On January 11, a moment in art and sports convergence transpired at the unveiling ceremony for the 2025 9th Asian Winter Games emblem and mascots, crafted by Professor Chen Lei’s Team from Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts & Design (AADTHU).
Titled "Breakthrough," the emblem seamlessly integrates elements such as the determined posture of short track speed skaters, Harbin's city flower lilac, swirling ribbons, the stylized Chinese character "九" (nine), and the sun icon of the Olympic Council of Asia. This confluence signifies the fusion of Chinese culture and Olympic elements, conveying China's commitment to accelerating the construction of a sports powerhouse in the new era. The design aspires to challenge higher, faster, and stronger goals, making a positive contribution to the development of winter sports in Asia.
Inspired by two adorable Siberian tigers born in September 2023 at the Siberian Tiger Park in Heilongjiang, Binbin and Nini represent a warm welcome from Harbin. Personifying the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Northeastern region, they seamlessly integrate the Olympic spirit, showcasing cultural confidence and vitality. This artistic effort aims to tell China's story and amplify its voice globally.
Since the global call for submissions began on September 19, 2023, reaching over 520 million people in more than 30 countries and regions, a total of 4608 entries were received. Professor Chen Lei's team took up the challenge, submitting seven emblem and mascot designs. Following a rigorous selection process by an expert panel, their designs secured a spot in the top four. With further guidance from esteemed experts, including Professor Han Meilin and Professor He Jie, the team refined and elevated their designs to perfection.
The emblem and mascots designed by Professor Chen Lei's team encapsulate Harbin's cultural essence and natural charm. Their designs reflect the Games' core philosophy and the host's cultural values. This project, far more than a creative task, represents the team's contribution to a global stage. The team is honored and excited, eagerly awaiting the success of the 2025 9th Asian Winter Games.
Team Members: Chen Lei, Huang Yilei, Shao Wenqin, He Lixing, Zeng Qianqian, Lan Junwen, Zhu Jiaqi, Yu Qianqian, Lu Hanxuan
Source: Academy of Arts and Design
Editors: Gillian Tang, Fang Si, Guo Lili