Changing China

Giant on the move

And we name this baby — Olympic Games No. 4,001

June 13, 2008

chinese-baby.jpgchinese-baby.jpgSince China first applied to host the Olympics, more than 4,000 babies have been named Aoyun — which means ”Olympic Games,” according to the BBC. Officials in charge of identity cards say that more than 92 percent of the 4,104 registered Aoyuns are boys. 

The BBC reported that the  first surge in Aoyuns came in 1992, when China applied to host to the 2000 Games with about 680 Aoyuns registered at that time.  In 2002 another 553 babies were named Aoyuns after China was chosen to host the 2008 Games and the number has been rising ever since.

It is not uncommon for Chinese children to be given names of common events and popular slogans – such as Defend China, Build the Nation and Space Travel. There are 290,798 registered Civilisations.


I was noticed that there are babies named as the mascots of the games, these names are: Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying , Ni Ni. Its funny!


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