Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Mascots Fuwa - Nini[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Cultural inspiration: The swallow; Beijing's shayan kites. The swallow is a messenger of spring and happiness in Chinese culture, and is seen as a symbol of good fortune. The Chinese character for swallow (燕) is also used in Yanjing (燕京), an old name for Beijing; thus the swallow alludes to Beijing. Nini's headgear uses the design of Beijing's shayan kites, which are colourful cross-shaped kites modeled after swallows.
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