Norbert Hagemann, Bernd Strauss and Jan Leissing, Psychology researchers at the University of Muenster claim that sports referees in Taekwondo typically give 13% better points to athletes wearing red than blue.
- Spring in China is associated with greenish blue. This symbolises an abundance of vitality and vigour.
- Summer in China is bright red as it represents the fire element.
- Autumn turns into white with a bluish tint. The element for autumn is metal and the direction is west. It is a time to be tranquil and serene after the heat of summer.
- Winter in China is black, even though parts of China have snowfall. Winter is marked by an absence of water. Black is the colour of water, which at winter withdraws into the northern “shallows of the world”.
- Yellow is the colour between the seasons.
How Chinese Leaders Use Colours in Costumes
The most influential person in China, Chairman Mao carefully avoided the imperial yellow and used red only in badges or armbands. Chairman Mao Tse Tung mostly kept to grey, Mao suit blue or army green.
The current microblogging and modern Chinese president Hu Jintao has brought a touch of colour to Chinese leader’s outfit. Though he carefully avoids imperial yellow, he uses bright red and the suits are not grey but Western style dark blue or black.
US President George W Bush found that doors wouldn’t open for him at a conference in Beijing, China but he was fooling against a much more colourful background than Nixon and Carter.