The figures of the 19th Asian Games' mascots Chenchen, Congcong and Lianlian were seen at the Main Press Center of the Games on Friday. The three mascots, carrying suitcases while walking in the press center, have gained popularity among staff and volunteers.
The mascots of the 19th Asian Games are a group of robots proclaiming the host city Hangzhou's profound heritage and contemporary vibrancy. Among them, Congcong represents the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, which is inscribed on the World Heritage list. It derives its name from the Cong jade pendant - the quintessential relic unearthed from the Ruins. Taking yellow, the colour of earth and bumper harvest, as the main tone, Congcong is proof of the 5,000-year Chinese civilization.
Chenchen represents the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, which is also a World Heritage Site. It derives its name from the Gongchen Bridge - a landmark structure in the Hangzhou section of the Grand Canal. Lianlian represents the West Lake, which is also inscribed on the World Heritage list. It derives its name from the lakeful of lush lotus leaves.
The 19th Asian Games, which will run from September 23 to October 8 in Hangzhou along with five other cities in east China's Zhejiang Province, is set to gather over 12,000 athletes from 45 Asian countries and regions competing in 481 events.