The Official Games Mascot "AYG Yuan Yuan" is derived from the Eosimias sinensis ("dawn monkey of China"). The species was first discovered in a remote area of Jiangsu and was one of the first known primates. The design of the Mascot was inspired by the "Red Sun" logo of the Olympic Council of Asia. Rounded lines are applied to form the monkey's face and its tail is delineated with the patterns of rain flower stones (a special local product also known as Yuhua-Stone). The Mascot is passionate and uniquely combines the heritage of the city, the virtues of the Games and the vibrancy of youth.
It also reflects the Nanjing citizens' hopes for the Games and the warm welcome they extend to all friends and guests from Asian countries and regions.