|Flag Name(s)||[Flag Of Hong Kong]|
|Color Scheme||red white|
|Color and Design|
A stylised, white, five-petal Bauhinia blakeana flower in the centre of a red field.
|Meaning & Symbolism||The red colour is a festive colour for the Chinese people, used to convey a sense of celebration and nationalism. Moreover, the red is identical to that used in the national flag of China, chosen to signify the link re-established between post-colonial Hong Kong and Mainland China. The position of red and white on the flag symbolizes the "one country two systems" political principle applied to the region. The stylized rendering of the Bauhinia blakeana flower, a flower discovered in Hong Kong, is meant to serve as a harmonizing symbol for this dichotomy. The five stars of the Chinese national flag are replicated on the petals of the flower.|
|Description and Brief History|
The flag of Hong Kong depicts a white stylised five-petal Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia blakeana) flower in the centre of a Chinese red field. Its original design was unveiled on 4 April 1990. The current design was approved on 10 August 1996 at the Fourth Plenum of the Preparatory Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The precise use of the flag is regulated by laws passed by the 58th executive meeting of the State Council held in Beijing. The design of the flag is enshrined in Hong Kong's Basic Law, the territory's constitutional document, and regulations regarding the use, prohibition of use, desecration, and manufacture of the flag are stated in the Regional Flag and Regional Emblem Ordinance. The flag of Hong Kong was officially adopted and hoisted on 1 July 1997, during the handover ceremony marking the transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom back to China.
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