Tuesday, November 8, 2011
These are the mascots ("fuwa") of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Beibei the fish, Jingjing the panda, Huanhuan the Olympic flame, Yingying the Tibetan antelope, and Nini the swallow.
According to the official website, "Fuwa embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature -- the sea, forest, fire, earth and sky -- all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation."
If you un-reduplicate the names and put them all together - Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni - it apparently means "welcome to Beijing." Cute.
I got the card from the favorites tag, and it was sent unwritten in an envelope. Sad! However, the sender said she was afraid that it would be stolen in the mail, and she didn't have any more copies of this card. I am not sure what the red circular stamps are from. The "stamp" in the top right corner is preprinted.