Why Beijing Olympics medals use Kunlun jade

Why Beijing Olympics medals use Kunlun jade

Kunlun Jade, a kind of nephrite, is named after Kunlun mountain located in Qinghai China. Kunlun is the most mysterious mountain among all the famous mountains in China. Kunlun was also the cradle of the Kunlun genre of Taoism. Kunlun is rooted from Pamirs, which runs across middle Asia. Therefore Kunlun is also called as the spine of Asia. Kunlun has born many legends. It was revered as a holy mountain which was a settlement for the gods. Ancient Chinese believed Kunlun was the “origin of all the mountains” and the “birth land of Imperial genealogy”. In the earliest legend, there was a god with a human face and tiger body protecting this holy land. Later on, the queen of the gods of heaven became the owner of Kunlun. In many ancient literature,...

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Beijing Olympics medals will be made from Jade

Beijing Olympics medals will be made from Jade

Kunlun Jade, a precious stone from Kunlun Mountains in Northwest China’s Qinghai Province, will be used to make Olympic medals for the Beijing 2008 Games. The news was announced here on Wednesday following a ceremony at which the government of Qinghai Province signed a memo of understanding with the Beijing Games organizers (BOCOG) on jade donation for Olympic medals. “All the 3,000-plus jade discs, which are to be set into the gold, sliver and bronze medals, will have been processed by March, before they are handed over to BOCOG,” said Jidi Majia, vice governor of Qinghai Province. “The jade all comes from part of Kunlun Mountains in Qinghai, which boasts abundant high quality jade.” he added. “We have different colors of...

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