Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Olympex 2008

I know, I know, Beijing Olympic games are over since almost two months now. But I have received so many interesting items and I’m so late in updating my blog that I will write about this event still in several posts.
Today I want to share with you a postal card I received from my Chinese friend who lives in Beijing. As you will see, this card is related to Olympex, the philatelic and numismatic exhibition that takes place every four years, in the same location than the Olympic Games.

Here is the recto of the card.
I guess you recognize them, they are the Fuwa, the mascots of the Beijing 2008 games. They are five, like the five Olympic rings, and each of them bears the color of one of the ring. From left to right the mascots are :
- Beibei, the fish, who symbolizes prosperity. Among the Fuwa Beibei is known to be gentle and pure.
- JingJing the Panda, symbolizes happiness. He makes children smile.
- Huanhuan the Olympic Flame, who is the big brother. He symbolizes the passion of sport
- Yingying the Antelope carries the symbol of heath and strength
- Nin, the swallow who brings good luck wherever she flies

If you put together the first part of their name you get “Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni” which means “Welcome to Beijing” !

Now here is the verso.

The printed stamp pictures the now well known emblem of the Beijing 2008 games. But what is more interesting, the left part of the card contains four pictorial cancels that were available during Olympex 2008. This exhibition was held between the 8th of August and the 18th of August in the Beijing Exhibition Centre. The cancels located on the top left and the one on the bottom right pictures the logo of the exhibition. Here is a picture of the official logo.

The logo adopts the visual elements of traditional Chinese culture. It is a round jade plate with a hole in the center that is surrounded with clouds. The clouds represent the auspiciousness and the round jade plate means perfection. The "O" shape of the logo is also the first letter of OLYMPIC EXPO, effectively enhancing its visual cognition.

The cancel located on the right top corner pictures the façade of the Beijing Exhibition Centre where the expo has taken place.

An interesting souvenir, isn’t it ?

If you want to know more about the expo you can check its website :

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