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What Are Olympic Mascots Fuwa Designed?

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What Are Olympic Mascots Fuwa Designed?

Fuwa is the mascot of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, designed by Han Meilin, a professor at the school of fine arts, Tsinghua University. It was officially released on November 11, 2005, just 1000 days before the opening of the 29th Olympic Games.



What Are Olympic Mascots Fuwa Designed?

1. Mascot Design Idea

Fuwa are five anthropomorphic dolls. Their prototypes and headdresses contain the connection with the ocean, forest, fire, earth and sky. They apply the expression of traditional Chinese art and show the broad and profound brilliant Chinese culture. Each doll of Fuwa represents a good wish. Beibei symbolizes prosperity, Jingjing symbolizes joy, Huanhuan symbolizes passion, Yingying symbolizes health and Nini symbolizes good luck. With Beijing's hospitality, dolls bring blessings to all over the world, inviting people from different countries to celebrate the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


Beibei's inspiration sources from Chinese New Year pictures, Chinese traditional fish pattern and water wave pattern. Beibei's blessing is prosperity. She is a little carp. "Fish" and "water" are symbols of prosperity and harvest in Chinese traditional culture and art.


Jingjing's inspiration is from endangered rare animalpanda in China. He represents the black one of the Olympic rings.


Huanhuan's inspiration sources from Chinese traditional fire pattern and the fire pattern in Dunhuang murals. Huanhuan is the big brother of Fuwa. He is a fire doll, symbolizing the Olympic flame. It represents the red one of the five Olympic rings.


Yingying's inspiration is from the unique rare animalTibetanin antelopein China. He represents the yellow one of the Olympic rings.


Nini's inspiration is from Shayan kite or Beijing swift of Beijing's tradition. She represents the green part of the Olympic rings.



2. Mascot Production Process

The Beijing Olympic mascot collection has attracted many designers all over the world. The collection work started on August 5, 2004 and ended on December 1, 2004. BOCOG received 662 valid entries. Among them, there are 611 works of mainland China, accounting for 92.3% of the total, 12 works of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, accounting for 1.8% of the total, 39 works of foreign countries, accounting for 5.9% of the total.


At 8:00 p.m. on November 11, 2005, Beijing time, the mascot of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was officially announced in the workers' Stadium. Its image is fish, panda, Olympic flame, Tibetan antelope and Beijing swallow. Its name is Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, yingying and Nini, meaning Welcome to Beijing in chinese. The following is the main process of the mascot of this Olympic Games.


(1) From August 5, 2004

Beijing 2008 Olympic mascot and Beijing 2008 Paralympic mascot design competition started on May 5.


(2) On December 1, 2004, the Mascot Collection was Completed

According to the person in charge of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, the mascot design competition for the four-month Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games was completed on December 1 and entered the stage of selection.


(3) Mascot Entered the Selection Process on December 15, 2004

BOCOG officially confirmed 662 works competing for the mascot of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. From December 15, the mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games have entered the selection process. After a series of strict procedures such as preliminary evaluation, re evaluation, modification and registration, the mascot was scheduled to officially appear in June 2005.


(4) Mascot Announced on November 11, 2005

At 8 p.m. on November 11, the mascot was officially unveiled at the Beijing Workers' Stadium.


(5) Mascot Launched on November 12, 2005

More than 500000 Olympic mascot franchised products have been sold in franchised retail stores all over the country since November 12.



3. Mascot Connotation and Characteristics

The mascot of this Olympic Games has five characteristics.

First, the mascot of the Beijing Olympic Games embodies the preparation concept and Olympic spirit of "Green Olympics, people's Olympics, science and technology Olympics". Second, mascots have strong Chinese characteristics. Third, mascots are widely representative.

Fourth, mascots have original intellectual property rights and broad market development space. Fifthly, the mascot of Beijing Olympic Games is the crystallization of collective wisdom.


The design of Beijing Olympic mascot contains profound connotation. The five Fuwa can not only correspond to the five rings of the Olympic logo, but also conform to the national conditions of China with a large population, a long history and rich culture. At the same time, it is also closely related to the traditional Chinese digital culture, such as five elements, five blessings, five protection gods, and so on. The five Olympic rings are connected by five different color rings, representing five continents, Europe (sky blue), Australia (grass green), America (red), Asia (yellow), and Africa (black). The five rings are closely linked, symbolizing the friendship and solidarity between athletes and people from all over the world. Surprisingly, the five rings coincide with the five elements theory of China, and the five elements have five different colors.


The things of the nation are the things of the world. The five Fuwa groups show the charm of Chinese traditional culture to the whole world and convey the message of unity, peace and friendship.


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