Beijing 2022 mascots have sold out very quickly as demand surged after the Opening Ceremony on Friday ©Getty Images

Beijing 2022 mascot Bing Dwen Dwen has been sold out at many stores in the Chinese capital after a buying frenzy followed the Opening Ceremony on Friday (February 4). 

Many began queuing shortly afterwards in sub-zero temperatures outside the Beijing 2022 store in Wangfujing, a district only two kilometres away from the Forbidden City.

Chinese state media reported staff brought out hot drinks for those in the queue.

A total of 5,000 mascots were sold in just 15 minutes according to Alibaba’s ecommerce portal TMall.

Production is set to resume after the New Year holiday to replenish stocks.

Those who were disappointed were told to return on Wednesday February 9) when more stocks are expected.

"One Bing Dwen Dwen per family" has started to trend on the Chinese social media site Weibo according to Xinhua.

"Some friends asked me where they could buy Bing Dwen Dwen," Beijing 2022 spokesman Zhao Weidong said. 

"It demonstrates people's attention towards the Beijing Winter Olympics and the achievement of engaging 300 million people in winter sports in China."

In the Main Press Centre, the store announced a restriction allowing the purchase of one plush toy and one item in each other category.

Nevertheless, by the time the store closed this evening, almost all the shelves were empty.

A notice outside said, "thank you for your understanding and adoration of the licensed products."

Medallists receive a mascot with a gold laurel wreath at the presentation ceremony and members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were given a mascot as souvenirs after the banquet.

"He is lively, funny and witty and of course full of positive energy," IOC director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi said.

"It should be part of my collection but also yours."