Chinese zodiac Dragon version of Bing Dwen Dwen, a Beijing Winter Olympic Games mascot, and licensed products of the new version, including toys, badges and keychains, hit the market in Beijing on Thursday.
The special version was designed to celebrate the second anniversary of the Beijing Games and the upcoming Year of the Dragon in February 2024.
Lin Cunzhen, a designer of the dragon version of Bing Dwen Dwen, received an exclusive interview with China News Service.
"The ice crystal shell can be transformed into different versions, similar to changing equipment and skins while playing video games, thereby helping youngsters learn more about Bing Dwen Dwen," said Lin.
During the Beijing Winter Games, which coincided with the Chinese New Year in 2022, organizers released a special festival edition of Bing Dwen Dwen dressed in a costume featuring tiger elements to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Following Hu - meaning tiger - Dwen Dwen, Tu Dwen Dwen was also unveiled, inspired by a mythical rabbit, for the Year of Rabbit.