Nanjing is famous for its Yuhua stones, which lie on the bed of the Yangtze River and are slowly polished smooth by action of the water. Known as “rain flower stones”, these alluring, translucent pebbles come in shades of red, pink, yellow, white and green. Following a nationwide competition, , the stones were selected to create the as the symbol of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in the shape of a character by the name of Nanjinglele.
NanjingLELE wears the colour red as a sign of his enthusiasm, while blue signifies his kindness, selflessness, diversity and generosity, yellow his motivation and initiative, and green his vitality and peace-loving spirit. In its written form his name is made up of two identical Chinese characters: 砳砳. The one on the left represents the rain flower stone, while the one on the right is the symbolic name of Nanjing (“the City of the Stone”). “Lele” refers to the noise Yuhua stones make when they come into contact with each other and is pronounced in the same way as the Chinese word meaning “happiness” or “joy”. Nanjinglele likes nothing more than showing visitors around his city and taking photos with his friends from all over the world, all while munching on marshmallows. Cuddly and affectionate, he is inquisitive, bright-eyed, brave and a little bit of a rebel.
An accomplished athlete, Nanjinglele is a gifted practitioner of all 28 sports on the programme at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, and is never happier than when he is practicing them with his friends from all corners of the planet. And when it’s time to rest, he loves having a glass of water and transmitting his positive energy to his pals. Nanjinglele’s lives by the Olympic values of “Excellence, Friendships, Respect”. A Sagittarian, he celebrates his birthday on 29 November, having been unveiled to the world in 2012, the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
You’ll find him at all of the YOG’s competition venues, which are his favourite spots. No matter whether you’re watching the swimming, wrestling, tennis, archery, Rugby or golf, you’re sure to see him having fun with his friends and inviting you to try your hand at some fun challenges. One thing you won’t see him doing, however, is r sing. As Nanjinglele is the first to admit, that is not where his talent lies.