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Stories behind 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics – full of Chinese romance

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Stories behind 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics – full of Chinese romance

January 25
23:56 2022

Countries worldwide have shown great interest in the upcoming Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Besides looking forward to the wonderful debut full of technological and environment-friendly concepts, exotic spectators might also be curious about the story of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. For example, as the first double Olympic City, what elements are related to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games? What fascinating Chinese stories are behind these elements?

First, the “flying” of the torch and the “concentric” of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympics medal echo the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The torch uses red and silver as the main colors to metaphor ice and fire, symbolizing that the torch will bring “light and warmth” to the ice and snow world. The cloudy background conveys an auspiciousness. The color selection and the auspicious cloud pattern on the handle represent the extension of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

The “concentric” medal consists of rings around a center, an image of the circular jade in ancient China. The five concentric rings around the center express the Chinese cultural connotation of “pursuit of unity and harmony” and symbolize that the Olympic spirit brings people together. It shows the cultural inheritance of the “double Olympic city,” echoing the “gold inlaid jade” Medal of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Meanwhile, the creativity of the torch relay kindling lamp of the Winter Olympics comes from the “first lamp of China” – the Changxin palace lamp of the Western Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago. “Changxin” means an eternal belief and represents people’s pursuit and yearning for light and hope, perfect integration of classical and modern. It embodies the eternal Olympic spirit.

According to the Beijing Winter Olympic Organizing Committee, a never-withering lint flower is chosen for the award bouquet. It adopts an intangible cultural heritage technology to be preserved forever and practices the concept of sustainable environmental protection. Additionally, it is reported that some of the Olympic award bouquets were woven by more than 100 disabled people from the China Disabled People’s welfare foundation. Among them, a weaver, Mou Guoying, who said delightedly, “I am honored to participate in the production of the Olympic award bouquet. It is an important job. I feel warm and happy when I think of athletes from all countries getting this bouquet and taking it back to their country”. The warm story behind the award bouquet also reflects the unique Chinese romance.

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