Red: China Town

Everyone has a favourite colour. A colour can express a persons personality and essence, and the same can be exhibited in culture.

China; due to its rich heritage, uses colours with significant meaning in every ritual, including; ceremony’s, festivals, even businesses. The Five Elements Theory (metal, fire, water, wood, air) establishes China’s most popular colours; red, yellow, black, white and blue. These colours emphasise the importance of China’s beliefs and customs. I feel as if red is a colour which connotes to the Chinese culture, and is far more frequently used than the others.

Symbolising luck, happiness and joy; red also represents the season of summer and the Southern Direction. It is the color worn by brides, as it is believed in Chinese culture to be a propitious colour for warding off evil. Red also holds the representation of vitality, celebration and fertility in traditional Chinese color symbolism.

This photo of China Town in London, I feel expresses the busy lifestyle of the Country of China, as the photo is overcrowded with people. The red lanterns are a monumental symbol of China, and the salient red colour is recognisable by all audiences. Although the lantern was created for a simple source of light, in today’s society it can even be used as creation and decoration. The emblematic Paifang archways are usually found at the borders of Chinatowns, separating the two social and cultural spaces. However, the inscriptions on the archways connect both the cultural and the host society and that is why archways are often call ‘Friendship Arches’ or ‘Goodwill Arches.’


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