We’re now walking from the Temple of Heaven (or “Tiantan” in Chinese) to our Chinese Driver Sifu’s car, & along the way I took some photos of Beijing Streets :
And guess where we went!??! A Beijing Olympics Sourvenir Store of course – & a real big one too!!! This was to be the beginning of my Shopping Spree of the day, & night too heehee!!!
Below is a Slideshow of the photos taken inside the huge 2-storey 2008 Beijing Olympics Souvenirs Store called Hualiu Retail Store – a 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Official Licensed Products Store
The Beijing 2008 Olympics Official Mascots or Fuwa embody the natural characteristics of 4 of China’s most popular animals – the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow, & the Olmypic Flame!
Like the 5 Olympic Rings from which they draw their color & inspiration, Fuwa will serve as the Offical Mascots of Beijing 2008 Oympic Games, carrying a Message of Friendship & Peace, & Good Wishes from China, to Childen all over the World!
Each of the Fuwa has a rhyming 2-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, & Nini is the Swallow.
When you put their 5 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!
Fuwa also embody both the Landscape & the Dreams & Aspirations of People from every part of the vast country of China. In their Origins & their Headpieces, you can see the 5 Elements of Nature – the Sea, Forest, Fire, Earth & Sky – all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese Folk Art & Ornamentation.
In the ancient Culture of China, there’s a grand tradition of spreading Good Wishes through Signs & Symbols. As spreading Traditional Chinese Good Wishes Whereever They Go – each of the Fuwa symboliazes a different Blessing – & will honor this tradition by carrying their Good Wishes to the Children of the World. Prosperity, Happiness, Passion, Health & Good Luck will be spread to every Continent as Fuwa carry their Invitation of Beijing 2008 Olympics to evert part of the Globe!
At the Heart of their Mission – & through all their work, Fuwa will seek to Unite the World in Peace & Friendship through the Olympics Spirit. Dedicated to help Beijing 2008 spread its Theme of “One World, One Dream” to every Continent, Fuwa reflect the deep desire of the Chinese People to reach out to the World in Friendship through the Games – & to Invite every Man, Woman & Child to take part in the Great Celebration of Human Solidarity that China will host in the light of the Flame in 2008!
Beibei the Fish – In China’s traditional Culture & Art, the Fish & Water designs are Symbols of Prosperity & Harvest. And so Beibei carries the Blessing of Prosperity with her Fish designed headdress, as a Fish is also a Symbol of Surplus in Chinese Culture, another measure of a Good Year & a Good Life.
The Ornamental lines of the Water-wave designs are taken from well-known Chinese Paintings of the Past. Among Fuwa, Beibei is known to be Gentle & Pure. Strong in Water Sports, she reflects the Blue Olympic Ring!
Jingjing the Panda – Jingjing makes Children Smile – & 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 & the Lovely wave of his Black & White fur. As a National Treasure & a Protected species, Pandas are adored by people everywhere.
The Lotus Designs in Jingjing’s headress, which are inspired by the Porcelian Painting of the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1234), symbolizes the Lush Forest & the Harmonious relationship between Man & Nature. Jingjing was chosen to represent our Desire to Protect Nature’s Gifts – & to preserve the Beauty of Nature for all generations! Jingjing is charmingly Naive & Optimistic, he’s an Athlete noted for Strength & he represents the Black Olmypic Ring!
Huanhuan the Flame – In the intimate circle of Fuwa, Huanhuan is the Big Brother. He’s a Child of Fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame & the Passion of Sport – & Passion is the Blessing he bestows! Huanhuan stands in the Centre of Fuwa as the Core embodiment of the Olympic Spirit. And while he Inspires All with the Passion to run Fast, Jump Higher, & be Stronger, he’s also Open & Inviting!
Wherever the Light of Huanhuan shines, the inviting Warmth of Beijing 2008 – & the Wishful Blessings of the Chinese People – can be felt! The Fiery designs of Huanhuan’s head Ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang Murals – with just a touch of China’s traditional Lucky signs. Huanhuan is Outgoing & Enthisiastic & he Excels at all the Ball Games & represents the Red Olympic Ring!
Yingying the Tibetan Antelope – Like all Antelopes, Yingying is Fast & Agile & can swiftly cover great stretches of Land as he Races across the Earth! A Symbol of 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 unqiue to the Qinhai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under Protection in China.
The selection of the Tibetan Antelope reflects Beijing’s commitment to a Green Olympics. Yingying’s head Ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet & Sinkiang Cultures & the ethnic Design Traditions of Western China. Strong in Track & Field events, Yingying is a Quick-witted & Agile boy who represents the Yellow Olympic Ring!
Nini the Swallow – Every Spring & Summer, children of Beijing will fly beautiful Kites on the current of wind that blows 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.
Yingying’s Golden Wings symbolize the Infinite Sky & spread Good-Luck as a Blessing wherever she flies! Swallow is also pronounced “Yan” in Chinese, & Yingying is what Beijing was called as an ancient Capital City. Among Fuwa, Nini is as Innocent & Joyful as a Swallor. She is Strong in Gymnastics & represents the Green Olympic Ring!
Loving them so much how could I resist not carrying the Fuwas in this Hualiu Retail Store, not especially when they were so huge & beautiful
Me carrying the Giant Hottie Huanhuan & Cutie Jingjing – Wish I could bring them back home with me!!
Now carrying Sweetie Beibei & Charming Yingying!!!
And Lovely Nini of course!! Actually I do feel kinda close to Nini since I’ve also got the same last Chinese name as her – “Ni” cos my Chinese name is “Zhen Ni”, heehee!!
Like me, Dear also likes the Fuwa alot – especially Huanhuan – which we’d thought at first is a girl! Actually he’s a boy – the Big Brother!! Just to remind you – among the 5 Fuwa, only Beibei & Nini are girls )
Dear standing with Huanhuan & Yingying infront of the beautiful huge replica of the Temple of Heaven (“Tiantan” in Chinese).
I was happiest cos I bought so many Souvenirs (Olympics Fuwas, Olympics Key Rings, Olympics Fuwa Souvenir Magnets, Bing Ma Yong Photo Frame, Bing Ma Yong Souvenir Magnets etc) which I’ve put them all together in the following Slide – Be real Jealous heehee!!
Dear & I left Hualiu Retail Store – the 2008 Beijing Olympics Souvenirs Store with 2 HUGE bags!!! And of course with HOLES in our Pockets too cos they were all originals haha!!! But still, we had never been so HAPPY since we arrived in Beijing – or rather I had never been more HAPPIER heehee!! Yipee Yipee!!
And Hey, I love the Store designs & deco with the many gigantic Fuwa & Fuwa prints – so beautiful!! Hahaha anything to do with the Fuwa I’d get real crazy heehee cos I just adore them!!
Before I say goodbye for now – I’d like to share with you the following Beijing 2008 Olympics Video entitled “Song of Sand” which I loved at 1st sight cos I think it’s real Cool, Artistic & simply Beautiful!