Coronavirus: Chinese school gives pupils a hat tip to teach them how to keep their distance

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One legend says that the first Song emperor ordered his ministers to wear hats with two long wings on the sides so that they could not chitchat in court assemblies without being overheard, according to Tsui Lik-hang, a historian at City University of Hong Kong.

However, he warned that this story came from a much later source, adding: “The Song emperors, in fact, were also depicted to have worn this kind of headwear with wing-like flaps.”

Period27 Apr 2020

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TitleCoronavirus: Chinese school gives pupils a hat tip to teach them how to keep their distance
Description- Pupils given headwear modelled on a style worn by officials a thousand years ago to reinforce the message that they must stay a metre away from each other
- One legend says the hats were given long extensions to stop courtiers whispering among themselves when meeting the emperor
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PlaceHong Kong
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media typePrint
Producer/AuthorHolly Chik
Date27/04/20
Linkhttps://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3081745/coronavirus-chinese-school-gives-pupils-hat-tip-teach-them-how