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Meet Beijing 2022 mascot Bing Dwen Dwen

07 Feb 2022, 17:49 GMT+10

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BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The official mascot of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Bing Dwen Dwen, is enjoying rapidly rising popularity. Merchandise featuring the mascot has reportedly sold out in many online and offline stores.

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In simple words, it is a giant panda in an ice suit, but the idea behind the design is quite intriguing. Not many people know that the initial version of the design was inspired by sugar-coated haws -- a traditional Chinese snack that is often sold in the winter season in northern China.

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And don't forget Bing Dwen Dwen's friend, Shuey Rhon Rhon, a red lantern baby which is the mascot of the Beijing Winter Paralympics. Red lantern is a symbol of harvest, warmth and light in Chinese culture.

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