Continuing with part of two of series of posts counting down to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. The 200 day countdown post spoke about all the work China is putting into these games as well as my expectations for team Jamaica. Now with 150 days to go I will post information about the 5 2008 Olympic games mascots as requested by Leon.

There are 5 mascots representing the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, one for each of the five Olympic rings and also the five elements of nature according to Chinese customs – sea, forest, fire, earth and sky. They are called “Fuwa” and they carry a message of friendship and peace from China to the world. Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Jingjing is the Panda, Nini is the Swallow, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Beibei is the Fish. Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name which is a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Hmmm if my parents were Chinese I wonder what they would call me…JamJam…?

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