The first China International Consumer Products Expo (hereinafter referred to as the Hainan Expo) mascots named Yuan Yuan and Xiao Xiao, or "Yuan Xiao" for the combined pair, were officially revealed at a press conference held in Haikou on March 18, which marked the 50 days remaining in the countdown before the event begins. The mascots are based on the image of the beloved Hainan Gibbon.
According to Mr. Ruslan Tulenov, Global Media Officer of the Hainan Provincial Bureau of International Economic Development, an organizer of the Hainan Expo, there are three main reasons for the Hainan Expo to choose the image of the Hainan gibbon for its mascots. The first is to embody Hainan, with the Hainan Gibbon being the rarest primate in the world and also being unique to Hainan. The second is to show the high-quality orientation of the Expo, as the image of the rare Hainan gibbons fits well with the high-quality consumer goods to be exhibited. The third is to emphasize ecological protection, as the Hainan Expo will highlight the concepts of environment-friendly shopping and exhibition.