In this Nov. 11, 2012 photo, a woman walks past portraits of former Chinese leaders, from left, Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi, at a shopping area in Beijing. The color red has l

 

              In this Nov. 11, 2012 photo, a woman walks past portraits of former Chinese leaders, from left, Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi, at a shopping area in Beijing. The color red has l
In this Nov. 11, 2012 photo, a woman walks past portraits of former Chinese leaders, from left, Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi, at a shopping area in Beijing. The color red has long had special significance in China, symbolizing health, wealth, and good wishes. Its red army and a sea of red flags and banners came to characterize both cities and countryside following the success of the 1949 revolution. However, in the more than three decades since the death of revolutionary leader Mao Zedong and the jettisoning of orthodox Marxism, red has taken on different meanings and contexts, some ancient, some very modern, finding its way into home furnishings, luxury items, clothing, and leisure goods, as well as the restored vestiges of Beijing’s imperial heritage. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)