2008 Olympic Games is coming. The mascots, Fuwa, has come out. They are Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. The sum of the first words of their names in Chinese means “Beijing welcomes you”. They stand for five things: the Fish, the Panda, the Olympic Flame, the Tibetan Antelope and the Swallow.
Beibei stands for the Fish. She’s a lovely girl. She’s blue all over. In traditional Chinese culture, fish is the symbol of richness of the family. The head of Beibei is decorated by the pattern of fish scale. Beibei is good at water sports, representing the Blue Olympic Ring.
Jingjing represents the Panda. He is very charming. Panda is one of the most famous Chinese animals. Beibei comes from the vast forest. He is a smart panda with black eyes, small and round ears, black and white body. As the strongest Fuwa, Jingjing represents the Black Olympic Ring.
Huanhuan symbolizes the Olympic flame. His hair is red and like flame. He’s the embodiment of Olympic Gist. He spreads the Olympic spirit “Faster, Higher and Stronger” all over the world. Huanhuan is outgoing and enthusiastic. He’s good at all the ball games and represents the Red Olympic Ring.
Yingying represents Tibetan antelope. The Tibetan antelope is one of the rarest animals in the world and it lives only in Tibet. Because the Tibetan antelopes are becoming fewer and fewer, we must try our best to preserve them. And Yingying, representing the Yellow Olympic Ring, is my favourite mascot. Nini is a lovely swallow, coming from the blue sky. Nini is like the Chinese traditional swallow kite. There’s another meaning—Beijing was once called “Yanjing” and the character “Yan” in Chinese is the swallow.
Nini brings us happiness and luckiness. She’s good at gymnastics, representing the Green Olympic Ring. The five Fuwa carry a message of friendship and peace and convey the best wishes to people all around the world.