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Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The flag of Hong Kong comprises a red field in the center of which is a white, five-petal orchid flower. The red field signifies zest, celebration, and a festive mood.
The color red also stands for the national PRC flag. The color was adopted to establish a link between Hong Kong and China. The flower is a symbol of harmony and also represents the dichotomy between China and Hong Kong.
Each of the flower’s petals features a five-pointed red star which represents for communism and socialism. The flag was first adopted on April 4, 1990, at the Third Session of the Seventh National People’s Congress. The flag was formally approved as the national flag on July 1, 1997, when the sovereignty of Hong Kong changed hands from the United Kingdom to China.
|Official Name:||Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China|
|Adopted on:||July 1, 1997|
|Location:||South of China|
|Major Cities:||Tin Shui Wai, Victoria, Hung Shui Kiu|
|Area:||426 square miles|
|Currency:||Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)|
|Official Language:||Chinese and English|
|National Anthem:||March of the Volunteers|
|National symbol(s):||orchid tree flower|
|National colors:||red, white|
|Note:||as a Special Administrative Region of China, “Yiyongjun Jinxingqu” is the official anthem (see China)|
Fact about Hong Kong flag
|Designed by||Tao Ho|
|Adopted||Approved on 4 April 1990, used since 1 July 1997|
|Design and Colors||A stylised, white, five-petal Bauhinia blakeana flower in the centre of a red field|