China flag history
China Flag history - Past and previous flags of China
China’s first national flag - yellow field with a blue dragon - was flown during Qing Dynasty which ruled China from 1644 to 1912. The Five-coloured flag was used as a national flag from 1912 to 1928. The Flag of the Republic of China (Blue Sky, White Sun, and a Wholly Red Earth) flown during 1928 - 1949 period is red with a navy blue canton bearing a white sun with twelve triangular rays.
China Flag - Information
The flag of the People's Republic of China (popularly called '五星紅旗' meaning 'Five-star Red Flag') is a red field with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars (arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag) in the upper hoist-side corner.
China Flag - Colors - meaning and symbolism
The red color symbolizes communist revolution. Red is also the traditional color in Chinese culture.
Golden yellow is the official color of the Manchu dynasty and is very dear to Chinese people. Yellow also implies that China belongs to the Chinese people, a "yellow race"
The large star represents the Communist Party. The four smaller stars represent the four social classes of the traditional Chinese society - the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie (capitalists) - united under the Communist Party of China. Five 5-pointed stars reflects the importance of the number five in Chinese philosophy (The number 5 is associated with the five elements - Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, and Metal - and hence, it was historically associated with the Emperor of China)
China Flag - History, Facts & information for kids
The current national flag of China was officially unveiled in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on October 1, 1949