Welcome to Travelerfolio! This special post is set to be published on 08.08.08 at 08:08 pm! Did you notice something? 08:08 pm is also 20:08, which is the year 2008 ! Be the first to comment now! All are welcome to post as many comments as you like!

When you are reading this post, you are either still watching or just finished watching the much anticipated grand opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games which also starts on the same day at the same time this post is published, that is at an auspicious time at 08:08pm!

Some interesting facts/stories about Beijing Olympic Games:

Beijing 2008, the Games of the XXIX Olympiad

“One World, One Dream ~ 同一个世界同一个梦想”

This Olympic Emblem known as the “Dancing Beijing“, is a Chinese Seal with the character “” (pronounced as “Jing“) engraved for the Olympic Movement by China, a country that the largest population in the world, with 1.3 billion people from 56 ethnic groups. “” | “Jing” is the latter of the great ancient capital of China – “北京” |Beijing“. You will notice that the “Dancing Beijing” has open arms, a gesture to welcome the world to join the Olympics.

The “Bird’s Nest” is China’s new National Stadium that will serve as the main venue of the Beijing Olympic Games and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games will be held in it too. It is considered as the most unusual and beautiful stadium in Olympic history.

Bird nest

This architectural wonder is the National Aquatics Center, also known as the “Water Cube” which has more than 4000 bubbles. It will host its first major swimming event this month – the “Good Luck Beijing”.

Water cube

(Source: http://en.beijing2008.cn/)

Do you know Feng Shui?

The north-south Imperial Axis is believed to bring eternal stability. The “Bird’s Nest” and the “Water Cube” are positioned on either side of the 7.7 km Imperial Axis that runs through the emperor’s seat at the Forbidden City, through the middle of Tian’anmen Square, the Drum and Bell towers, and Yongdinmen.

The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games“Fuwa” (福娃)

The five Fuwa are Beibei, Jinjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini, which actually means “Beijing huanying ni” (北京欢迎你), literally means “Beijing welcomes you”.

There is a popular Superstitious Belief that the recent misfortunes are related to the five Olympic Mascots for Beijing 2008.

Beibei (贝贝), represented by a Chinese sturgeon fish (中华鲟) that is thought to have lived at the same time as dinosaurs. This species is strictly protected by the Chinese government like a national treasure.

Beibei is linked to the South China floods on May 2008.

Jingjing (晶晶) is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.

He is a panda which is closely associated with Sichuan province that is well known for its pandas. Sichuan is devastated by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in May 2008.

Huanhuan (欢欢) is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.

This fuwa is linked to the Olympic Torch which has been dogged by aggressive anti-China protests on its world tour.

yingyingYingying (迎迎) represents the Tibetan Antelope which is unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under protection in China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile. He represents the yellow Olympic ring.

This mascot baby is speculated by some who believes that it is linked to the scene of riots in Tibet and the cause of international protests against China.

Nini (妮妮) represents a kite that is designed like a swallow. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring.

This baby is linked to the world capital of kites – Weifang (潍坊) in Shandong, where a deadly railway accident occurred a month ago, killing 71 people and 416 wounded.

Who cares about how “unlucky” superstitious people say about these Fuwa? We were so delightful to see these Olympic mascots in a shopping mall in Singapore! Say cheeze and PEACE to Beijing 2008!

fuwa