In Chinese culture, yellow is the color of royalty, power, hope and prosperity, making this a very lucky color. The first Emperor of China, Huangdi, was known as the Yellow Emperor. During the Song Dynasty, imperial palaces were adorned with yellow glazed titles, while the Ming and Qing Dynasties saw Emperors dressed in yellow robes. They also travelled on yellow paths in yellow carriages, while all official flags were yellow and official seals were – you guessed it – yellow. If you head to Beijing Jing Mountain to look over the Forbidden City, you’ll still see a swathe of yellow glazed roof tiles. You’ll also see Chinese Buddhist monks wearing yellow robes, as the colour is symbolic of freedom from materialism.
In the Chinese Five Elements Theory, yellow corresponds with earth. China was often called Yellow Earth after its Yellow River, the second longest river in the country. Yellow also represents the late summer season.
If you want to feel the power and prosperity of the color yellow when you travel, you’ve got to visit the Yellow City itself. Hoi An in Vietnam is known as the Yellow City as many buildings through the city are painted yellow, giving it a warm, golden hue. While some say the buildings were painted yellow to keep them cool in the heat, others say it’s because yellow symbolises superiority in Vietnamese culture. If you explore Hoi An night, you’ll see many temples, streets and bridges lit up in glowing lights, adding another dash of yellow to this gorgeous city.
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