Weekly Photo Challenge – The Hue of You

“My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue”

Carole King



This week Cheri challenges us to share photos of color that speak to something about ourselves.  An interesting exercise that I’m addressing through some of the colorful sights of China’s capital city, Beijing.



Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
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“Like flowers in the fields, that make wonderful views, when we stand side-by-side in our wonderful hues.”

Michael Tyler

In Chinese culture, red is a happy color, symbolizing joy and good fortune.  It is worn by Chinese brides on their wedding day, and is the predominant color during the celebration of Chinese New Year.  Yellow is the emperor’s color and in ancient times only he was allowed to wear it.  It is also symbolic of the yellow earth as related to farming.



“It’s no fun to be yellow.”

J.D. Salinger

I love both red and yellow, which are the predominant colors in my favorite room at home.  I’m drawn to photograph it, and a field of sunflowers is is my idea of heaven.  Sadly, I look absolutely awful in either color, which just doesn’t seem fair.  I am, however, a generally lucky person so perhaps the Chinese are on to something there 🙂



“Red is the great clarifier – bright and revealing.”

Diana Vreeland

I found myself drawn to the many instances of red and yellow in Beijing’s Forbidden City, and in the Imperial and Summer Palaces. All of today’s photographs were taken there, with the exception of the final shot, which is from a different part of the city. I simply couldn’t resist including it as a bit of an ironic element to close out the post.  Enjoy then, a few more of Beijing’s reds and yellows.



In ancient China there was a belief that the people were descended from the dragon.  Unlike most cultures, they hold the dragon in high esteem for its dignity and power for good.  Dragons are seen all over China, especially on the rooftops – as in the photo below.



“Red is good.”

Christopher Golden

Lanterns, such as those below (and also the more typical round red shades with golden tassels), are ubiquitous in China.  Originally developed as an improvement over open flames (protecting the flame from the wind and diffusing the light), they have become quite a status symbol.  In ancient times, the emperor would have the empire’s finest artisans working on the palace’s lamp shades.  Today, artists from all over China compete in the immensely popular annual Lantern Festival.





“Yellow heightens your awareness and alleviates depression.”

Tae Yun Kim

And last, but never least, a sign that yesterday’s Beijing is moving quickly to embrace some of the elements of a more modern world:



“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.” 

H.P. Lovecraft

To see some other “hues” click here.

103 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – The Hue of You

  1. Great shots…great hues. My favorite being the McD’s sign. My first job in China was with a pharma company in Beijing, and on Christmas Eve after working late I bought a Big Mac, shake and fries and walked to Tiananmen Square, sat looking toward the Mao portrait and enjoyed the night 🙂

  2. I think the reason I like your photos is that your not afraid to to get in close and show the crackled paint the weathered dragon on the roof, the row of red lanterns and keeping them straight, burnished knob and many more objects that are normal over looked. Congratulation on a great collection of photos.

  3. Wow Tina … I really love this post . You really found your hues on the trip 🙂
    The dragons .. burnished.. the red lanterns .. real joy 🙂

  4. The last shot is funny, but it makes sense – that red & yellow is everywhere! I think my favorite image is the Hutong Wall – it’s very harmonious, and interesting. Tells a story. I’m happily amused by your choice of a quote from Diana Vreeland, of all people – one usually sees “loftier” names associated with quotes on blogs, but her quote is perfect for the topic. You’re a very well rounded person, I suspect!

    • LOL, thanks for the well-rounded comment! I like to think so but often it feels like “jack of all trades, master of none”! You should see my golf game 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I had the exact same thought about including Vreeland’s quote but it did seem to fit the need!

  5. Wonderful series of images. My favorites? Burnished, Leading line of Lanterns [Thought – Better to have the 1st lantern in full view & in focus vs just the 2nd?] and Have a seat.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Rick! And good suggestion.not sure I could have positioned myself to catch the 1st lantern AND the railing but if I’d thought of it I’d have tried! Appreciate your taking the time to constructively critique!

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  9. what a HAPPY post……AND….. a brilliant eye….colors are magnificant…happen to be favorites of mine as well….yellow/red……

  10. awesome series – my favorite is LEADING LINE OF LANTERNS – simply stunning!
    (thanks for encouraging me always…. THANK YOU!)

    • Thanks Ron, I always thought of it as french, which is how I’ve used it in my home. But I really loved the reds and yellows in China, which was everywhere! Appreciate your visit and comment.

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  12. Tina, I am absolutely smitten with the new look of your page and this entry is fabulous. 🙂 The dragons on the roof, Buddha’s earlobe, so many beautiful and original shots!
    I’m another red and yellow fan, and I do wear red well (though the last time I wore canary yellow was in my teens- a wide capecoat you really couldn’t miss! Those were the days 🙂 ) Thanks for a lovely start to my day.

    • Hi Jo, and thanks for your very lovely feedback. Really appreciate the comment on the new theme- I must have tried 20 or more before taking the leap :-). Funny you mentioned canary yellow. I bought a bright yellow hooded rain cape that I wore in china several times. They must have thought I was a truly crazy foreigner, but it kept me and my gear nice and dry the few times it rained!

  13. Your photos are wonderful. I love that you’ve chosen a happy, joyful color as the hue of you! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today and Liking my post!

      • You are welcome! I am so glad I have found your blog – well, in fact that you’ve find mine first 😀 -, I am always glad when I find people who do great photography. This whole photoblogging thing is amazing. Thank you for your visit as well.

  14. I so enjoy how your wonderful photo “Happy Hardhat” transitions to “Hutong Wall” which also features a red wall and yellow (traditional straw) hat!
    What I enjoyed most was the surprise “twist ending” of your last photo! McDonald’s surely got the hues right for their newest customers!

      • Yes very true. Workdays are interesting when the fellows with bikes overloaded with wares like pottery, gathered recycling or chickens drive past. I wish I could call in sick and sit on the corner with my camera 😉

  15. The challenge is not easy, I really enjoyed this weeks entries and learned a lot, not only about you yourself but also about other cultures. Excellent photography, Tina! Have a great start in the new week.
    greetings to you from Cambridge

  16. fabulous, fabulous photos as usual – and I love the colours 🙂 My favourite is “burnished” but I love the roof tiles and dragon shots as well – a tough choice!
    Jude xx

  17. Love that “yellow/gold” alleviates depression! In the Covenant Colors of the Rainbow it symbolizes JOY……
    THNX, Tina for “enlarging the pegs of our tent” ! Molly

  18. Tina, Your colorful photos reminded me of 1985, when we visited China, and the memorable colors of The Forbidden City, and the contrast grays and blues found on the people in the streets. Thanks for the memories!
    Ann S

    • Thanks Ann – someone else who’d been there many years ago commented on all of the people in the same drab outfits. Wish I’d seen it then for comparison! Appreciate your stopping by!

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