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“What’s In a Name?” The Original Six of China Football

Conshohocken, Pa (May 23, 2016) – The CAFL will kick off the first season of professional arena football in the Autumn of 2016, with the “Super Series” tour
featuring teams from 6 major mainland cities. Previously announced, and introduced along their team nicknames and official logos, we though you might like to know the thinking, background and symbolism behind each.

The Beijing Lions

Beijing Lions

Statues of guardian lions are seen throughout the nation dating back to ancient times. Imperial palaces, tombs, temple, government offices and the private homes of important  leader and the wealthy date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 22) and were believed to have powerful and mythical benefits. The gold color used in the logo represents good  fortune, wealth and power, all traits linked to the capital city of Beijing.


The Shanghai Skywalkers

Shanghai Skywalkers

Pretty self-explanatory at the surface.  Shanghai’s skyline may be the world’s most modern and famous, symbolic of China’s ascendance in the modern era.
But look deeper to the colors inside the logo as they transition from yellow (land) to light blue (the sea) to dark blue (night sky) representing the cities transformation from a seaport and trading center (Shanghai means “Upon the sea” ) to emerge as China’s most populous city steeped in financial and global business.


The Guangzhou Power

Guangzhou Power

The third of China’s Big 3″ cities of population and power, Guangzhou has exploded in the modern era as the economic and commercial center of the southern region.  The Pearl River Delta region counts some 44 million residents. This is a true modern transportation marvel, with links to all major mainland cities as well as nearby Hong Kong and Macau. Given the location, the basic black colors of the team and logo corresponds to water in ancient Chinese lore, with black viewed as the color of heaven.


The Shenzhen Naja

Shenzhen Naja

The Naja is a variety of the venomous cobra, with this strain found in southern China.  The bright colors of the logo represent the local climate with the original look of the local terrain prior to radical changes to the city in the modern era, and its designation as a Special Economic Zone.


The Dalian Dragon Kings

Dragon Kings

Dalian’s name springs from its roots as a small fishing village. Dalian, loosely translated, means “blue mud swamp.” As the city is located by the Yellow Sea, the color combination of blue and yellow is appropriate. Now a major seaport and rapidly expanding city, the Dragon Kings represent a deity in Chinese mythology widely regarded as the divine ruler of the oceans.


The Qingdao Clipper

Qingdao Clipper

A spectacular seaside city, often called the “San Diego of China” an old saying describes Qingdao as a city of “red tiles, green trees, blue sky and blue sea.”
The jaunty palm-lined city is filled with home and buildings topped by red ceramic tile roofing.  The Clipper in the logo is perhaps the most modern character in the team logos, with the possible exception of the Shanghai skyline.


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