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 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 mainly the famouse Chinese architecture - the Great Wall, the Tower of Buddist Incense and 17-arch Bridge in the Summer Palace of Beijing, the White Pagoda of Beihai Park in Beijing, and the courtyard resudebce in Beijing.
Obverse designer: Zhou Jian
Obverse engraver: Xu Yunfei and Zhang Chunye
Reverse designer: Yu Xiawei and Hu Fuqing
Reverse engraver: Zeng Chenghu, Xiang Liming, Yu Xiawei and Cai Yinyu