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An unexpected breakthrough star at the Beijing Winter Olympics...

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ซ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜–๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ด

๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Beijing Olympics mascot Bing Dwen Dwen ((ๅ†ฐๅขฉๅขฉ), the dewy-eyed panda in an icy body shell, has become so popular in China since the opening ceremony of the games that many Bing Dwen Dwen souvenirs were sold out within hours. Daily sales of Bing Dwen Dwen, including miniature figurines and lapel pins โ€” reached 3 million yuan ($470,000) within hours on authorized sales platforms as the Winter Games kicked off.

โ€œAs factories are closed for the Spring Festival holiday, there is currently a shortage of supply to handle the mascot souvenir demands,โ€ Zhao Weidong, a spokesperson for the Beijing Olympics organizing committee, said during a press conference Sunday.

Apart from a few media such as Eurosport and Sportnieuws (the Netherlands) generalizing on the few negative twitter remarks with Bing Dwen Dwen being an exceptional ugly panda, the disappointments of athletes getting first the panda and then the medal at ceremonies or panda diplomacy, the panda mascot has also won over many attending athletes and foreign journalists reporting on the Winter Olympics. Videos of Japanese journalist Gido Tsujioka showing off his collection of Bing Dwen Dwen items during a live broadcast have gone viral on Chinese social media sites these days.

Read more about Bing Dwen Dwen and also Shuey Rhon Rhon (้›ชๅฎน่ž), mascot of the the Beijing Winter Paralympics here in one of our previous blogs :

Warming Up for the Beijing Winter Olympics (Sept 27, 2021)

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Sources Sixthtone , Weibo

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