China in 1983
A teahouse in Shanghai
Photo by Andrea Cavazzuti, Italy
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The reps, who carried place cards and led the athletes into the stadium at the Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremony, wore hats decorated with a tiger head image.
A member of the Chinese women's hockey team at the Olympics wears a helmet decorated with a tiger head.
A cap decorated with a tiger head image is traditionally worn by Chinese babies.
Chinese people believe a tiger cap can help the little ones to scare undesirable spirits away.