Fuwa Beijing Olympics 2008

What Fuwa Olympic Mascots Stand For?

The five mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympics have been presented as five lovely characters, a Fish, a Panda, a Fire Demon, a Tibetan Antelope and a Swallow.

As well as representing the five Olympic rings (one for each continent), they also symbolize five categories of sports (the Fish for aquatic sports ands the Antelope for track and field) and are linked to the Traditional Five Elements (wu xing) of nature enumerated by Chinese philosophy.

More over, their names, Bei bei, Jing jing, Huan huan, Ying Ying and Ni ni can be transposed to Beijing Huanying Ni, “Beijing welcomes you” in Mandarin.

BeiBei - JingJing - HuanHuan - YingYing - NiNi

Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni

Beijing Welcomes You

Welcome to Beijing!

More Info: Wikipedia.