Inspired by Chinese lantern, Paralympic mascot steps into spotlight

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With the Winter Paralympics under way, the Beijing Olympics' hugely popular panda mascot "Bing Dwen Dwen" has made way for its companion "Shuey Rhon Rhon," with the latter already proving to be a hit. In contrast to the cuddly Olympic animal character, Paralympic mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon is an anthropomorphic Chinese lantern representing "harvest, celebration, prosperity and brightness." Based on demand for related merchandise before Friday's opening of the Paralympics, the lantern-inspired mascot is shining brightly. The Olympic flagship store on Chinese online shopping platform Tmall.com launc...

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