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2008 Summer Olympics Mascots

Updated on September 17, 2008
Beijing Summer Olympics 2008
Beijing Summer Olympics 2008

Quick 2008 Summer Olympic Facts:

  • The Games begin August 8, 2008 and end August 24, 2008.

  • The opening ceremonies will be held at the Beijing National Stadium.

The 2008 Summer Olympics will be hosted by Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The official logo of the Beijing Olympics is the “Dancing Beijing” – with a calligraphic character (jing), meaning capital as a reference to the host city. The Beijing 2008 mascots are the five Fuwa. Translated as good luck dolls, each Fuwa represents a color of the Olympic rings.

The five Fuwa are based on the five elements:

  • water - Bèibei
  • wood - Jīngjing
  • fire - Huānhuan
  • earth - Yíngying
  • sky - Nīni

When the names are put together, they sound like the phrase “Běijīng huānyíng nǐ” which translates as “Beijing welcomes you.”

Olympic Mascots: Fuwa
Olympic Mascots: Fuwa

The Five Fuwa

Beibei
Beibei
Jingjing
Jingjing
Huanhuan
Huanhuan
Yingying
Yingying
Nini
Nini

Bèibei

Bèibei represents the element of Water. Her designs of fish and water are supposed to symbolize prosperity. Bèibei’s Olympic Ring is blue; and, she represents the Olympic aquatic sports.

Among the Fuwa, she is known as being gentle and pure.

With her arms open wide in welcome, Bèibei looks like she is ready to spread blessings among us all.

Jīngjing

Representing the element of Wood, Jīngjing is a panda. His Olympic Ring is black; and, noted for his athletic strength, he represents Olympic sports like weightlifting and judo.

Among the Fuwa, Jīngjing is known as honest and optimistic.

Posing with his arms in a cute hug-like fashion, Jīngjing brings happiness everywhere he goes. Looking at him, you can’t help but smile.

Huānhuan

Passionate Huānhuan represents the element of Fire. His Olympic Ring is red, like the flame of the Olympic Torch. Huānhuan represents Olympic ball sports.

Among the Fuwa, he is known to be an extrovert and enthusiastic.

Huānhuan stands like he is ready for action, ready to spread his passion for the unity the Olympic Games will create.

Yíngying

Sweet Yíngying embodies the Tibetan antelope. His Olympic Ring is yellow, and he represents the element of Earth. With the speed of antelope, Yíngying symbolizes the Olympic sport of track and field.

Among the Fuwa, Yíngying is known for being lively and vivacious.

Always running from place to place, he spreads health and harmony.

Nīni

With the gentle strength of a swallow, Nīni represents the element of Sky. Her Olympic Ring is green. She shows her strength in the Olympic sport of gymnastics.

Among Fuwa, Nīni is known for being innocent and joyous.

With her wings spread wide, she spreads good fortune and blessings to everyone.

The Mascots of the 2008 Olympic Games

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One World, One Dream

Watch for the Fuwa to dance through the Beijing Olympics in 2008. As an American adult, I find the Fuwa appealing—they are cute, sweet, and full of childlike energy. Their characters embody the kind of cartoons I loved from my childhood. These Olympic mascots send messages of friendship and peace to children throughout the world, while representing traditions and ancient cultures of China.

The slogan, One World, One Dream, invites the entire world to unite in Olympic spirit. The Fuwa honor a Chinese tradition of spreading blessings and wishes around the world, helping to unite the world with prosperity, happiness, passion, health, and good luck. The Beijing mascots have embarked on their mission to spread the promise of One World, One Dream.

福娃 Fuwa official promo

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      Oremie B 7 years ago from North London

      I wish I had seen this before visiting Beijing for the games 2 years ago already. I wasn't even signed up to HubPages then. I am doing a similar hub at the moment on the mascot for 2012 here in London. Can't wait!!

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      WOTPN 9 years ago

      cool! i was wondering what the mascots were this year - they haven't gotten enough press!

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      02SmithA 9 years ago from Ohio

      Interesting. I definitely didn't know this. Nice topic!

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      These mascots are always fun for the kids to try to spot. When we went to the Atlanta games the kids would always run up to them anytime they spotted them, and they were like the Disney mascots, couldn't say a word, but the kids didn't care.

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      caylin 9 years ago

      i think this is cool keep it up

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      Teach 9 years ago

      I will be using this for my grade 1 class. Thank you for making a clear and interesting site.

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      This is fabulous! You're sure to get some terrific traffic with this one! I'm with Whitney... gotta have one of the Fuwas.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub! It was now time to me to learn more about the 2008 Summer Olympics!

      Thanks for sharing ;)

      p.s.- my daughter just love the Fuwa cartoons!

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Cool. I'll have to check them out definitely. If anything not give the dog one. I worry if there are little beads in them. She'll chew them out. Maybe just a few for me ;-)

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Yeah, they do have stuffed ones. I bet you can find inexpensive ones on ebay...but they are a hot item right now with the Olympics this summer.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Can you get a stuffed one? Preferrably cheap ones, I'd like to get 2. 1 for me and 1 for the dog. Ha

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      I know, aren't they? I want some of my own Fuwa.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Those are the cutest pictures!