“A Xiang ”is a handsome, elegant, sincere and brave lamb, colored blue of one of the 5 rings of the Olympic flag, symbolizing the endless flowing Pearl River, representing the easy-going character and the liberal bosom of Guangzhou People.
“A Ru”is a pretty and fashionable, smart and warm-hearted lamb, colored red of one of the 5 rings of Olympic flag, symbolizing the city flower Kapok of Guangzhou.
“Le Yangyang”is a tall and handsome, confident and sunshine big sheep, colored yellow of one of the 5 rings of the Olympic flag, symbolizing the sponsor Ear City(which is yellow),containing the meaning of harvest and joy,expressing that the success of the Game will be the spiritual treasure of the Asian people.
“A Yi” is a cute ,vivacious and outgoing lamb, colored green of one of the 5 rings of the Olympic flag, a vivid color which gives it the graceful temperament, symbolizing the White Cloud Mountain of Guangzhou.
“A He” is an honest and modest, calm and steadfast lamb, colored black of one of the 5 rings of the Olympic flag, symbolizing the long history and the profound sediment of the culture of the old city.
The Mascots of the 16th Asian Games, known as Le Yangyang, are five cute and playful friends - A xiang, A He, A Ru, A Yi and Le Yangyang. When their names are spoken together - Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yangyang - it literally means “auspiciousness and joy” , in chinese.
The designs of the Mascots are strongly inspired by the “Legend of the Five Goats”, a famous story about five benevolent celestial beings that descended from the heavens riding on goats with coats of different colors, each holding an ear of rice its mouth. This 1000-old legend has earned Guangzhou its best known nickname of “The City of Goats” or even “The City of Five Goats”
Goats have deep roots in Chinese culture and have had a profound influence on the formation and development of many aspects of it, including writing, cuisine, ethics, etiquettes and aesthetics. In the language of ancient Chinese, the character “羊” yang (goat) is identical to the character “祥” xiang (luck). The Chinese character for beauty, “美” mei, is a combination of the characters “羊”, yang, and “大” da (big), in keeping with the traditional Chinese belief that a “big goat” is “beautiful”.
The goat is also considered an auspicious animal that brings luck, in other Asian cultures. Games’ Organizers said they hope that the design of the Mascots will appeal to, and resonate with, people of different cultures and religions throughout Asia.