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14. The Chinese flag & colours


The Chinese flag in Chinese is 中 国 国 旗 zhōngguó guóqí

 

 

The Chinese flag is red and yellow. In China, the colour red is linked to luck, joy and happiness. Red is always used in festivals. Yellow was the emperor's colour. Palaces and temples were often decorated in yellow and gold. 

red - 红 色 hóngsè   
yellow - 黄 色 huángsè   


Yellow also represents bravery in China. The hero in a Chinese opera will often have a yellow mask and robes. Do you link colours with emotions? 

How many traditional sayings can you think of that link a colour to an emotion? For example, 'I was tickled pink.

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