At the heart of symbolism

The flag of Hong Kong


Flag of Hong Kong

The bauhinia

When the British possession Hong Kong reverted to China in 1997, it remained a Special Administrative Region with its own flag. This situation should last till 2040. The flag was run up for the first time during the ceremony of the exchange of power between the United-Kingdom and the People's Republic of China. Let us mention that the Hong Kong flag may only be hoisted next to the sovereign flag and in second place.

Bauhinia flowerThe new attractive flag and the Chinese sovereignty one have the same red 1. The central pattern is a stylized white bauhinia flower, a five-petaled “orchid”. This flower can be mostly found in Hong Kong in a bright crimson colour and less frequently white as on the pattern.

The stylized form of the pattern on the flag suggests a rotation of the flower around its centre. This rotation generates a circular relationship between the five red stars inside the petals. A circularity at the root of close linkages between the elements symbolized by the five stars.

Flag of ChinaBringing the stared patterns of the Hong Kong and Chinese sovereignty flags closer may let think that the five stars represent the Chinese people unity under the supervision of the Communist Party. However, if this interpretation may correspond to a representation of four small stars arranged around a bigger one, it does not match a circular arrangement of five identical stars. The latter is more evoking the very old Chinese “element” theory. It was used to explain the manifestation process of the physical aspects in relation to the yang and yin principles. As everybody knows, nothing occurs in China which does not associate yin and yang.

1 back The background colour of both flags is a pure red (#FF0000 in hexadecimal), adapted to the type of material used to make them.

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