natural characteristics of china's most popular animals.

The Fish- Beibei
The Panda-Jingjing
The Tibetan Antelope-Yingying
The Swallow-Nini
and the Olympic Flame-Huanhuan

The order comes like Bei Jing Huan Ying Nini which means WELCOME TO BEIJING!


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. Beibei is known to be gentle and pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring.

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.The lotus designs in Jingjing's headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain paintings of the Song Dynasty, symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Jingjing is charmingly naïve and optimistic. He is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.


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.Huanhuan is outgoing and enthusiastic. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.

Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth.the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature.Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the yellow Olympic ring.

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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