About the Game - The 6th East Asian Games
The Emblem, based on the letter “J” (initial of Jin, the short form of Tianjin), is designed into the image both of the waves of the Haihe River (mother river of Tianjin) and of the athletic track. It also echoes the Lucky Clouds, a traditional graphic pattern adopted for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and the Jixiangornis, a legendary bird denoting good luck and happiness. The red, green and blue colors used for the emblem symbolize the peoples of East Asia, as well as their aspirations and good wishes.
The Mascots of the Games are the two “Angels”, the design of which are based on the Chinese rose (cityflower of Tianjin) and the Lucky Clouds pattern. The Chinese rose symbolizes “peace and friendship”, and the Lucky Clouds symbolize “harmonious development”. The angels are named “Jinjin” (initial of jin, the short form of Tianjin) and “Dongdong” (initial of dongya, the Chinese phonetic alphabet for East Asia).Jinjin, a lovely girl wearing a Chinese rose, opens her arms to welcome all the guests to the city. Dongdong,an energetic boy with Lucky Clouds on his head, jumps up and makes the gesture of victory to indicate the success of the Games. The English word “angel” is the Chinese equivalent of “tianshi”, which is the shortened expression of “Tianjinshizhe”, the Chinese equivalent of “the ambassadors from Tianjin”. The concept combines the folk tradition of the city and the culture of the West. Angels are loved throughout the world, and they now become the goodwill ambassadors of Tianjin, host of the East Asian Games. The design of the Mascots is borrowed from the two renowned traditional forms of arts developed in Tianjin: Zhang-style Clay Figurines and Yangliuqing Woodcut New Year Pictures. The elaborate graphics and rich colors bestow upon the Mascots remarkable liveliness and vitality.