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The Emblem and Mascots of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad

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China State Post Bureau issues on the 12th of November 2005 a set of stamps featuring the Emblem and Mascots of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, with a total face value of 4.80 yuan. The themes of the stamps are: "The Emblem of the Games" and the five Mascots: "Beibei", "Jingjing", "Huanhuan", "Yingying" and "Nini".

"the Emblem": The Emblem of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad takes the seal as their thematic expression, integrating Chinese traditional artistic styles of seals and calligraphy with the characteristics of sports, miraculously transformed into a figure who is running, dancing ahead to meet victory. The configuration of this human shape is similar to the verve of the Chinese character "Jing", short for "Beijing", containing the lingering charm of Chinese culture.

"Beibei": In China's traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. The beautiful ancient tale of the fish jumping over the Dragon Gate was used to describe success in life and the fulfillment of dreams-and the position of the fish in Beibei's crown shows that it is jumping for your success. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another measure of a good year and a good life. Likewise, the ornamental lines of the water-wave designs, which are taken from well-known Chinese paintings of the past, echo the message of prosperity and success. Among the Five friendlies, Beibei is known to be gentle and pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the bule Olympic ring.

"Nini": Every spring and summer for the last three centuries, the children of Beijing have flown beautiful kites on the currents of wind that blow through the capital. Among the kite designs, the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular. Nini's figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she flies. Soaring above Beijing like her predecessors, Nini is a flying figure that personifies the beautiful content of life. Swallow is also pronounced "yan" in Chinese, and Yanjing is what Beijing was called as an ancient capital city, nestled in the Yanshan Mountains. Among the Friendlies, Nini is as innocent and joyful as a swallow.She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring.

"Huanhuan": In the intimate circle of Friendlies, Huanhuan is the big brother. He is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport-and passion is the blessing he bestows. Huanhuan stands in the center of Friendlies as the core embodiment of the Olympic spirit. And while he inspires all with the passion to jump higher, run faster and be stronger, he is also open and inviting. Wherever the light of Huanhuan shines, the inviting warmth of Beijing 2008-and the wishful blessings of the Chinese people can be felt. The firery designs of his head ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang murals-with just a touch of China's traditional lucky designs. Huanhuan is outgoing and enthusiastis. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.

"Yingying": Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth. A symbol of the vastness of China's landscape, the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature. Yingying's flying pose captures the essence of a species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under protection in China.The selection of the Tibetan Antelope reflects Beijing commitment to a Green Olympics. His head ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the yellow Olympic ring.

"Jingjing": Like all baby pandas, Jingjing makes children smile, and that's why he brings the blessing of happiness wherever he goes. You can see his joy in the charming naivety of his dancing pose and the lovely wave of his black and white fur. As a national treasure and a protected species, pandas are adored b the people of China and admired for their gentle nature by people everywhere. The lotus designs in Jingjing's headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain paintings of the Song Dynasty, symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Jingjing was chosen to represent our desire to protect nature's gifts-and to preserve the beauty of nature for all generations. Among the Friendlies, Jingjing is charmingly naive and optimistic. He is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.

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