Yellow in China is the color of happiness, glory, and wisdom. In China, there are five directions of the compass; north, south, east, west, and the middle, each with a symbolic color. Yellow signifies the middle. China is called the Middle Kingdom; the palace of the Emperor was considered to be in the exact center of the world. The name of the legendary first Emperor of China, Huang Ti, meant literally “the Yellow Emperor.” The Chinese Emperor was literally considered the child of heaven, with both a political and religious role, both symbolized by yellow. Only members of the Imperial household were permitted to wear yellow. Distinguished visitors were honored with a yellow,
not a red, carpet. In Chinese symbolism, yellow, red and green are masculine colors, while black and white
are considered feminine. In the traditional symbolism of the two opposites which complement each other,
the yin and yang, the masculine yang is traditionally represented by yellow.