Thursday, 14 August 2008

Olympic mascots

I love the four cartoon characters on the BBC cartoon advertising and introducing the Olympic Games.

But these are the offical mascots of the Bejing Games.

The mascots, known as Funwa, carry a message of friendship and peace and good wishes from China to children all over the world. Four of the Funwa represent China's most popular animals - the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow. The fifth one represents the Olympic Flame.

When you put their names together -- Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni -- they say "Welcome to Beijing," offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.

Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.

If you haven't visited the BBC's Olympic map - it's a brilliant use of modern mapping techbniques and gives you an introduction to the Bejing area.

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