The Opening ceremony was held on August 8 and the Closing ceremony on August 24
The "Dancing Beijing" emblem, depicting a Chinese seal inscribed with the character "Jing" (jīng (京), from the name of the Host City) in the form of a dancing figure.
The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa. (formerly Friendlies, Chinese: 福娃; Pinyin: Fúwá; literally "Good-luck dolls") Their names are: Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. Each of the five names is designed to look like a plausible name for a small child, but when put together, they sound nearly identical to the phrase "北京欢迎你 Běijīng huānyíng nǐ" which means "Beijing welcomes you". See Answers Corporation.