What does Fuwa represent?
[ 2007-07-24 15:34 ]
Fuwa are probably the most meaningful Olympic mascots in the history. Actually, when designers design them, they put many symbolic meanings into these five mascots that represent traditional culture and natural characteristics of China, which might be very difficult for foreigners to understand.
Basically, the name of the five Fuwa: "Beibei", "Jingjing", "Huanhuan", "Yingying" and "NIni" altogether in Chinese means welcome to Beijing. And they represent for five Olympic rings and also the five elements in Chinese philosophy. The five image of Fuwa come from the original shape of Chinese sturgeon, panda, Olympic flame, Tibetan antelope and swallow.
Beibei, passing the wish of flourish and harvest, it represents the blue ring and aquatic sports.
Jingjing is a lovely panda, it brings joy and happiness, Jingjing comes from the forest and symbolizes the harmonious coexistence between man and nature. It represents the black ring and strength sports.
Huanhuan is the eldest in the five, and it symbolized the Olympic sports spirit and the passion people have towards the Olympic Games. It symbolizes the red ring and ball games.
Yingying is an agile Tibetan antelope, it comes from the North-West of China and it is the rare and endangered species. Yingying represents the yellow ring and the athletics sports.
Nini comes from the sky, it is a swallow, and its image comes from the Chinese traditional kite and it is the symbolic image of Beijing. It represents the green ring and gymnastic sports.
Although Fuwa's meanings are various and hard for foreigners to understand, it is the feature of splendid Chinese culture and they give the information to the world--Welcome to Beijing!