14 Flags of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau

What do the color and symbol on China's flag stand for?

Flags of China
Author: Professorsolo2015

The national flag of China was designed by Zeng Liansong in 1949.

He was working in Shanghai at the time the announcement came out; he wanted to create a flag design to express his patriotic enthusiasm for the new country.

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Flags of China:

Five-star Red Flag, 五星红旗

The flag of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国国旗, Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó guóqí) is a red field charged in the canton (upper corner nearest the flagpole) with five golden stars. The red represents the communist revolution; the great yellow star symbolizes the CPC, the great saviour (大救星, dà jiùxīng), the four small stars symbolize the four social classes, representing the unity of the Chinese people. [Wikipedia]

Author Professorsolo2015

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Taiwan Flag


Flag of the Republic of China. Author: SKopp

"In Chinese, the flag is commonly described as Blue Sky, White Sun, and a Wholly Red Earth (青天白日滿地紅; Qīng Tiān, Bái Rì, Mǎn Dì Hóng) to reflect its attributes. It was first used in China by the Kuomintang (KMT, the Chinese Nationalist Party) in 1917 and was made the official flag of the Republic of China (ROC) in 1928. It was enshrined in the 6th article of the Constitution of the Republic of China when it was promulgated in 1947. As the islands of Taiwan and Penghu had been under Japanese rule since 1895, the flag began use in Taiwan only after the 1945 handover. The flag is now mostly used within Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and other outlying islands where the ROC relocated in 1949, after having lost the Chinese Civil War. As of 2016 the Republic of China is usually known as Taiwan." [Wikipedia]

Flag of the Qing Dynasty (1862-1889)


Flag of the Chinese Empire under the Qing dynasty (1862-1889). Author: Sodacan .

Flag of the Qing Dynasty (1890–1912)


Flag of Hong Kong


Its design was adopted on 4 April 1990 at the Third Session of the Seventh National People's Congress. The flag of Hong Kong was first officially hoisted on 1 July 1997, in the handover ceremony marking the transfer of sovereignty. The red colour is identical to that used in the national PRC flag. The red, a festive colour in Chinese tradition, is used to convey a sense of unity and celebration. [Wikipedia]

Author: Tao Ho

Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997)


Granted on 21 January 1959, used until 30 June 1997

Flag of Macau

macau_flagThe flag is a lotus flower, the floral emblem of Macau, above the  Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge a dual-lane bridge connecting Macau Peninsula and the island of Taipa. Used on 20 December 1999

Author: PhiLiP

Flag of Macau 1976-1999


Flag of the Government of Macau between February 17, 1976 and December 20, 1999. Author: Thommy

Five-colored flag, Flag of the Republic of China (1921–1928)


First flag of the Republic of China, or "Five-colored flag". Used mainly in Shanghai and eastern parts of northern China until 1928. National Flag of the Republic of China, used between 1912-1928. Also known as "Five-colored flag". The 5 stripes represent the five great races in China's history: Han (red), Manchu (Yellow), Mongols (Blue), Chinese Muslims (White) and Tibetans (Black). Author: Kibinsky

Flag of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom


A self-proclaimed convert to Christianity, Hong Xiuquan led the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom that controlled some parts of southern China, with about 30 million people. The Qing government defeated the rebellion in 1864. [Wikipedia]

Author: Samhanin

Flag of the Wuchang uprising


The banner of the Wuchang uprising (武昌起义) of October 10, 1911, subsequently used as the flag of the army of the Republic of China, ca. 1913-1928. It appears on many varieties of Chinese currency issued during the 1910's and 1920's. The Wuchang Uprising was the Chinese uprising that served as the catalyst to the Xinhai Revolution (Revolution of 1911, or the Chinese Revolution), ending the Qing Dynasty . [Wikipedia]

Author: AnonMoos

Flags of Yuan Shikai's Empire of China

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Yuan Shikai was a Chinese general, politician and Emperor, famous for his influence during the late Qing Dynasty, his role in the events leading up to the abdication of the last Qing Emperor, his autocratic rule as the first formal President of the Republic of China, and his short-lived attempt to restore monarchy in China, with himself as the Hongxian Emperor. [Wikipedia]

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Flag of China in Tiananmen Square, Beijing


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Republic of China Flags


A rare image (1929,1930s)) of the three flags of the Republic of China together. At center, the first national flag, at left the army flag, and at right the Sun Yat Sen flag (now the flag of Taiwan). Underneath the picture is the slogan "Long live the republic!" (共和萬歲, in traditional right-to-left single-character column order). Source

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