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Why do Chinese people particularly like red? What are the historical sources?

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  1. Adam WANG SHANGHAI MEGA

    Adam WANG SHANGHAI MEGA SENIOR MEMBER

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    Why do Chinese people particularly like red? What are the historical sources?
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    If the miracle is colored, it must be Chinese Red! It can be said that no country in the world is more suited to the color of red than China. The modern history of China is a red history that bears too many red memories of the Chinese people; more importantly, China Red is the Chinese flag. The colors are countless martyrs dyed with blood!
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    The Chinese people's love of China Red is an obvious fact. However, why do Chinese people love red so much? When you study history carefully, it is not difficult to find the source.

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    When the tribe and the tribe are allied, the essential ceremonies are "blood for blood." In the eyes of primitive witchcraft, the parties are linked together through blood sharing, and the mystical nature of blood makes it an important medium for swearing. The color of the blood begins to become a symbol of the oath.
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    In addition, the red blood symbolizes life, which is also a common concept of the ancients. In Lu Xun's "Medicine," Hua Laoxiu and his wife bought blood for their sons to meddle their heads to cure their illnesses. This is actually a kind of superstition circulating among the people at the bottom of society. The foolish people believe that the fresh blood full of life can be used to cure diseases.
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    The above text actually reflects the fact that from the era of monarchy to modern times, the lack of people with enough knowledge about the blood and the taboos among them have, to some extent, promoted red as the color of people's preferences. In other words, Chinese people like red and are influenced by mysticism that has been handed down since ancient times.
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    In addition, some scholars also believe that Chinese people like red and are associated with the worship of the sun and fire that have been handed down since ancient times.

    [​IMG] In the consciousness of the ancients, the sickness was often caused by ghosts, and the red can overcome illness and overcome the disease. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand that in the ancient medical practice, there are often examples of red outbreak disease.
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    According to historical records such as Later Han, Historical Records, etc., the Han Dynasty had more red auspiciousness, and auspiciousness was seen as a manifestation of God's will. Therefore, red represents the authority of the “Heaven”; together with many legends of the Han Dynasty, Red is concerned. Under the ruler’s propaganda, red also has the symbolic significance of mysterious authority.

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    Red hat of Emperor
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    Since the Ming Dynasty, because the royal family was a surname Zhu, national politics and culture advocated the use of red. The red culture gradually penetrated into all aspects of China and gradually developed into a national representative. Together with the "red memory" mentioned at the beginning of this article, it also created a fact - China Red, everywhere, all the time!
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    After Ming Dynasy, Qing China is yellow right? Qing China's flag was dominantly yellow.
     
  3. Adam WANG SHANGHAI MEGA

    Adam WANG SHANGHAI MEGA SENIOR MEMBER

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    Look carefully the emperor hat color please!
    No one was above the emperor, except the red color.


    The following are the best 6 emperors of the Qing Dynasty (no one is a mediocre emperor, and all of them are good emperors with great talents)

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    Khan Of Great Jin(Fromer Qing empire)
    Reign
    17 February 1616 – 30 September 1626

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    Emperor Of Great Qing
    Khan of Later Jin

    Reign 20 October 1626 – 15 May 1636





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    3rd Emperor of the Qing dynasty
    Shunzhi Emperor(Unified China)
    Reign 8 October 1643 – 5 February 1661

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    Kangxi Emperor
    Reign 5 February 1661 – 20 December 1722

    The Emperor Kangxi adept with both the pen and the sword,he disintegrated treacherous minister Aobai , removed the three regional kings, unified Taiwan, defeated Russia, wiped out the King of Gurdan of the Zhunger Khanate, compiled the Kangxi Dictionary, and so on.



    [​IMG] Yongzheng Emperor
    Reign 27 December 1722 – 8 October 1735
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    Qianlong Emperor
    Reign 8 October 1735 – 9 February 1796
     
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    Yellow is emperor's colour.
    Red is more universal.
     
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    Red is the color of a hyman .
     
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    Highest Confucius temple uses yellow, approved by emperors, but interior design is mostly red.
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    Normal city wall: no yellow
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    Forbidden city's wall in Datong City: many yellow elements

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    Beijing's normal city wall: no yellow
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    But interior designs of all buildings largely use red elements regardless of the political levels.

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    Why Chinese particularly like Communism (which is a western idea)? Red was an adopted color from the french revolution, again another color that was as a symbol of Christian monarchies and priests, where the red color symbolizes the blood of Jesus (pbuh).
    :D Nice going commi kids.
     
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    red is the color of wine
    yellow is the color of beer
     
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    New bullet trains also use symbolic colours.
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    Future bullet train for Winter Olympics
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    China has adopted red as the main color long before your God was created and thousands of years before UK created your country.
     
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    Different dynasty have different favour colour for the emperor, those colours are black, yellow and red. Unlike the typical view about Emperor wears the yellow dragon gown, Emperors wear all kind of colours for their gowns. Not to mention, traditional Chinese clothing had strict rule to establish different set of clothing for different occasions, especially in the Imperial court and government.
     
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    Yes.
    Eastern Zhou Dynasty
    770–255 BC



    Han Dynasty
    206 BC–220 AD



    Tang Dynasty 618-917 AD
     
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    Very sad Ming dynasty has 2 great emperor only. Zhudi and Yongle. Subsequent are all terrible and useless.
     
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    But effective civil service in the central government made the empire strong enough even without strong emperors.
    Remember one was absent from the daily morning court for decades, but the cabinet was still functioning smoothly.

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