Monday, July 28, 2008

Ying Ying The Fuwa

Izwan's office mate Rozana went to China earlier this year. I think it has something to do with the upcoming Olympics. And Rozana got us (me?) a Beijing 2008 magnet! Sukanya kita!! I wonder if they sell the entire collection of magnets online. I'd like to have one set.

They have five mascots - I read on a website that like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and inspiration, Fuwa (the mascots) will serve as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace -- and good wishes from China -- to children all over the world.

Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals -- the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow -- and the Olympic Flame. Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name -- a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.

Rozana bought Ying Ying for us. Here she is:

Where from: Beijing, China
When: 2008
Who: Rozana Sani
Where now: Home
Wow Factor: # 197

Pictures taken from here and the five mascots from here.

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