The obverse design features the title of PRC, the common year date "2008", the traditional paired Chinese dragon image and the colored emblem of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. The obverse of the coin presents a contrast between the mirror-like background and the frosted finish of the designs, which include the paired dragon design, the rim, the country name and the year date.
The reverse features Chinese folk sports events - tug of war and shadowboxing (Taiji), the tug of war is shown in the foreground, while Taiji seen on the background. The mint mark is added on the coin.
Obverse designer: Zhou Jian
Obverse engraver: Xu Yunfei and Zhang Chunye
Reverse designer: Yu Min and Sun Jiaying
Reverse engraver: Zhang Jiang