Dancing Beijing

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Dancing Beijing is the name of the symbol of the 2008 Summer Olympics, in Beijing in China. It was shown in August 2003 in a ceremony attended by 2,008 people in Beijing.[1]

Description[change | change source]

The symbol draws on Chinese culture, showing a red Chinese seal above the words "Beijing 2008" and the Olympic rings. The seal is written with a calligraphic rendition of the Chinese character 京 (jīng, meaning 'capital', from the name of the host city) in the form of a dancing figure.[1] The curves are also claimed to show the body of a wriggling dragon. The open arms of the figure show China inviting the world to share in its culture. The figure also looks like that of a runner. Red, is an important colour in Chinese society, often meaning good luck.

Design[change | change source]

The logo was created by Guo Chunning.[2] There was only one picture among the 1,985 entries givin by designers from China and others. Other entries included a lot Great Walls, pandas and dragons.[3] Other designers include Chang Wu (張武).[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC news Australia
  2. 2008.qq.com
  3. English hanban.edu.cn
  4. torchrelay Kaifeng
  5. worldvolunteerweb.org