AP PHOTOS: Curtains to carpets, red rules Chinese politics

In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 photo, delegates walk past red curtains as they leave after attending the closing session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Red has long…

BEIJING (AP) — Come to any event at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing, and you’re bound to see red.

As the hulking venue for official pomp and ceremony hosts the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp parliament this month, flags of scarlet line the building’s rooftops, red carpets cover its floors and hostesses in long ruby-colored dresses welcome dark-suited delegates.

Red has long be special in Chinese culture, representing good fortune — but not necessarily its rulers. For centuries, China’s emperors…

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