Meet Shuey Rhon Rhon, the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Mascot
Shuey Rhon Rhon is a Chinese lantern child who is looking forward to welcome friends from around the globe for the mega event. Exuding positivity, the glow emanating from its heart symbolises the inspiring warmth, friendship, courage, and perseverance of Para athletes that lights up the dreams of millions every day.
The Chinese lantern is a millennia-old cultural symbol associated with harvest, celebration, prosperity and brightness. Red is the most auspicious and festive colour of the country and is all the more fitting given the Games will coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations in February and March 2022.
The overall design on Shuey Rhon Rhon draws from traditional Chinese papercut, Ruyi ornaments, features doves, Beijing’s iconic Temple of Heaven, snow to symbolise peace, friendship and happiness.
Shuey has the same pronunciation as, the Chinese character for snow. The first Rhon in the mascot’s Chinese name means ‘to include, to tolerate’, while the second Rhon means ‘to melt, to fuse’ and ‘warm.’ The name expresses the well wish that there could be more inclusion for people with impairments more dialogue and understanding between cultures of the world.