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
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.
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.
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.
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 ring.
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 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
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